Medical Plastics Center at Penn State Behrend

Penn State Behrend has the only plastics-specific majors available within Penn State and one of only four accredited programs in the United States. We have the largest plastics lab dedicated to undergraduate studies in the country, with multimillion dollar state-of-the-art computer, materials, and processing labs.

Our mission is to partner with companies to maximize medical device performance and lower the cost of healthcare.

In the bachelor’s degree program, students learn about the design of plastics’ components and products, processing methods, and materials, in addition to addressing technical and management issues.

Our research capabilities

  • Material development, testing, and characterization
  • Process development, automation, and optimization
  • Product design, development, and translational research
  • Prototyping through pilot production
  • Circuit design and development
  • Software development

Support for the center has been provided by Harmac Medical Products, SIGMA Soft Plastics Services, Philips Respironics, and the state of Pennsylvania.

For more information about the Medical Plastics Center of Excellence at the Behrend campus in Erie, PA, visit Penn State Behrend.