The Polymer Institute was established on January 1, 1987 with the following objectives:
Starting in the Fall of 1989, the Polymer Option within the Department of Chemical Engineering was established as part of the Engineering graduate education. Under the semester system a total of six courses in Polymer Science and Engineering are offered. These courses are taught by the Polymer Institute staff. In addition to the courses, the Institute supports 5 to 10 graduate students yearly who work at the Institute towards completion of a research thesis in the polymer area.