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Alex Friess, Ph.D.

An aeronautical engineer whose research focuses on residential energy efficiency has been named director of the University of Maine’s new Brunswick Engineering Program.

Friess will direct the innovative Brunswick Engineering Program, located at the newly renovated Brunswick Landing in Brunswick, Maine.

Wilhelm Friess, who joined the UMaine Mechanical Engineering faculty in March 2012, has been teaching engineering for the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) at its campus in Dubai since 2009.

At RIT, Friess taught courses in such topics as renewable energy systems, wind turbine aerodynamics and sustainable energy management. As part of his research, he led the RIT Dubai Residential Energy Efficiency Center, where the focus included building envelop optimization and solar module dust deposition in the desert environment.

Friess also conducts research in engineering education, sailing telemetry, and yacht and sail design. He was a design engineer for Team Shosholoza, the 2007 South African America’s Cup Challenger.

A native of Germany, Friess received his master’s and Ph.D. in aeronautical engineering from RPI in Troy, N.Y., in 1994 and 1997, respectively.

Friess is the first director of Brunswick Engineering, a two-year, nonresidential program offered by UMaine’s College of Engineering that features small classes and an integrated, hands-on approach to earning a four-year engineering degree. Taught by internationally recognized faculty, the curriculum offers a world-class, affordable engineering education in a convenient location for students in southern Maine.