Commitment To Maine and our Planet

We are dedicated to driving research innovation in Green Energy and Materials (GEM), to create a greener, more sustainable world while bolstering economic development in Maine and beyond. GEM is more than an initiative, it is our passion.

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ADVANCED STRUCTURES & COMPOSITES CENTER

Commitment To Maine and our Planet

The University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center (ASCC) is a world-leading, interdisciplinary center for research, education, and economic development encompassing material sciences, advanced manufacturing, and engineering of composites and structures. Since its founding in 1996 with support from the National Science Foundation, the ASCC has financially sponsored more than 2,600 students, received 120 patents, welcomed over 30,000 visitors, created 14 spinoff companies, and honored with more than 40 national and international awards for research excellence. 

Housed in a 100,000 ft2 ISO-17025 accredited facility, the ASCC has become the largest university-based research center in Maine and among the fastest-growing research laboratories globally. The facility has expanded to include 13 integrated laboratories with more than 410 full and part-time personnel, including faculty, staff, and students. The Center pursues innovations that are meaningful to society by bringing together talented faculty, staff, and students from all corners of the UMaine campus. Enshrined in plaques in the Center’s lobby and conference rooms, the mottos “None of us is as smart as all of us” and “Students first” define our mode of operations.

The ASCC’s strategic plan, called GEM, focuses the Center’s work on Green Energy and Materials development. Through GEM, the Center is at the forefront of significant new sustainability industries in the nation. Our eight major research areas are Civil Infrastructure Durability, Advanced Wood Composites, Large-scale Bio-based Additive Manufacturing, Cellulose Nanocomposites, Advanced Structural Concepts, Structural Thermoplastics & Smart Materials, Ocean Engineering & Energy, and Structural, Material, & Wind Blade Testing. Innovations in GEM research and development position the Center to critically support the state’s ambitious efforts to be carbon neutral by 2045 and usher in a low-carbon economy.

Dr. Habib Dagher

Welcome, from our Founding Executive Director

Habib Dagher

RESEARCH AREAS

Ocean Engineering

Large-scale,
Bio-based Additive Manufacturing

Civil Infrastructure Durability

Cellulose
Nano-Composites

Wood Composites

Thermoplastics & Smart Materials

Advanced Structural Concepts

Structural, Material, and Wind Blade Testing

Our strategic plan, named GEM: Green Energy & Materials, is our commitment to sustainably leverage Maine’s natural assets to solve our most pressing challenges while maximizing opportunities for students. We are committed to a sustainable future for Maine and beyond.

  • Maximize benefits to more students
  • Enable Maine’s climate, clean energy, and jobs goals
  • Develop sustainable, durable transportation infrastructure solutions
  • Develop technologies to mitigate the effects of sea-level rise on coastal cities
  • Develop bio-based and recyclable materials in infrastructure, focusing on using cellulose in large-scale additive manufacturing

The Factory of the Future

  • A 90,000sqft expansion
  • First-of-its-kind testbed for large-format digital flexible manufacturing
  • A green engineering and materials laboratory that uses synchronized, artificial-intelligence-enabled arrays of additive, subtractive, and hybrid robotic manufacturing systems
  • Create an incubator for collaboration with industry and government partners, and workforce development
  • Development of next-generation manufacturing processes and materials

Project Highlights

SM²ART

The Hub & Spoke Sustainable Materials & Manufacturing Alliance for Renewable Technologies (SM²ART): Connecting two world-class research facilities and redefining how national laboratories and universities connect with industry

TIDC

The Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center focus is on developing innovative, sustainable, next-generation solutions to improve the durability and extend the lifespan of existing and new transportation assets in New England and beyond.

NEAV

New England Aqua Ventus I is a floating offshore wind demonstration project to develop a clean, renewable energy source off Maine’s shores, and will contribute to the transformation of our energy sector to renewable sources, and keep our energy dollars in Maine

MMTCC

The Maine Mass Timber Commercialization Center brings together industrial partners, trade organizations, construction firms, architects, and other stakeholders in the region to revitalize and diversify Maine’s forest-based economy

NASA HIAD

HIAD (Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator) is a nose-cone-mounted inflatable structure consisting of multiple, concentric, nitrogen-filled tori that is designed to decelerate and protect spacecraft during atmospheric re-entry.

G-Beams

Fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) tub-girders called GBeams that are corrosion resistant and designed to last over 100 years with little to no maintenance. The composite girders are lightweight, weighing as little as one-quarter the weight of steel girders.

BioHome3D

The First 100% bio-based 3D Printed Home!

The UMaine Composites Center is an ISO 17025 accredited testing laboratory with nearly 20 years of testing experience meeting industry standards from coupon-scale to full-scale. This certifies that we have met the requirements of the IAS Accreditation Criteria for Testing Laboratories (AC89), demonstrated compliance with ISO/IEC Standard 17025:2005, and general requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories, and are accredited for the test methods listed in the approved scope of accreditation.

We’re Hiring!

We are looking for people who challenge the impossible, push limits, seek meaningful work, and want to drive our Green Energy and Materials strategic plan.

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Students First

We believe in providing a dynamic environment where students can transcend the confines of traditional classrooms and immerse themselves in hands-on learning experiences. With a focus on collaboration and teamwork, we’ve welcomed students from over 35 academic departments on campus, fostering a diverse and interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving. Our dedication to student development is evident in our internship program, which has provided over 2,700 students with paid opportunities to apply their knowledge in real-world settings. By the time our undergraduates graduate from our lab, they’ve amassed over 2 years of full-time experience, equipping them with invaluable skills and expertise for their future careers. At ASCC, we invest in students today to cultivate the leaders and innovators of tomorrow.

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