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To serve the science and engineering needs of Washington State and the global community by advancing scholarship and educating thoughtful leaders and problem solvers.

In Memory of Dr. Arlan Norman

Arlan Norman


Dr. Arlan Norman, beloved founding Dean of the College of Sciences and Technology (now College of Science and Engineering) passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, July 31, surrounded by his loving family. 

Arlie impacted the lives of family, friends, students and colleagues. Throughout his life, he worked to inspire the best in innovation, curiosity and excellence in science education. Please consider honoring his memory with a gift to The Arlan Norman Award for Excellence, established in 2015, conceived and designed by him.  In supporting Arlie's Fund, know  your donation will make a difference.


Chemistry Assistant Professors make waves with $2 million in NSF Grants

Six Western Washington University assistant professors of chemistry have earned $2 million in National Science Foundation grants. The five grants cover a range of projects including science education, reducing plastic waste, and nanosensor development. Read more on our Medium page.

In The News

Plastic rope washes ashore in southwest Washington. In Whatcom, it finds new life

rope cleanup by volunteers

Ocean plastics littering Washington’s coast are finding new life in Bellingham, with the help of a team of engineering professors and students.

Since December, the group has used its expertise and machinery to turn the plastic yellow rope used in oyster farming into crab gauges, which people use to measure their catches and determine if they are large enough to legally keep.

Read more in The Bellingham Herald




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