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The UMaine Composites Center evaluates materials and structures from nano- to full-scale.

Photo of six research areas of the UMaine Composites Center: defense composites, industrial testing, nanocomposites, offshore wind, civil infrastructure, and advanced wood composites.

The Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the University of Maine is a world leader providing research, education, and economic development encompassing material sciences, manufacturing and engineering of composites and structures. 

The UMaine Composites Center, founded in 1996 with support from the National Science Foundation, is an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to the development of novel advanced composite materials and technologies that rely on Maine’s manufacturing strengths and abundant natural resources.

What began as a Center dedicated to the research and development of engineered wood composites and industrial testing quickly expanded its capabilities into four other research areas: defense composites, civil infrastructure, offshore wind, and nanocomposites.

UMaine Composites Center points of pride include:

  • 100,000 ft2, ISO 17025 accredited testing laboratory.
  • Established through the National Science Foundation at the University of Maine in 1996.
  • Served over 300 industrial and governmental clients; over $110 Million in research funding and industrial contracts.
  • 23 patents granted, 447 papers published, and 39 national and international excellence awards received.
  • Staff of 180 annually, including typically 140 students.
  • Financially supported over 1,400 students.


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