An overview of the impact of the University of Maine College of Engineering statewide and beyond. As Maine’s leading engineering program, the college prepares an educated workforce, conducts research that turns knowledge into innovative solutions, and provides outreach that includes STEM initiatives.
Engineers are critical to virtually everything that’s made that we touch in our environment.
It’s everything from the car that you drive, to our transportation infrastructure, to the phone in your pocket, to the drinking water that you use every day. Without engineers, we wouldn’t have those things. They wouldn’t exist. Engineers are central to all of that.
We’re running out of natural resources, and engineers really need to start making the most of what we have.
Water systems, sanitation systems are in dire need.
The challenge is really the development of new technologies.
We do have an aging infrastructure.
For us, to be competitive here in Maine, we need engineers with new talent, new ideas.
We’re not putting out as many engineers as we need to. The opportunity begs for more. The economy wants more.
Construction, to the Maine economy, is very, very important. Engineers in a construction company, it’s a very exciting career. It’s a very diverse career.
We use the university to do things like load ratings on some of our bridges.
We’re using some really high-tech equipment to gather some very important data. It will save everybody a lot of money, and it will inform the engineering profession in the state of Maine. That’s our job.
We are looking at how climate change might impact the flow conditions here in the Damariscotta. It’s important to understand that so that aquaculture can grow in a sustainable manner.
Aquaculture is one of Maine’s most promising areas for economic development.
Through using sensor technology and wireless communication, we can save lives of newborn infants. We can help increase the quality of life for older individuals. We can help monitor the brain health of astronauts, athletes, soldiers who come back from war.
Small businesses are very critical to the Maine economy. They are really the job creators and the job starters, and are the sector that is expanding the most here in the state.
The idea started at the university, and then it left the university. I helped to mature the idea. Now, we’re going back to the Advanced Manufacturing Center, having them help us to evolve the idea even further.
They can expand what they’re doing in the products that they’re developing. They can make those products more efficient and better. They can learn about new research and development going on within manufacturing processes from our center here.
We’re working on processes to make fuels from Maine’s forests. Someday, you’ll be able to drive your car, fly your airplanes, heat your houses, using these types of fuels.
Engineering is fun. Engineering is creativity. Engineering is to use the power of your imagination to create things that never existed before.
Engineers, that’s what they do. They make things happen. They build things.
Engineering at the University of Maine will continue to grow and fill the needs of the state of Maine. We really produce two things. We produce graduates that are ready to work and contribute to Maine’s economy, and we produce the new ideas and new technologies that are necessary to move Maine’s economy forward.