Decarbonizing Through Engineering

Through a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, Dr. Justin Lapp and his co-investigators will be conducting research aimed at Solar Decarbonization of Paraffin Dehydrogenation Through Particle Heat Carriers. The light olefin industry accounts for over $300B in annual worldwide sales and requires large amounts of process heat, currently provided by fossil fuel combustion. In this project, a method is investigated to replace those fossil fuels with concentrated solar energy. Solid ceramic particles, coated in catalyst, will be heated by focused sunlight to 900 Celsius or higher, then will be used to heat and catalyze a flow of paraffins for conversion to light olefins. The project team will design, fabricate, and test catalyst pellets. They will build and simulate a prototype proof-of-concept reactor. Read More

Achieving a Milestone – Four NSF CAREER Awards

Mechanical Engineering is proud to announce that four MEE early-career faculty are among the outstanding group of peers selected nationwide to receive NSF CAREER awards in 2021 and 2022. Dr. Qian Xue plans to devote her award toward a better understanding and modeling of Hydrodynamic Sensing Mechanism of Seal Whisker, Dr. Babak Hejrati will advance biomedical research and education by exploring Interlimb Neural Coupling to Enhance Gait Rehabilitation, and Dr. Yingchao Yang will explore the mechanisms behind the exceptional toughness associated with Asymmetrical Fracture of Two-dimensional High Entropy Nanomaterials. They join Dr. Sheila Edalatpour (2021 recipient) who is establishing a theoretical framework for modeling Quantum Size Effects on Thermal Radiation.

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. ” [NSF]

Empowering Engineering Students

In recognition of the importance of making college education more accessible to promising low-income students in Maine, NSF has awarded a $750,000 grant to  Dr. Alex Friess and his co-investigators in support of a project for Building Bridges for Engineering Students. Read More

Transforming Engineering Education at UMaine

We celebrated the grand opening of the Ferland Engineering Education and Design Center on August 24th. In addition to housing the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ferland EEDC provides a state-of-the-art facility for transforming engineering education at UMaine. Read More

Inviting Applications – Two Faculty Positions

1 – Assistant Professor position (posted July 15, 2022) in the fluid mechanics area, specifically in CFD and modeling of internal and/or external flow fields. Required qualifications include a PhD in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, ocean engineering or a closely related field; a well-documented record of high-quality research in fluid mechanics, specifically in CFD and numerical modeling of internal and/or external flow fields; evidence of a strong potential for obtaining extramural funding and supporting graduate students; evidence of a strong potential for teaching excellence, and capability to develop and teach related courses at different levels; excellent communication skills and teamwork ability; and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in education, research, and service. Preferred qualifications include a potential for collaboration in one or more areas including aerospace, mechanical, ocean, energy and biomedical engineering; experience in experimental fluid mechanics as a complement to numerical modelling expertise; and relevant industrial experience. Read More, Submit Application

2 – Assistant Professor position (posted August 15, 2022) in the area of manufacturing or controls with a 25% joint appointment in the Advanced Structures and Composites Center to support a new Factory of the Future research initiative focused on large format digital manufacturing. Required qualifications include a PhD in mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering, or a closely related field by date of hire; a well-documented record of high-quality research in large-scale manufacturing systems, their design, and automation; evidence of a strong potential for obtaining extramural funding and supporting graduate students; evidence of a strong potential for teaching excellence, and capability to develop and teach manufacturing and/or controls related courses at different levels; excellent communication skills and teamwork ability; and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in education, research, and service. Preferred qualifications include, but are not limited to: design of large-scale additive manufacturing; self-aware machine/collaborative robots; controls co-design; and artificial intelligence applied to manufacturing system automation. Read More, Submit Application

Growing Interest in Certificate Program

We are pleased to see the increasing interest in both the undergraduate and graduate Certificates in Composite Materials and Structures program aimed to expand the educational opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students as well as non-degree seeking professionals.  The program requires completion of 12 credits (4 courses) from the list of available courses. Learn More: Undergraduate Certificate, Graduate Certificate


This program will prepare students to be eligible for licensure within the State of Maine. Visit the UMS State Authorization & Licensure page to learn more about the licensure requirements in other states and territories, in addition to the contact information needed to inquire further into the licensure requirements associated with this program.