Student Profile: Blaine Livingston
Blaine Livingston is an example of 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.
Part of Blaine’s responsibilities at the lab involve manufacturing composite parts for a Department of Defense research project. Blaine was tasked recently with the manufacturing of armor panels for a mobile Armored Command Trailer (ACT) for the US Army. Blaine successfully fabricated the composite laminates which included the use of methyl methacrylate adhesives, vacuum infusion, and a special water jet cutting process. The fabrication of these armor panels is beyond what is traditionally asked of a student in his position. Blaine exhibited excellent leadership by recruiting and instructing other qualified student laborers to help him prepare the panels.
Blaine says he enjoys working at the UMaine Composites Center because “everything we do is interesting, exciting, and has the potential to positively impact so many people’s lives.” Blaine says he appreciates the level of trust and responsibility he is given by his supervisors.
Blaine’s strong work ethic, attitude, and attention to detail set him apart from his peers.