College of Science & Engineering


Technology Development Center

The Technology Development Center is a collaborative space bringing together Western Washington University, Bellingham Technical College, Bellingham MakerSpace, and the IDEA Institute
  • Bellingham Technical College's Composites Engineering Technology program prepares students for working in the composite manufacturing and aerospace industries. Students get hands-on practice working with composite materials and processes through their coursework.  

  • Bellingham's Foundry provides a maker space, including tools and resources, for makers and innovation.

  • The IDEA Institute is based out of Western Washington University and offers programs that promote multi-purpose, interdisciplinary entrepreneurship and innovation. Any student from any college can receive a minor in entrepreneurship and combine it with the focus of their studies. Students learn how to recognize opportunities and needs that inspire them to innovate approaches and solutions, bringing resources and people together to make change happen. 

Western Washington University's goals for the TDC are to:

  • Foster technology research and development through university-industry partnerships.

  • Provide shared laboratory space, and technical services for technology start-ups and new initiatives for existing companies.

  • Coordinate efforts to attract State and Federal funding for applied research and technological development.

The Technology Development Center (TDC) is a unique resource in NW Washington for research, technology development, proof-of-concept and product prototyping projects. Industries including advanced materials applications, industrial design, energy technologies focused on clean transportation, and trainings for industries of the future. The TDC is a shared resource of Western Washington University and the Bellingham Technical College.
Projects conducted in WWU’s space in the TDC range from early-stage applied research by academic users to process and product development by industrial clients. The TDC brings together teams of faculty and students from the WWU’s College of Sciences and Technology (and other colleges) to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration on industry projects and to offer students experience in solving real world scientific and technical problems.
 TDC Floor Plan:

Contact Us: 

Nicole Hoekstra
Plastics & Composites Engineering Professor
Technology Development Center Director
(360) 650-7237