WSU Composite Engineering Studens work together in the COMTEC Lab.

Composite Materials Technology Center

An Industry-University Partnership Committed to Creating a Higher Standard for the Composites Industry


The Department of Composite Materials Engineering at Winona State University operates the Composite Materials Technology Center (COMTEC) to foster interaction with industry and enhance engineering education.

COMTEC is staffed by engineering students who work under the supervision of the COMTEC Director.

Since its beginning in 1987, COMTEC has successfully undertaken hundreds of projects for many local companies and companies outside of this region both in and out of the composites industry.


COMTEC utilizes the facilities, equipment, and expertise resident in the Department of Composite Materials Engineering in providing the following services to industry:

  • Design and analysis, material characterization, testing, and prototype manufacturing
  • Workshops on topics of interest to industry
  • Customized training designed to satisfy the specific needs of industry customers