Alumni Profile: Dr. Andrew Young

Andrew Young photoDegrees:

BS Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2011

MS Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2013

PhD Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2017

Occupation: Assistant Professor of Physics & Engineering at Fort Lewis College

Research Interests: Structural mechanics

Advisors: Dr. Habib Dagher, Dr. Bill Davids, Dr. Andrew Goupee



Dr. Andrew Young, from Poland Springs, Maine, is an assistant professor of Physics & Engineering at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He received each of his three degrees at UMaine. During his time as an undergraduate, Andrew heard a talk given by senator Angus King on Maine Public Radio regarding the future of offshore wind, in which he raised the Advanced Structure and Composites Center’s role. This peaked Andrew’s interest, and he got involved with the Center shortly thereafter and remained for his master’s and PhD.

Andrew has fond memories of the Center, as he as praised both its facilities and faculty, and described each as “phenomenal.” He also feels that the Center helped him learn how to better conduct research for projects and it reenforced the information he was learning in his courses. When he was asked if he would recommend the Center to engineering students, he said “Absolutely,” and the following:

“It’s a phenomenal place. And I think the more hands on experiences that undergraduates get, the better off they’ll be and the more they’ll learn the practical side of engineering. The Composites Center really offers that. It’s a great opportunity to get involved and get your hands dirty.”

Some of the notable projects Andrew worked on during his time with the Center include designing composite material wind turbine towers for offshore turbine (for his master’s degree research), and the development of computationally efficient modeling tools for the NASA HIAD system (for his PhD research).

Currently, Andrew is teaching a number of mechanics and structural engineering classes. Additionally, Andrew has several ongoing research projects with Sandia National Laboratories,  and Andrew is still contributing to research for the NASA HIAD. Andrew’s present goal is to improve as a professor and aid as many students as possible in regards to becoming engineers.