To be a world-class resource for the realization of cutting-edge sensor systems providing solutions for societal advancement and economic wellbeing.

To develop and implement  innovative research and education programs in  sensor systems related to grand challenges in energy, health, environment, and economic well-being.

An internationally recognized interdisciplinary team of experts, coupled with a world-class set of resources and facilities, dedicated to the realization of cutting-edge sensor systems for a wide range of commercially-viable applications that provide solutions for societal advancement and economic wellbeing.

Instrumentation to synthesize and investigate materials properties at the atomic scale and up to macroscopic dimensions, as well as to fabricate and test a variety of micro/nano electronic devices and micro/nano systems. We welcome opportunities to form partnerships with individuals and organizations who can benefit from this infrastructure. Find out more about research at FIRST.

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FIRST plays a major role in educating and training the next generation of scientists and engineers. Outstanding opportunities exist for graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and visiting scientists. These researchers receive specific training in their discipline, but also receive advanced training in many aspects of vacuum technology, materials science, surface physics and chemistry, bioengineering, nanotechnology, biophysics, device fabrication, and sensor technology. Graduate research assistantships and undergraduate research positions are available through a variety of funding sources. Read more about our undergraduate and graduate student opportunities.

Photographs of students not wearing masks were taken prior to the coronavirus pandemic. The University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias follow federal and state Centers for Disease Control and Prevention health and safety guidance, which includes social distancing and use of face coverings for the start of the 2020–21 academic year.

Greetings from the Director, Sharmila Mukhopadhyay