The Composite Materials Engineering (CME) program at Winona State enrolls about 40 new students each year.

The program prepares engineers who develop innovative and effective materials solutions for a wide range of industries.

Graduates are equipped with skills to communicate and work effectively in diverse environments and grow professionally in their careers.

CME majors first complete the Pre-Engineering professional course sequence and General Education Program required graduation courses. Students can then advance to core and elective courses in Composite Materials Engineering.

Students in this program get the best hands-on education in state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms.

Learn more about Composite Materials Engineering courses.

Take a Tour

Explore the learning spaces you'll work in as a Composite Materials Engineering major, like the Manufacturing Lab, Machine Shop, and Mechanical Testing Lab.

WSU Alum Adventure

Traveling the world while growing their startup, Ryan and Alex Duo Life, Ryan Gleason ’10 and his wife Alex are living their greatest adventure.

Our Graduates Work in Multiple Industries

CME graduates are extremely sought out by employers in multiple industries:


Composite Materials

Aerospace satellites, space shuttles
Agriculture body panels, cab interiors
Aircraft lightweight jet, airplane parts
Automotive body panels, suspension parts
Biotechnology prosthetics, implants, equipment
Construction bridge materials, infrastructure applications
Defense protective body and vehicle armor
Energy poles and cross arms for power transmissions, wind energy
Marine boats, canoes, kayaks
Materials development and manufacturing processes
Sporting Goods bike frames, tennis rackets, golf clubs

Engineering for the Future

  • What types of materials are going to be used in automobiles in order to achieve 54.5 mpg by the year 2025?
  • What types of materials are allowing the major airplane manufacturers to achieve significant fuel savings?
  • What types of materials are found in the blades used on the wind turbines producing all that wind power now providing energy across the globe?

The answer to each question: composite materials.

If you're interested in learning how to design, fabricate, and test products made of composite materials, then explore the website and contact us to find what a Composite Materials Engineering degree will mean to you and your future career.

Josh's Student Success Story

Watch as Josh, a recent CME graduate, shares how he found success with a Composite Materials Engineering degree.

Enrollment & Graduation Data

Enrollment for Fall 2022
Graduates 2021-22 Academic Year