Center for Composite Materials - University of Delaware

Continuing Education

A Certificate Program in Composite Materials is offered by CCM and the University of Delaware’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and administered through the Engineering Outreach Program.

According to Kathleen C. Werrell, Assistant Dean of Engineering Outreach, “The certificate program is designed for engineering and science professionals who are new to the field of composite materials or wish to expand their knowledge of composite materials. To successfully participate, candidates should hold a bachelor’s degree in engineering or the sciences to ensure that they have the necessary background in calculus, ordinary differential equations, and engineering mathematics.”

The certificate requires completion of nine credits in composites-related courses, including one required course on the basics of composites and two electives covering such topics as composites manufacturing, sandwich structures, and experimental mechanics of composite materials. Courses are offered in a variety of formats, including live, CD-ROM, DVD or web.

According to Werrell, additional elective options will be made available whenever possible and announced in the Engineering Outreach newsletter and on the Engineering Outreach Web site.

“We’re very excited about this new educational option in composites. Many professionals enter the field of composites without formal training in this area, and the certificate program will enable them to gain specific knowledge about composites and to receive formal recognition of this experience. In addition, the certificate program can serve as the springboard for a graduate degree if the student decides to continue beyond the required nine credits.”
–CCM Director John W. Gillespie Jr.


To plan your Certificate Program in Composite Materials, contact Kathy Werrell (; 302-831-4863). Registering for courses applicable to the certificate program can be done on-line.

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