Student Opportunities

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

Elliott Sanders

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

Matt Ireland

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

Taylor Bailey

Taylor Bailey portraitTaylor 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…

Eben Lenfest

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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 Gardner

Charlie Gardner portrait

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…

Dante Guzzi

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Dante Guzzi 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…