The Engineering & Design Department faculty nominate one graduating senior from each of our four programs. These students are recognized for not only their outstanding academic achievements, but their committment to excellence in leadership, research, community, and service.
The list of current and previous outstanding graduates is in the link to the right.
Engineering & Design Alumni
Plastics & Composites Engineering, BS, 2018
The PCE major is a fantastic program with so many ways to learn hands-on and make connections in a real world area of expertise. Challenge yourself to learn about the beauty -- and drawbacks -- of plastics and composites. There's much more than meets the eye or what you see in media.
Undergraduate research: Biobased and biodegradable plasticsRecyling Department Manager EngineerAchilles, USA
Plastics & Composites Engineering, BS, 2019
Material Science Minor
Polymer Science and Engineering, PhD, University of Southern Mississippi, current
The WWU Engineering & Design Department offers incredible opportunities for those who are willing to seek them out. Be open to new experiences and try to get out of your comfort zone, you may find a passion for an aspect of engineering you did not know you had!
Research projects: Benzoxazine Nanocomposites for Additive Manufacturing
Student Clubs: Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineers (SAMPE)PhD student, University of Southern Mississippi
Manufacturing Engineering, BS, 2019
WWU offers a hands on learning environment that not only supports students in their pursuit of an engineering degree, but also in being adventurous with their interests and extracurricular activities. A program only limited by an individual’s imagination and perseverance.
Student Club: Society of Manufacturing EngineersReliability EngineerAsh Grove Cement Seattle
Plastics & Composites Engineering, BS, 2017
Material Science, MS, University of Southern California, 2020
WWU Engineering takes a multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving and positions you to be an effective team member on any project you are a part of. I encourage getting involved in Professional Societies such as SWE, SAMPE, ASM, or many others to ensure you are driving your learning to the relevant problems of industry, and get involved in research as soon as possible.
Research projects: Resin Transfer Molding Materials & Process Development for Aerospace Sandwich Composite Parts
Student Club: Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineers (SAMPE)Product Development EngineerBoeing
Industrial Design, BS, 2021
User Experience Minor
Being a part of the Industrial Design program has been a game changer. I'm thankful for the hands on learning experience and tight knit bond I made with my peers and professors.
I will never regret the endless hours and determination it took to make it through the Industrial Design program. I know I am graduating with an abundance of skills, and a love for the career path I set myself up for.
Student Club: Industrial Designers Society of AmericaIndustrial/Packaging Design InternBose
Electrical and Computer Engineering - Energy Concentration, BS, 2021
If you’re willing to work hard, you’ll go far. Perseverance is key. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, it’s all around you in this program. There is a strong sense of community at Western and it is a really valuable experience if you embrace it.
Student Clubs: Institute of Electrrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Society of Women Engineers (SWE)System Operations EngineerPowin Energy
Manufacturing Engineering, BS, 2017
The best part of the program was the hands on portions. The time spent doing engineering activities and not just learning about them really helped me understand and feel confident in applying those learnings to real life. Get involved in clubs and internships. It was those extra things that landed me in a great role after graduation.
Student Clubs: Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Society of Women EngineersQuality EngineerFluke Electronics
Katherine (David) Ray
Plastics & Composites Engineering, BS, 2019
The Plastics and Composites program at Western Washington University is a well balanced program that focuses on both the theoretical and physical requirements for plastics processing, coupled with extremely valuable hands-on learning. The professors and leaders of this program provide the education, community, and opportunities necessary for success after graduation.
Research projects: Zodiac Aerospace and Nike sponsored projects
Student Clubs: Society of Women EngineersProcess EngineerNike
Industrial Technology - Vehicle Design, BS, 2018
MBA, Kansas University, current
Get involved in a club (especially WWU Racing) or activity in the engineering department. It’s the best way to get hands on experience and learn from students outside your major, which will make you that much more valuable when entering the workforce. Also, understand how lucky you are to be in a program that is to focused on lab based work.
Student Club: Society of Automotive Engineers - Formula SAEBusiness Operations ManagerMotivo Engineering
Plastics & Composites Engineering, BS, 2014
Material Science Minor
The best ABET accredited Plastics Engineering program of it's kind. Not only do students learn theory from professors who have backgrounds in industry, the labs at WWU are fully equiped with analysis and plastics processing equipment for hands on experience that is invaluable for landing that first engineering job. I had my first industry job offer before walking the graduation stage thanks to the reputation and prestige of WWU.
Process EngineerCascadia Custom Molding
Dr. Jeffrey Stuart Wiggins
Industrial Technology, BS, 1988
College of Science & Engineering, Distinguished Alumni Award, 2017
Jeff received his BS at WWU and then went on to get his MBA. Soon after, he was General Manager for Nike at a time of significant environmental regulations, which he helped the company emerge with a completely new product line. He later went back to school to receive his PhD in Polymer Science and Engineering from the U of So Mississippi. He is currently a faculty member at USM in Polymer Science and Engineering. He directs a multi-million-dollar research group with multiple industrial partners while also helping create a pipeline for WWU undergrads to consider research as a career (through NSF’s REU program and by recruiting WWU graduates to USM’s grad programs which he does by visiting campus once a year). He has published 23 papers since 2010 relative to his current work at U of So Mississippi.Director of the School of Polymers, University of Southern Mississippi