Composite Materials Engineering Degree Program

A Composite Materials Engineering program from Winona State University enrolls roughly 60 new students each year.

The programs will prepare graduates to become engineers who can apply their knowledge and expertise to develop innovative and effective solutions for the composites industry.

Graduates will have the skills to communicate and work effectively in diverse environments and grow professionally in their careers.


We offer a major in Composite Materials Engineering (CME). Before students start working on the program's core classes, they can take the pre-engineering course sequence. CME majors also have certain requirements for their General Education Program.  To learn more about CME courses, students can view course descriptions in the catalog. 


The mission of the Composite Materials Engineering Program is to develop creative minds and innovation in the field of composite materials through education, applied research, and scholarly pursuits in collaboration with the composites industry and community.

Educational Objectives

The educational objectives (what is expected of graduates after a few years of working in the profession or pursuing graduate studies) are to prepare graduates to become engineers who:

  1. Apply their knowledge and expertise to develop innovative and effective solutions for the composites industry
  2. Communicate and work effectively in diverse environments
  3. Grow and develop professionally

Student Outcomes

The student outcomes (what is expected of students upon graduation from the Department of Composite Engineering) of the CME Program are demonstrated by students who have attained: 

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. An ability to identify, formulate, model and solve engineering problems
  3. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary to practice composite materials engineering
  4. An ability to design and conduct experiments as well as to analyze and interpret data related to structure, properties, processing, and performance of materials
  5. An ability to confidently design components, systems, and processes to meet the needs of the composites industry within a set of realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  6. An ability to communicate effectively in oral, written and visual forms
  7. An ability to work effectively in a team environment
  8. An understanding of the proper response to ethical issues and their responsibility to the engineering profession
  9. An understanding of the impact of their engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. A recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning

Enrollment and Graduation Data

Enrollment for Fall 2018
Graduates 2017-18 Academic Year