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Plastics Engineering

Plastics are said to be the most versatile materials on Earth.

UMass Lowell offers the first and largest ABET* accredited Plastics Engineering program in the U.S. and a research-oriented graduate program.

"UMass Lowell is among the nation's leading centers for plastics technology, and its Plastics Engineering program...is helping to push new boundaries of how these versatile materials are used, produced and processed." - The Boston Globe

The Plastics Engineering Department is an internationally recognized leader in plastics engineering education. Founded in 1954, we offer the first and largest ABET* accredited Plastics Engineering program in the U.S. More than 3,000 graduates are working in the plastics industry, some with their own entrepreneurial businesses (see video), in leadership positions worldwide. Learn more.

Plastics Profiles

  • Greg Reimonn
    Plastics Engineering

    Greg Reimonn found a faculty mentor to help him research microplastics in waterways, thanks to an honors fellowship.

  • Katherine Spagnoli
    Plastics Engineering

    Katherine Spagnoli took a roundabout path, beginning at Mount Wachusett Community College, to arrive at UMass Lowell's Plastics Engineering Department - now it feels like home.

  • Brianna Atwood
    Plastics Engineering

    Brianna Atwood came to UMass Lowell to study plastics engineering – but she’s done so much more. The honors student started a volunteer program that connects UML students with a local school. She has also participated in the professional co-op program, working on fire-resistant seals for airplanes.

  • Leo Montagna
    Plastics Engineering

    Plastics Engineering alumnus Leo Montagna Jr. '70, '76 says he wouldn't be where is is today with the University. He is a devoted UMass Lowell donor and supporter of the Plastics Engineering Department.

  • Sid Iyer
    Plastics Engineering

    Sid Iyer has taken advantage of internships, research opportunities, the DifferenceMaker program and more to pursue his goal: a career in biomedical research and development.

  • Yrvanie Joseph
    Plastics Engineering

    Yrvanie Joseph is grateful for alumni scholarships because they confirm the value of her hard work and academic achievements.

  • Patrick McCallum
    Plastics Engineering

    Patrick McCallum got a leg up on his plastics engineering career with an internship at Wittmann Battenfeld, where he worked alongside the company's president, alum David Preusse '85.

  • Chris & Paula White
    Engineering

    The founders of what has become a multimillion dollar premium, all-natural cookie dough and ice cream sandwich company hold degrees in engineering.

  • Joey Mead
    Plastics Engineering

    For most of her professional life, Prof. Joey Mead has been interested in plastics.

  • Molly Tecce
    Plastics Engineering

    Plastics Engineering major Molly Tecce and partners from the 3D Club leapt into action to make PPE when the pandemic struck.

  • Kevin Hines
    Plastics Engineering

    Kevin Hines hopes to put his engineering skills to work designing state-of-the-art materials for the plumbing and heating industry.

  • Kraig Scharn
    Plastics Engineering

    Thanks to his internship and co-op experiences, plastics engineering major Kraig Scharn ’20 discovered that sales was the right career path for him. He is now a junior technical service engineer for Entec Polymers in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Alexander Rick
    Plastics Engineering

    For plastics engineering major Alexander Rick, a co-op position at Burton Snowboards was a dream job, a perfect alignment of his personal passion and professional goals.

  • Madison Reed
    Plastics Engineering

    Madison Reed works as a research assistant with Plastics Engineering Prof. Ramaswamy Nagarajan in the UML Fabric Discovery Center.

  • Cheryl and Paul Katen
    Plastics Technology; Physics

    Cheryl and Paul Katen are funding a scholarship to give diverse students “a leg up.”

  • Mark Saab
    Plastics Engineering

    Alumni donor Mark Saab's UMass Lowell education provided the foundation for a successful career. His gratitude to the plastics engineering program is expressed through the generous donations he's bestowed upon the University.

  • Matthew Burke
    Engineering

    While he was accepted at several high-caliber engineering programs in the Boston area, Matt is happy that he chose UMass Lowell.

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