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FAQs

Brunswick Engineering is an innovative pathway to a traditional engineering degree from UMaine Engineering. Have Questions? Take a look at the FAQs below for more information about the program. If you have further questions or just need more information, please let us know.

Contact:
Dana H. Humphrey  207-581-2217 or dana.humphrey@umit.maine.edu
Dean, College of Engineering

Alex Friess at  wilhelm.friess@maine.edu
Director, Brunswick Engineering

Or you can fill out the contact us form and we will get right back to you.

Will students learn the same thing the first two years at Brunswick as they would in Orono?
The total content of the curriculum in Orono and Brunswick will be the same.  What will be different is how we teach it.  In Brunswick, the students will learn math and physics in the same courses as engineering.  This allows them immediately apply new math and physics concepts to solve engineering problems.  This shows students that math and physics provides the tools that allow us to solve pressing engineering problems.  Moreover, studies have shown that students have shown that this integrated approach leads to improved long-term retention.
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Will students be taught by University of Maine faculty?
We will start with two full-time faculty in Brunswick.  The first is Dr. Alex Friess, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering.  Alex has proven himself to be a great engineering teacher and has worked on fascinating engineering projects including designing a sailboat that competed in the 2007 America’s Cup. The second faculty is Dr. Michael P. Davis, serving as lecturer.  He comes with extensive experience in industry as a practicing engineer, in both the shipbuilding and aerospace fields.
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How is traditional engineering taught different than integrated engineering?
In a traditional engineering program in Orono, and virtually every other engineering program in the country, students take four or five math courses and two physics courses then eventually apply this material in separate engineering courses.  This pedagogy works as evidenced by the fact that the country has produced some brilliant engineers.  However, research shows that some students need to see an immediate connection between the math/science and engineering to learn and apply the subject matter.
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Students who start at Brunswick and those who start at Orono will be equally prepared for their third and fourth years.  We expect that Brunswick students will have better retention and a deeper understanding of the material, so they may even do better.
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Are students under the same admissions standards as Orono?
Yes, Brunswick Engineering has the same admission criteria.
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Is the program open to out of state students too? Are there dorms?

The program is open to Maine residents and non-residents. However, this is a non-residential program and there are currently no dorms available. UMaine shares the Brunswick campus with Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) at their Mid-Coast Campus.  UMaine’s Brunswick Engineering program opened in fall of 2012.  Several SMCC programs also started in Fall 2012. Additional renovations are happening at the SMCC Midcoast Campus, which will provide more campus services.
UMaine students order books on-line from the UMaine bookstore where many Orono students get their books on-line at http://www.bookstore.umaine.edu/. Plans are in the works for food services. Brunswick Engineering is located in the Maine Advanced Technology and Engineering Center, a building that has been completely renovated and includes gathering places and study facilities.
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Contact Information

Brunswick Engineering
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
207.581.1110
A Member of the University of Maine System