Jordan (Elliott) Sanders

Advisor: Dr Douglas Gardner


(Tentative) – Nanofiber-reinforced Impact Modified Polypropylene: Assessing Mechanical Properties Using Fused Layer Modeling and Injection Molding


  • B.S. Renewable Materials- University of Idaho, 2015
  • M.S. Forest Resources- University of Maine, 2017
  • Ph.D. Forest Resources- University of Maine, PRESENT

Bio & Research Interests

I am a Forest Resources student working in the Advanced Structures and Composites Center (ASCC). I am a native of Pocatello, ID and left my hometown in 2010 to pursue a degree in Architecture at the University of Idaho. I later realized my academic interests were better suited elsewhere and pursued studies focusing in Renewable Materials with an emphasis in Chemistry. I received a minor in Architecture while also studying in Business, Chemistry and Spanish.

In the penultimate year of my undergraduate studies, I participated in a summer undergraduate research fellowship sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Forest Bioproducts Research Institute, in partnership with the University of Maine and UConcepcion, Chile, called  “REU: Explore it!” Afterwards I received my B.S. degree then drove from Moscow, ID to Orono, ME to begin my M.S. in Forest Resources. I was fortunate enough to meet my family living 20 minutes away. I lived with them on their ranch off the grid during my first semester at UMaine. I have since moved to Orono and have become involved with various student groups and campus organizations.

I am studying Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastics (FRTP) as a Ph.D. student through the Engineering Research and Development (ERDC) grant at the ASCC. Our goal is to produce fiber reinforced components and utilize their physical characteristics in Fused Layer Modeling (FLM) or 3D printing. With the advent of large area 3D printing, I aim to explore what new innovations our materials can become and see how big we can go with 3D printing! I have also spent valuable time learning a new system of innovation at UMaine’s Foster Center for Student Innovation and aim to complete my coursework to earn my Innovation Engineering Black Belt in the fall of this year.


  • Wang, Lu, et al. In-Situ Modification of Cellulose Nanofibrils by Organosilanes during Spray Drying. 93 Vol., 2016. Web.

Memberships, Honors, Awards

  • Director’s Award — Advanced Structures and Composites Center, 2017
  • WMEB 91.9 FM Radio Host, 2017
  • 3D Printing Club—University of Maine, 2017
  • Farm Credit East Scholarship, 2017
    College of Natural Resources: Outstanding Senior, Renewable Materials – University of Idaho, 2014