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.

Featured Student Profiles

Elliott Sanders

Elliott Sanders portrait

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

Eben Lenfest portrait
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

Dante Guzzi portrait

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…

Student 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 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…


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…

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.