Media highlight Friess’ NSF grant to support low-income engineering students

The Bangor Daily News, Piscataquis Observer and Penobscot Bay Pilot reported that Wilhelm Friess, associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Maine, was awarded $749,999 from the National Science Foundation for a project that supports talented, low-income engineering students called Building Bridges for Engineering Students (BBEST). “This program presents a unique opportunity to support these talented students from some of Maine’s poorest counties. The aim is not only to provide students with the support needed to stay in college, but also to raise high school students’ awareness that they should consider college. We want to build bridges between UMaine and the K–12 system that will move a college education within reach for students who may otherwise not consider it,” Friess said.