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Senator Susan Collins, UMaine President Ferrini-Mundy and Maine DOT Commissioner David Bernhardt celebrate the Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center and Bridge Test

During a press event on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, U.S. Senator Susan Collins, University of Maine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy, Maine Department of Transportation Commissioner David Bernhardt and Advanced Structures and Composites Center Executive Director Habib Dagher announced plans for the highly competitive $14.2 million, five-year grant recently awarded to the University of Maine to establish a University […]

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Jacob Ward

Paper by Ph.D. Student, Jacob Ward, awarded 2nd place in student paper competition

The New England section of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) announced that a paper by Jacob Ward, a Ph.D. student at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center (the Center), was awarded 2nd place in a student paper competition.  The paper, titled “Design and Numerical Simulation of a Variable-Scale Floating Offshore Model […]

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UMaine performs test on innovative bridge girder made of composite materials

UMaine engineers unveil, test innovative bridge system

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine unveiled an innovative, rapidly deployable bridge system today at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center. Engineers, Maine Department of Transportation officials, business leaders, investors, researchers, members from Advanced Infrastructure Technologies (UMaine’s licensee for the original “Bridge-in-a-Backpack”) and staff attended the event, at which a bridge span was strength-tested in […]

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UMaine wins $14.2M DOT award to form Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center

Taxpayer dollars will be saved with longer-lasting bridges, roads FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Josh Plourde 207.907.0069 ORONO, Maine – The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has selected the University of Maine to lead the creation of a highly competitive University Transportation Center (UTC) called the Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center (TIDC). TIDC aims to help save taxpayer […]

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UMaine Offshore Wind Project Forges Ahead with Maine PUC

Earlier today, the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) voted to review Maine Aqua Ventus terms for our two-turbine research and development project off of Monhegan Island. During today’s deliberation, they identified additional questions they would like answered before they move forward with a PPA decision. UMaine is extremely committed to this project, and we are […]

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American Jobs Project

American Jobs Project: Maine could see 2,100 jobs in offshore wind by 2030

The American Jobs Project released a report on June 9, titled: “The Maine Jobs Project A Guide to Creating Jobs in Offshore Wind.” The report indicates that, “Maine’s offshore wind industry is a significant economic opportunity for job growth, having the potential to support an annual average of 2,144 jobs through 2030.” The following article […]

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Spruce Mountain High School

Spruce Mountain, Caribou capture Kleinschmidt Windstorm Challenge; Orono wins Maine Wind Blade Challenge

Members of victorious teams to be offered internships at Composites Center worth $20,000 ORONO, Maine — More than 350 middle and high school students participated in the Kleinschmidt Windstorm Challenge and the 10th Annual Maine Wind Blade Challenge on Friday, May 18 at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center. Spruce Mountain High School’s Gyro Boys captured […]

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Sunil Bhandari Graduate Research Award 2017

Article by Bhandari, Lopez-Anido Published in Journal of Additive Manufacturing

An article by graduate student Sunil Bhandari and Dr. Roberto Lopez-Anido will be published in the August 2018 edition (Volume 22) of the Journal of Additive Manufacturing, an Elsevier publication. The article is titled: “Finite element analysis of thermoplastic polymer extrusion 3D printed material for mechanical property prediction.” This article is based on the first […]

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Gardner To Receive Distinguished Educator Award from Society of Wood Science and Technology

Dr. Douglas Gardner will receive the Distinguished Educator Award from the Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST) at their upcoming SWST Convention in Nagoya, Japan, November 5-8, 2018. This award recognizes faculty “for sustainable performance of excellence in teaching, or for outstanding extension, engagement, and economic development activities in wood or a related field.” Gardner […]

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