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Summer 2015

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Notes for Nia
University of Maine Mechanical Engineering Technology students unveiled devices they designed to allow an 8-year-old girl with one hand to play the recorder. The students presented their senior capstone projects to several judges, as well as Nia, the local girl who was born without a left hand. Nia tested the devices and selected her favorite to take home. “I wanted it [the project] to have some real world application where it would help someone, and you know Nia’s the perfect example,” said engineering student Mackenzie Sutter.
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SMART Institute

Training Students & Teachers to Solve Environmental Problems

About 100 students and teachers from 12 high schools and local Native American communities around the state gathered at the University of Maine for a three-day program that focused on creating innovative solutions to environmental problems related to stormwater management.

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UMaine Composites Center Awarded $77.4 Million for Research and Development of New Blast-resistant Material

According to an article in the Portland Press Herald, The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved $1 billion toward the construction of an additional DDG-51 destroyer, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins announced Thursday. If the funding bill becomes law, the additional destroyer would likely be built at Bath Iron Works.

The defense appropriations bill will also provide $77.4 million for the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center to research and develop blast-resistant materials.

Increased funding for defense purchases, including $7.27 million for the construction of a Secure Hybrid Composite Container and the creation of a pilot production line in the United States. Funded by the Department of Homeland Security, the Composites Center has developed a shipping container in response to secure shipping guidelines.

SELF Institute Connecting Maine Girls to STEM Careers and Leadership

Female students from high schools around the state are spending a week participating in Sustainable Energy Leaders of the Future (SELF) at the University of Maine. The SELF Institute is a residential program that connects Maine girls from rural high schools to STEM careers through research, mentoring and community service in forest bioproducts. The group spent their week learning about different sustainable and renewable energy methods including hydrogen fuel cells, solar power, wind power, and exploring Maine’s available resources through field trips, according to the report. “Surrounding them with a bunch of girls that are also interested in it might encourage them that yeah there are more females that are actually interested in science and math and can do it; do it just as well if not better than a lot of the guys,” said Lindsey Smith, SELF camp counselor. 
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Orono Startup Receives $225K NSF Grant, Reported MaineBiz

MaineBiz reported that the company Revolution Research Inc. — founded by UMaine graduates Nadir Yildirim and Alex Chasse — is receiving a $225,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for the development of a new environmentally friendly foam board insulation product.

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Exceptional in Their Fields: Meet the 2015 College of Engineering Outstanding Graduates

Zoe Berkey
Outstanding Graduating International Student
College of Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
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Benjamin Pomeroy
Outstanding Graduating Student
College of Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
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TAPPI Announces 2015 Engineering Division Scholarship

Kelsey Bolduc, a chemical engineering major at the University of Maine, has been announced as a recipient of the Engineering Division Scholarship. The scholarship is presented to science and engineering students interested in pursuing an engineering career in the pulp and paper industry. Bolduc is one of two students who will be awarded scholarships at the 2015 Pulping, Engineering, Environmental, Recycling, Sustainability (PEERS) conference Oct. 25–28 in Atlanta, Georgia. See News release

Mark Dwyer: From Student to Staff

He worked as a carpenter, a pipe welder and a night janitor, which gave him perspective, experience and hands-on skills he would eventually use to renovate his own home. Eventually, Dwyer realized that in order to have the career he wanted, he would need to return to school.

After researching possible options, he decided that a civil engineering degree would best cover all the areas he was interested in. In fall 2011 he again enrolled at UMaine.  More ...



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