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

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 is a designated University of Maine Signature Research Program, titled, “Advanced Materials in Infrastructure and Energy.

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 product development and wood composites research quickly expanded its capabilities into four other research areas: defense and aerospace, civil infrastructure, ocean energy, 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 500 industrial and governmental clients, including 150 Maine companies.
  • Brought in over $110 Million in research funding and industrial contracts to UMaine.
  • Formed 14 spinoff companies through licensing agreements of patents or trade secrets
  • 31 patents granted, 453 papers published, and over 40 national and international excellence awards received.
  • Staff of 180 annually, including typically 140 students.
  • Financially supported over 1,800 positions for undergraduate and graduate students.


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