The Pier of the Future

It is one thing for a student to get hands-on experience in field construction and another to be a project manager overseeing construction of Maine’s first wood composite commercial pier.

University of Maine graduate student Melanie Bragdon is involved in fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite research. Her work has taken her from UMaine’s state-of-the-art Advanced Engineered Wood Composites (AEWC) Center laboratory in Orono to the shore of the Narraguagus River, where her work was instrumental in the recent construction of Milbridge, Maine’s new municipal pier.

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