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School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Advanced Manufacturing Initiative

The School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering is expanding its Advanced Manufacturing program to include additive manufacturing, design, automation, and bio-printing; additionally, the school intends to recruit talented leaders and plans to upgrade its undergraduate laboratory facilities to further strengthen its research capabilities.


Due to the explosion in growth of these and other industry-disrupting technologies, U.S. manufacturing will require more than 3.5 million workers by 2025 to meet their needs. By providing graduates with cutting-edge training from world-class faculty and experts in advanced manufacturing, Washington State University’s School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering will help meet the region’s employment needs for high-demand, high-tech manufacturing.


WSU’s School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering has the largest mechanical engineering program in the Pacific Northwest. With your help, we aim to be able to provide the best manufacturing student experience in the region. We have a proud history of placing graduates in challenging positions upon graduation and watching their careers grow into leadership roles at companies around the world. We invite you to read about some of our successful early and mid-career alumni.


“At Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, I lead a team of machinists, fabricators, documentation specialists, equipment maintenance technicians, and electrical, mechanical, software, process, and manufacturing engineers that provides global support to manufacturing sites around the world. My WSU education provided me with a strong foundation upon which I have been able to build my career.”


Jessi Hall, Director of Engineering
Manufacturing Operations, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
WSU ’00

“I support several Microsoft teams with design for manufacturing, testing, and service, and spend a large portion of my time interfacing directly with our manufacturers in China to support cross functional and international development. Washington State University’s continuous approach to educational development, in alignment with real industry needs, prepared me to step into an established, high performing team within Microsoft, enabling me to quickly influence product design at a Fortune 100 company.”

Ryan Evans, Dfx Engineer II
Microsoft Corporation
WSU ’12

“Washington State University has given me tools that I use every day at Blue Origin; hands-on materials characterization skills, manufacturing process knowledge, and a strong engineering foundation.”



Christine Fisher, Materials and Process Engineer II
Blue Origin
WSU ’13

“My time at WSU gave me valuable experience in hands-on problem solving, project management, and workflow management with a team.”



Rosanna Bigford, Expert Level Hardware Engineer
WSU ’08


EXPAND AND UPGRADE student laboratories with more aspects of modern manufacturing techniques to better prepare our undergraduates for a wide range of advanced manufacturing jobs. This will improve WSU’s footprint in the US domestic landscape in manufacturing. Our fundraising goal is $500,000.

IMPROVE SYNERGY AND RESEARCH across the School of Mechanical and Material Engineering by hiring a senior faculty member with advanced manufacturing expertise, who will galvanize cross-disciplinary research and educational programs and help drive manufacturing innovation in the region and nation. Our fundraising goal for a Faculty Chair is $1,500,000.

We invite you to partner with us to create a program that will be responsive and relevant to your manufacturing workforce and research priorities.


We are seeking industry leaders and supporters who want to help shape our next-generation manufacturing engineering program, and ensure that WSU’s School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering graduates are among the best prepared in the nation to meet the needs of US advanced manufacturing.

For more information, please contact:

Ron Ramos
School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Philanthropy