Engineering and Design 

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The Engineering and Design Department offers four undergraduate Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial Design, Manufacturing Engineering, and Polymer Materials Engineering. Our department has a strong commitment to teaching and scholarship that develops industry-ready graduates through a combination of creative problem-solving, analytical skills development, and experiential learning. 

Ross Engineering Technology Building room 204

Hours of Operation Mon-Fri: 8-1 PM, 2-5 PM

You can also reach us at 360-650-3380 or by email at ENGD@wwu.edu.


Manufacturing Engineering

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Polymer Materials Engineering

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Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Industrial Design


Upcoming Events

Jun 07 2024
Ross Engineering Building
Jun 13 2024
Viking Union, Room 565

Making Waves

A New Life for Ocean Plastics

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Polymer Materials Engineering students helped pull 50,000 pounds of plastic from beaches in Alaska, and not a single pound made its way to a landfill. 

Read about how Associate Professor John Misasi and his students are giving discarded plastic new purpose!

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Faculty Spotlight

Jill Davishahl

Jill Davishahl is Assistant Professor and First Year Programs Director in the Engineering + Design department. Jill’s teaching, service, and research activities focus on enhancing the first-year student experience by implementing strategies focused on increasing equity and improving success in the major. She recently was given the "Outstanding Teaching Award" by the PNW section of the American Society of Engineering Education. In addition to teaching, she runs a Student Engagement Liaison program and manages the Makerspace. Her current research focuses on creating inclusive and equitable learning environments and is supported by two National Science Foundation grants, one of which is centered around investigating the impact of social engagement on sense of belonging in academic makerspaces.

Makerspace    Student Engagement Liaisons   American Society of Engineering Education

Research Spotlight

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Cognizant Learning for Autonomous Cyber Physical Systems, National Science Foundation

(l to r) Jared Hechter, Brandon Chea, Brandon Nakamura, and Jonah Duncan - Electrical and Computer Engineering majors

This summer, students have been working under the supervision of Assistant Professor Bhaskar Ramasubramanian to understand and develop algorithms to improve behaviors of autonomous vehicles when they share their environments with human drivers. The students have been reading recent research in this domain and working with the Nocturne driving simulator. They have also been spending part of their time trying to assemble a 1/10-scale RC car and with the goal of deploying reinforcement learning algorithms.

Click to learn more about this research!

Student Spotlight


Alex Orelind recently won first place in the Global Innovation Inspired Home Show Excellence in Student Design Competition for his ultrasonic meat-thawing chamber, SONA. 

Alex is a junior in the Industial Design program.   Juniors in Professor Oslapas' fall quarter class are tasked with creating a design that meets the criteria of the international design challenge. Students are to redesign an existing housewares product to meet the needs of the future or create a concept for a new product.  Since 1993, more than 6900 entries have been submitted. 


Click here to view Alex's design and more. 


Terra Sullivan and Kate Baring, juniors in the same class, were awarded Honorable Mention for their design CHOW, a dog treat maker.

Congratulations Alex, Kate, and Terra!