2017 CSE Distinguished Alum - Dr. Jeff Wiggins

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Dr. Jeffrey S. Wiggins

Class of 1988 – Industrial Technology, Western Washington University

Class of 1992, Ph.D. Polymer Science, University of Southern Mississippi

Class of 1996, Executive MBA, University of Pittsburgh

Resides in Petal, MS

Director of the School of Polymers & Associate Professor, University of Southern Mississippi


Jeff received his BS at WWU and then went on to get his MBA.  Soon after, he was General Manager for Nike at a time of significant environmental regulations, which he helped the company emerge with a completely new product line.  He later went back to school to receive his PhD in Polymer Science and Engineering from the U of So Mississippi.  He is currently a faculty member at USM in Polymer Science and Engineering.  He directs a multi-million-dollar research group with multiple industrial partners while also helping create a pipeline for WWU undergrads to consider research as a career (through NSF’s REU program and by recruiting WWU graduates to USM’s grad programs which he does by visiting campus once a year). He has published 23 papers since 2010 relative to his current work at U of So Mississippi.