Research and Student Projects

Engineering & Design students have opportunities to participate in undergraduate research projects with faculty and work on projects within in our labs.  The hands-on learning approach allows students to learn how to use industry-grade equipment and build a strong project portfolio.  Read about the various opportunities and previous student work below. 


Polymer Materials Engineering

PME students have the opportunity to work on research projects alongside faculty and industry partners.  Click on the links below to learn more!

Current Research


Manufacturing Engineering

Manufacturing Engineering students have the opportunity to work as research assistants alongside faculty and industry partners.  Check out the links below for more information!

Current Research

  • Machining Research Lab (link)
  • Applied ergonomics & human factors
  • Learning factories
  • Automation
  • Manufacturing systems & product design
  • 3D printing process evaluation methods
  • Machining of aerospace materials


Showing the worth of ocean plastics as a reusable item and then creating a robust industry niche for that plastic would be so important.  And our students are working towards that. 

Associate Professor John Misasi

North American Ocean Plastics Research

It's a great feeling to develop a tangible item with a clear purpose and use for the company. 

Daniel Guilder, EECE student

Senior Capstone Project sponsored by PACCAR


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering students can work alongside faculty members on research projects.  

Current Research


Industrial Design


Industrial Design students showcase their work both digitally and in person.  Many of the student projects are in collaboration with industry partners.  Click on the links below to see what our students can do. 

2021 Senior Project -Ampersand

2021 Junior ID Showcase

CUBE Project

WWU ID student work

Instagram - industrial design

Earn credits towards your degree!

Students may earn credits for participating in research.  Each research credit is equal to 3 hours of research work per week during a quarter.  While students may repeat research courses, there is limit of how many credits may be applied to the degree. Consult your faculty advisor for options and registration approval.