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UMaine performs test on innovative bridge girder made of composite materials

UMaine Engineers Unveil and 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 (ASCC). Engineers, Maine Department of Transportation officials, business leaders, investors, researchers, members from Advanced Infrastructure Technologies (AIT), and staff attended the event, during which a bridge span was strength-tested in the laboratory using computer-controlled […]

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UMaine Wins $14.2M DOT Award from Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center

Taxpayer dollars will be saved with longer-lasting bridges, roads FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Meghan Collins 207.581.2117 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 Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) decision. The stakes are high for Maine, as […]

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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 and 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 May 18 at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center. Spruce Mountain High School’s Gyro Boys captured the […]

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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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Researchers Awarded $250,000 Grant to Develop Next-Generation CNF Building Materials; Support Growth of Maine Forest Products Industry

Drs. Mehdi Tajvidi, Douglas Gardner, Douglas Bousfield, and Jinwu Wang of the School of Forest Resources and Advanced Structures and Composites Center have received a $250,000 grant from P3Nano to develop next generation cellulose nanofibril (CNF) building materials. The goal of this research is to commercialize new CNF building materials, which would lead the creation of Maine […]

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2018 Director’s Award Recipients Announced

We celebrated the hard work and dedication of students, faculty, and staff on April 27th during our annual Director’s Award ceremony. These awards, given by Executive Director Dr. Habib Dagher, recognize individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the work of the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center and who enhance our ongoing mission […]

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Graduating Senior Matthew Ireland Awarded J. Morris Weinberg Student Innovation Award

Graduating senior in Mechanical Engineering, Matthew Ireland was awarded the J. Morris Weinberg Student Innovation Award. The purpose of this award is to encourage the efforts and achievements of outstanding science student undergraduates who undertake novel and entrepreneurial initiatives in a multidisciplinary environment. Ireland was nominated for the award by Dr. Habib Dagher, Dr. Masoud Rais-Rohani, and James Anderson. […]

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