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    Maruj Jamal, B.S.E.'22

    WMU is like my second home, and I love it.

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    Isabelle Ownby (left) received $2,000 in scholarship awards at the annual TAPPI conference.

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    Our curriculum focuses on the technical skills required of engineers and the hands-on experiences that will differentiate you in your career search.

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    Expert faculty

    Leading your education are faculty members known for their research, like Dr. Wu who leads efforts pertaining to energy efficiency and resources consumption.

Rethink Smart

It’s more than book smarts. More important than IQ. It’s the pursuit of purpose, daring to think differently, and not being afraid to question answers. We call it Rethink Smart. Are you ready? At the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, we are committed to helping you achieve your vision for the future. We offer experience-based learning that will prepare you for a successful, meaningful career. 

Business hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You may also schedule an appointment or contact us via phone or WebEx. Please call (269) 276-3500 with further questions.


Our department is internationally recognized in terms of high quality applied research and high caliber graduates. You'll be taught in state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms, located in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, located in the Parkview Business Technology and Research Park. Our class sizes are smaller, with one-on-one interaction with faculty and industry personnel. You'll be learning with technologically advanced methods and tools and you'll be taught by the finest professors and faculty. When you get your first job offers, you'll be able to 'hit the ground running!' That's why corporations feel confident hiring Western Michigan University chemical and paper graduates!

For more than 60 years, our graduates have always successfully placed with some of the highest starting salaries in the limitless and cutting-edge fields of engineering. Our students participate in hands-on summer internship and co-op experiences with the paper, chemical, pharmaceutical, food, energy, and printing industries. Industry depends on us to fill their positions with our students.

The department offers B.S.E. degrees in paper engineering, and chemical engineering. M.S. and Ph.D degrees are offered in paper and printing science. Our chemical engineering program offers a Ph.D. in chemical engineering, a Ph.D in engineering and applied sciences in the areas of biochemical and biological engineering and an M.S. in chemical engineering.