Our 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.

204

Patents
Secured

2600+

Students
Employed

500+

Global
Partners

15

Spinoff Companies

771

Journal
Publications

Advanced
Structures &
Composites Center

RESEARCH AREAS

Ocean Engineering & Energy

Large-scale & Bio-based Additive Manufacturing

Civil Infrastructure Durability

Cellulose Nanocomposites

Wood Composites

Structural Thermoplastics & Smart Materials

Advanced Structural Concepts

Structural, Material, and Wind Blade Testing

GEM

Green Energy & Materials

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

$75 million dollar investment to the creation of a better and greener tomorrow.
  • 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

ASCC In the News

Project Highlights

Hub & Spoke

Advances bio-based 3D printing with wood products, creating a new market for Maine’s forest products industry.

TIDC

The Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center focus is on extending the life and improving the durability of transportation assets.

NEAV

New England Aqua Ventus I is a floating offshore wind demonstration project to develop a clean, renewable energy source off Maine’s shores.

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.

GBeams

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.

We’re Hiring

JOIN US

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.

Composite Materials &
Structures Certificate

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.

ASCC’s History

Celebrating over 25 years of innovation and commitment to leveraging Maine’s natural resources to drive a more sustainable future, create economic development opportunities, and educate students

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