Opportunities for Students

High School and K-8 Students

The UMaine Composites Center offers in-classroom and on-campus opportunities for K-12 students. Click here to learn more.

Have you or your school toured our labs? We welcome youth groups of all sizes to join us on campus to gain perspective on the incredible STEM opportunities available at UMaine.

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Windstorm Challenge is a middle and high school science competition that promotes STEM, renewable energy, innovation, and economic development.

Undergraduate Students

The UMaine Composites Center typically employs over 100 undergraduate students per year from a wide variety of majors.

Undergraduate work experience provides an interdisciplinary, experiential learning environment where students are introduced to issues of safety, regulation, cost efficiencies, project management, human relations, and leadership. Center undergraduates have opportunities to become full research partners, including being named authors on journal articles, named inventors on patents, and attending national and international conferences and meetings.

Are you interested in joining the team? Click here to submit a notification of interest.

Graduate Students

Nearly 125 graduate students have been affiliated with the UMaine Composites Center since its opening in 2000. While most graduate students have been in civil engineering, forest resources or wood science, most recently, several have majored in a variety of programs such as economics, international trade and commerce, and business. 

Graduate students gain hands-on experience and professional training in research ethics, industrial safety, supervision and leadership, equipment operation, and ISO 17025 quality management. Graduate students are expected to become full research partners and are encouraged to develop professionally not only in the classroom, but also through writing, conference presentations, networking with academic and industrial colleagues, and production of intellectual property.

A link to the graduate research webinar will be posted here; please check back, soon.

Featured Student Profiles

Featured Alumni Profiles

Sam McDonald

Samuel McDonald Profile Picture

Sam is a 2018 UMaine graduate with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering technology who is currently employed by the Advanced Structures and Composites Center. Prior to working for the Center, Sam had no concept of what it was until his friend took him on a tour. Read more…

Peter Drown

Photo of Peter DrownPeter Drown is a University of Maine graduate from Villa Park, Illinois. Having started his degree at UMaine right before the economic crash of 2008, he saw what clean energy technology could do. Once Peter heard about the Center’s offshore wind project, he decided that he wanted to join it. Read more…

Eben Lenfest

Eben Lenfest portraitEben is a mechanical engineering undergraduate senior from Smithfield, Maine. Eben spent this past summer interning with NASA in Alabama. He was invited by NASA engineer Robert Berry thanks to the work Eben had done on floating wind turbines. Read more…

Heather Martin

Photo of Heather MartinHeather is an Assistant Project Manager for Consigli Construction from Caribou, Maine. She graduated with her master’s in civil engineering, with a concentration in structures, from the University of Maine in 2011. Read more…

Undergrad and Grad Student Profiles

Alumni Network and Profiles

2018-2019

Student Profile: Elliott Sanders

Elliott is a Forest Resources graduate student from Idaho. Elliott’s work has him researching thermoplastic composites filled with cellulose nano fibers and analyzing their durability by using tensile, flexure, and impact test standards. Read more…


Student Profile: Matt Ireland
Matt transferred into UMaine from SMCC as a mechanical engineering student in 2015. Currently, Matt is working on adapti
ng one of the Center’s 3D printers to accommodate angled printing technology. Read more…


Student Profile: Taylor Bailey
Taylor
is a graduate student from Vassalboro, Maine with a BS in civil engineering. Taylor’s research focuses on the asymmetry of wave profiles, how waves impact the wind field, and how the wind field impacts the waves. Read more…


Student Profile: Eben Lenfest
Eben
is a mechanical engineering undergraduate senior from Smithfield, Maine. Eben spent this past summer interning with NASA in Alabama. He was invited by NASA engineer Robert Berry thanks to the work Eben had done on floating wind turbines. Read more…


Charlie GardnerStudent Profile: Charlie Gardner
Charlie is a civil engineering graduate student who has been working with the Advanced Structures and Composites Center for the past year. Charlie is researching ways to implement gaps in cross-laminated timber without significantly reducing its structural durability. Read more…


Student Profile: Dante Guzzi
Dante is a graduate research assistant from New Jersey, and he is assisting on the Advanced Structures and Composites Center’s 40-foot composite bridge girder project. His thesis concerns
sheer connection in FRP concrete bridge girders. Read more…


Student Profile: Kyle Barry

Kyle is a senior from Hampden and is currently studying for his Bachelor’s degree in journalism. He began working with the Center as an intern in the fall semester of 2018 after he read a listing on the website of UMaine’s Communication and Journalism department.  Read more…


Ogheneruona Dibie photoStudent Profile: Ogheneruona Dibie

Ogheneruona is a software engineer with a Master’s degree in computer engineering from Sapele, Nigeria. While he was obtaining his Master’s degree, Ogheneruona worked for the Advanced Structures and Composites Center as a web developer. Read more…


Student Profile: Stanley Small

Stanley is a senior from Hampden majoring in computer science and is graduating this May. For the past year and half, he has worked in the IT department of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center. Read more…


William West photoStudent Profile: William West

Will is a UMaine grad student from Stuben and is currently studying for his master’s in mechanical engineering. He graduated in the spring semester of 2017 and is now working for UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center. Read more…


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Student Profile: Duncan Macleod

Duncan is a senior business management student from Friendship, Maine who works as a student computer technician for the Advanced Structures and Composites Center. Duncan began working for the Center after hesubmitted an application for an IT position on UMaine’s campus. Read more…


Adelle Oswald photoStudent Profile: Adelle Oswald

Adelle is a senior accounting student from Rumford who has been working in the Advanced Structures and Composites Center for the past three years. She began working at the Center after she was told by members of her sorority told her about the Center’s accounting department. Read more…


Samuel McDonald Profile PictureStudent Profile: Samuel McDonald

Sam is a 2018 UMaine graduate with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering technology who is currently employed by the Advanced Structures and Composites Center. Prior to working for the Center,Sam had no concept of what it was until his friend took him on a tour. Read more…


Mariah Priest PhotoStudent Profile: Mariah Priest

Mariah is a UMaine graduate from Abbot, Maine with a bachelor’s degree in finance management who works for the accounting department of the Center. Once she began looking for a job while she was an undergraduate, Mariah recognized the Center’s name and decided to apply for an open accounting position, and she was hired shortly thereafter. Read more…


Cong Chen PhotoStudent Profile: Cong Chen

Cong is a wood science and engineering graduate student from Shandong, China who is working for the Advanced Structures and Composites Center. Cong discovered the Center after reading a paper by Dr. Douglas Gardner. After reading Dr. Gardner’s paper, Cong read more about the Center and decided that she would like to conduct her graduate research there due to the “high quality of its facilities and professional faculty.” Read more…


Hannah Allen PhotoStudent Profile: Hannah Allen

Hannah is a recent Masters graduate from Farmington who has worked for the Advanced Structures and Composites Center since July 2017. While Hannah was an undergraduate, she was brought into to the Center’s lab to see its wind turbine testing wall. As one of Hannah’s interests was and is alternative energy, this caught her interest and led her to pursuing a position with the Center. Read more…

Logo for the ASCC Alumni Network

Since our founding, the UMaine Composites Center has financially supported over 1,700 graduate and undergraduate students. Center graduates go on to a wide variety of professions, ranging from business to engineering, and are employed all over the world. Former students, staff, and faculty are invited to join us to be kept up on news, celebrate your affiliation with the center, and share items of interest with other alumni.

Join the Alumni Network by requesting an invitation on our LinkedIn Group.

Photo of Caleb FrederickAlumni Profile: Caleb Frederick

Caleb is a civil engineer from Sanford who graduated with his master’s degree in civil engineering in 2014 at UMaine. After he found out about the Advanced Structures and Composites Center his freshman year, Caleb put in his resume during his sophomore year began working for the Center shortly thereafter. Read more…


Photo of Tony DumaisAlumni Profile: Tony Dumais

Tony is a senior project manager from Presque Isle, Maine who works at Casco Bay Engineering in Portland, Maine. Tony first found out about the Center during a class with Dr. Dana Humphrey, wherein Humphrey informed his students about the Center as a way to work on campus between classes. Read more…


Photo of Peter DrownAlumni Profile: Peter Drown

Peter Drown is a University of Maine graduate from Villa Park, Illinois. Having started his degree at UMaine right before the economic crash of 2008, he saw what clean energy technology could do. Once Peter heard about the Center’s offshore wind project, he decided that he wanted to join it. Read more…


Photo of Keith MartinAlumni Profile: Keith Martin

Keith Martin is a University of Maine alumni from Caribou, Maine. When joining the Tau Beta Pi Honor Society, Keith met one of his advisors, Dr. Habib Dagher. Dagher asked him why he wasn’t working at the Center and without any good reason to give, Keith joined the Center’s staff. Read more…


Photo of Garrett LuszczkiAlumni Profile: Garrett Luszczki

Garrett Luszczki is a transmission line engineer from Augusta who graduated with his master’s degree in civil engineering at UMaine in 2012. During his time on campus, Garrett worked for the Advanced Structures and Composites Center as an undergraduate and graduate student. Read more…


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Alumni Profile: Kenneth Fortier

Kenneth is an engineering manager from Ellsworth, Maine who graduated at UMaine with a master’s degree in Civil Engineering. While he was an undergraduate, Kenneth learned about the Advanced Structures and Composites Center through a graduate student. Read more…


Photo of Heather MartinAlumni Profile: Heather Martin

Heather is an Assistant Project Manager for Consigli Construction from Caribou, Maine. She graduated with her master’s in civil engineering, with a concentration in structures, from the University of Maine in 2011. Read more…


William Tai Yin TzeAlumni Profile: William Tai Yin Tze

William is currently an associate professor who graduated with a PhD in forest resources from the University of Maine in 2003. William came to Maine for his PhD research thanks to Doctor Douglas Gardner, who advised William to study at UMaine and work at the Center. Read more…


Alumni Profile: Mackenzie Demkowicz

Mackenzie Demkowicz worked as a graduate research assistant for the Bridge in a Backpack project at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center. She now works as a structural engineer for VHB Inc., an infrastructure and engineering consulting company. Read more…


Alumni Profile: Heather Parry Hayes

Heather Parry Hayes worked as an undergraduate and graduate research assistant at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center. She now works as a as a Junior Structural Engineer at Louis Berger, a transportation consulting firm. Read more…


Alumni Profile: Glenn Swanson

Glenn Swanson worked as an Administrative Assistant to the Lab Operations Manager, as an undergraduate at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center. Swanson now works for Direct Capital as a Quality Control Analyst. Read more…


Alumni Profile: Eulan Pattersoneulan patterson

Eulan Patterson’s career at The UMaine Composites Center began with his involvement on the Maine Secure Composites – Anti-Theft Composite Cargo Containers. He currently works at SGC Engineering as an electrical engineer. Read more…


marquisAlumni Profile: Jake Marquis

Jake Marquis, P.E., started at the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center in 2007 as a Senior Research Engineer. In 2011, he took a job as Senior Project Engineer at Kenway Corporation. Read more…

2015-2016

Student Profile: David Lopez
David Lopez is a current graduate research assistant from Vitoria, Spain, who is looking to put his knowledge of large wind turbine blades to work at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center. Read more…

 

 


Student Profile: Silvia Vina Lopez
Silvia Vina Lopez is a third year undergraduate student majoring in Chemical Engineering from Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Lopez is working with wood plastic composites as well as nanocomposite technology at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center. Read more…

 

 


Student Profile: Sunil Bhandari
Sunil Bhandari, a graduate student from Pokhara, Nepal, is pursuing MS in Civil Engineering while conducting research and helping to develop new additions to the lab at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center. Read more…

 

 


Student Profile: Donald Bistri
The Advanced Structures and Composites Center’s student research assistants and staff are critical in the completion of many projects. Donald Bistri, a sophomore Mechanical Engineering student from Tirana, Albania, works as an undergraduate lab assistant at the center. Read more…

 

 


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Student Profile: Matt Fowler
Matt Fowler is a Ph.D. and MBA student from Presque Isle, Maine who is working on floating offshore wind turbines under the direction of Dr. Andrew Goupee. Read more…

 

 


Student Profile: Dan Whitney
Students in all stages of their undergraduate and graduate educations come to the Advanced Structures and Composites Center for hands on research experience. Dan Whitney, a graduate student from Topsham, Maine, has applied his composites experience to various projects around the center. Read more…

 

 


Student Profile: Matt Hall
Matthew Hall is from Windsor, Ontario and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, conducting research at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center on modeling floating offshore wind turbines. Read more…

 

 


Student Profile: Dana Pride
Dana Pride is an undergraduate senior majoring in Civil Engineering from Sabattus, Maine, who serves as a mentor to potential engineering students in her time away from the Advanced Structures and Composites Center. Read more…

 

 


Mechanical Engineering Capstone Collaborates with UMaine Composites Center
A group of Mechanical Engineering students at the University of Maine used a unique machine – a filament winder – at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center to complete their senior capstone project. Read more…

 

 


Student Profile: Sam Heathcote
Sam Heathcote is a fourth year Bioengineering major from Holden, Maine, who works at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center on a variety of different projects. Read more…

 

 


Student Profile: Gregory Ramey
Gregory Ramey, an undergraduate senior in Management and Finance from Rumford, Maine, is a part of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center’s finance team. Read more…

 

 


Student Profile: Britni Hutchinson
Human resources is a vital part of the center’s operation. Britni Hutchinson, is a fifth year double major in Elementary Education and International Affairs from Turner, Maine. She has worked for the center’s internal human resources team for over three years. Read more…

 

 


Student Profile: Maddy Wehrle
Maddy Wehrle, a third year Bioengineering Major from Wiscasset, Maine, is an undergraduate student administrative aide assisting laboratory operation staff at the UMaine Advanced Structures and Composites Center. Read more…

 

 


Photo of Lu WangStudent Profile: Lu Wang
Lu Wang is pursuing his Ph.D. in Cellulose Nanofibril-Reinforced Plastics at the UMaine under advisement of Dr. Douglas Gardner. Their team hopes to produce a 3D printed plastic, combined with Maine nanocellulose, that can compete with industrial synthetic plastics currently on the market. Read more…

 

 

2014-2015

Photo of Mark Dwyer 2From Student to Staff: Mark Dwyer
Mark Dwyer is a staff member and a graduate student. He grew up in Hampden, Maine. After high school, Mark enrolled in the chemical engineering UMaine. However, after a short time, he realized that wasn’t a good fit and decided to leave school and to pursue real world experience. Read more…

 

 


yi pengStudent Profile: Yi Peng
Yi Peng is an exceptional student currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. Yi has done valuable work on a half-scale wind turbine composite tower, working to develop its experimental methodologies and facilitating the tests. Read more…

 

 


Photo of Blaine LivingstonStudent Profile: Blaine Livingston
Blaine Livingston is an exceptional non-traditional student. Blaine is a husband, a father, and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Blaine, originally from North Anson, Maine, is working on a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Read more…

 

 


Student Profiles: Angela Bleeker and Nicole Marone
Angela is a third-year undergraduate student from Windham, NH. Angela studies Civil Engineering with minors in Math and Education. Nicole is a fourth year undergraduate student from Howell, NJ, who studies ocean engineering and marine biology at the University of Rhode Island. Read More…