Polymer Engineering Education

Undergraduate Studies

There are numerous courses offered at the University of Wisconsin-Madison by the College of Engineering across multiple departments that undergraduate can enroll in to broaden their knowledge of polymer engineering.

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Mechanical Engineering Courses

The following courses from the Department of Mechanical Engineering might be of interest.

  • ME313 – Manufacturing Processes
  • ME314 – Manufacturing Fundamentals
  • ME417 – Transport Phenomena in Polymer Processing
  • ME418 – Engineering Design with Polymers
  • ME419 – Fundamentals of Injection Molding
  • ME420 – Introduction to Polymer Composites Processing
  • ME508 – Composite Materials
  • ME514 – Additive Manufacturing
  • ME525 – Macromolecular Hydrodynamics

CBE and MS&E Courses

In addition, these course from the Chemical & Biological Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering might be of interest as well.

  • CBE320 – Introduction to Transport Phenomena
  • MS&E421 – Polymeric Materials
  • MS&E521 – Advanced Polymeric Materials
  • CBE540 – Polymer Science & Technology

Undergraduate Research Assistants

An additional opportunity for undergraduates to strength their polymer engineering knowledge is to work as a research assistant. Credit can be earned that counts towards graduation requirements. For more information, please contact our undergraduate research coordinator, Sara Simon.

Graduate Studies

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School is a world-renowned institution with excellence in research and graduate education as its core mission. The tremendous breadth of academic resources at UW-Madison offers students a wide selection of supporting coursework and interdisciplinary opportunities, including pursuing graduate studies in the field of polymer engineering. With the faculty of the Polymer Engineering Center holding appointments in both the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Materials Science program, our students span both departments either as M.S. or Ph.D. candidates.

For more information regarding graduate studies, the following websites may be of value:

Master of Engineering

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M.Eng. - Polymer Science

In addition to the traditional MS and PhD programs, a Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Polymer Science is offered online through the Department of Engineering Professional Development (EPD). This interdisciplinary program prepares engineers and scientists for professional practice in the polymer industry. Graduates are typically employed by the plastics industry or by other polymer manufacturing businesses.

UW-Madison has attained international recognition for its research and teaching in polymer engineering and science. Students may be admitted with a bachelor’s degree from any of the physical sciences, such as chemical engineering, chemistry, engineering mechanics or mechanical engineering. The program is administered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering, through which students must first be admitted for graduate study. The degree is ideal for practicing engineers and scientists who are not able to leave their positions in industry and attend classes on campus.

M.Eng. - Admission Requirements

All candidates must meet the admissions requirements set forth by the Graduate School and the Department of Engineering Professional Development (EPD). For the most current requirements, please visit the EPD Website.

M.Eng - Degree Requirements

For the most current degree requirements, please visit the EPD Website . A minimum of 30 post-baccalaureate credits are required for the Master of Engineering: Polymer Science degree. Coursework is selected from the following polymer courses and relevant graduate-level electives chosen by the student with approval from their faculty advisor. A minimum of 15 ME credits are required, including ME417, ME418 and at least one 700-level ME course.

  • ME417 – Introduction to Polymer Processing
  • ME418 – Engingeering Design with Polymers
  • ME419 – Fundamentals of Injection Molding
  • ME508 – Composite Materials
  • ME570 – Experimental Mechanics
  • ME573 – Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • ME699 – Independent Study
  • ME708 – Advanced Composite Materials
  • ME717 – Advanced Polymer Processing
  • ME718 – Modeling & Simulation in Polymer Processing

For course descriptions, please visit the UW Course Guide and for more information, please visit the Engineering Professional Development (EPD) website.

Textbooks

The faculty of the Polymer Engineering Center has published numerous textbooks that span diverse topics in the area of polymer processing, simulations, and design.

Current Editions

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Understanding Polymer Processing – 2nd Edition

Authors
Tim Osswald
Publisher
Hanser Publications
Publication Year
2017
ISBN
9781569906477

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Polymer Rheology: Fundamentals and Applications

Authors
Tim Osswald & Natalie Rudolph
Publisher
Hanser Publications
Publication Year
2015
ISBN
9781569905173

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Materials Science of Polymers for Engineers – 3rd Edition

Authors
Tim Osswald & Georg Menges
Publisher
Hanser Publications
Publication Year
2012
ISBN
9781569905142

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Injection Molding Handbook – 2nd Edition

Authors
Tim Osswald, Lih-Sheng Turng & Paul Gramann
Publisher
Hanser Publications
Publication Year
2007
ISBN
9781569904206

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Polymer Processing – Modeling & Simulation

Authors
Tim Osswald & Juan Pablo Hernandez
Publisher
Hanser Publications
Publication Year
2006
ISBN
9781569903988

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

International Plastics Handbook

Authors
Tim Osswald, Erwin Baur, Sigrid Brinkmann, Karl Oberbach & Ernst Schmachtenberg
Publisher
Hanser Publications
Publication Year
2006
ISBN
9783446229051

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Compression Molding

Authors
B. Davis, Paul Gramann, A. Rios & Tim Osswald
Publisher
Hanser Publications
Publication Year
2003
ISBN
9781569903469

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Past Editions

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Understanding Polymer Processing - 1st Edition

Authors
Tim Osswald
Publisher
Hanser Publications
Publication Year
2010
ISBN
9781569904725

Materials Science for Polymer Engineers - 2nd Edition

Authors
Tim Osswald & Georg Menges
Publisher
Hanser Publications
Publication Year
2003
ISBN
9781569903483

Injection Molding Handbook - 1st Edition

Authors
Tim Osswald, Lih-Sheng Turng & Paul Gramann
Publisher
Hanser Publications
Publication Year
2001
ISBN
9781569903186

Polymer Processing Fundamentals - 1st Edition

Authors
Tim Osswald
Publisher
Hanser Publications
Publication Year
1998
ISBN
9781569902622

Materials Science for Polymer Engineers - 1st Edition

Authors
Tim Osswald & Georg Menges
Publisher
Hanser Publications
Publication Year
1996
ISBN
9781569901922