Advanced materials engineering is a key focus. BTC's Composites Engineering Technology program prepares students for work in composite manufacturing. Aerospace, recreation equipment and marine are specific applications. Students get hands on practice using state of the art equipment and training. WWU faculty and students complement this effort through applied R&D projects with industry. The two schools are also partnering on renewable energy projects.
The Bellingham Foundry is a community makerspace that provides tools and resources for people to turn creative ideas into products and processes.
The WWU IDEA Institute is operating an IDEA Lab to foster multi-purpose, interdisciplinary entrepreneurship and innovation for students and promote student involvement with business.