Employment, Research and Student Projects

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Where are PME graduates working?

Approximately 70-80% of our graduates get a job in industry. They are employed locally, regionally and across the country by a diverse pool of industries, including aerospace, marine, automotive, defense,  biomedical, consumer goods, and clean energy.

Alumni Employment

Process Engineer at Nike

Product Development at Ascend Performance Materials

Applications Engineer at Samson Rope

Design Engineer at Hexcel Corporation

Materials Process & Physics Engineer at Boeing

Research & Development Engineer at Quatro Composites

Process Engineer at R & D Plastics

Structures Engineer at Systima Technologies

 

Research and Student Projects

PME majors are able to participate in research projects as undergraduate students. They also have the opportunity to work with industry partners on year-long projects. 

Click on the link below to learn more about what our faculty and students are working on!

2021-2022 Research

 

Questions about how to get involved? 

Contact:  Sean Ryan, Research Associate

 ryans27@wwu.edu

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Circular Economy

Learn more about the North American Ocean Plastics Recycling program and research in WWU's Polymer Materials Engineering program.

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Ocean Plastics Recovery

Students and faculty have gone to Alaska to help clean up beaches.  They bring items back to the labs and reuse them for new products.  This video was made by a WWU alum.

Ocean Plastics Recovery Project 

JCATI - Toray Project 2022

Funded by a JCATI award, WWU and Toray Composites America have been collaborating to investigate possible chemical recycling methods for scrap carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) composites. Currently a high boiling temperature solvent and catalyst system are being employed. Current work aims to understand the impacts of recycling parameters on recovered fiber and resin properties and the challenges of scaling the process.

JCATI Research

JCATI Research

Sponsor a Senior Project

Our Polymer Materials Engineering students are required to have a year-long senior project before they can graduate. Often times these research projects are industry-partnered. Becoming an industry sponsor is a mutually beneficial opportunity for companies, industry professionals, and Western students.

You can get involved with two approaches depending on the scope of the project:

1) R&D partnerships and other long-term projects (typically involving grant funding) are administered through WWU's Office of Research and Sponsored Projects.

2) Projects of limited scope and duration are handled directly by the TDC.

We welcome you to contact us for any of the following:

  • Tours
  • Requesting more information about the TDC
  • Providing more information about potential projects

To learn more about becoming a sponsor click the "Become and Industry Sponsor" button below. 

Polymer Materials Engineering Equipment

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Thermoplastic 
Processing

  • Injection Molding 
  • Vacuum Thermoforming 
  • Extruding
  • Rotational Molding
  • Blow Molding

Materials
Conditioning 

  • Walk-in Freezer
  • Accelerated Weathering Unit 

Composite and Thermoset Processing

  • Compression Molding 
  • Reaction Injection Molding
  • Autoclave
  • Vacuum Ovens
  • Pneumatic Ski Press
  • Braider
  • Filament Winder