Advanced Materials for Infrastructure and Energy

Dagher describes to Down East his favorite Maine place 

Habib Dagher talked with Down East Magazine about his favorite place in Maine — UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center, which he founded and directs. “It’s where I spend most of my time, and I love every minute of it,” he says. And why not, last fall there, the world’s largest 3D printer crafted the […]

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‘The Maine Question’ podcast looks at future of Maine forests

The latest episode of “The Maine Question” asks, what does the future hold for Maine’s forests? Forests play a central role in defining the state — from its geography to the economy to just about any aspect of Maine’s way of life that you can think of.  But the way forestry is practiced and the […]

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Revisit 2019 faculty, student discoveries

University of Maine faculty members and students conducted fascinating and impactful research important to Maine and the world in 2019. This roundup of stories from July to December covers 3D printing, eDNA, obesity, lobster resilience, and sustainable aquaculture. And here’s a link to research and news highlights from January to June. All UMaine news stories […]

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Maine magazine highlights Composites Center’s innovation 

Maine magazine detailed how a research and development team at the University of Maine printed the largest 3D object in the world. “It started as a glob of bioplastic. At the end of 72 hours, it was a 25-foot-long patrol boat weighing 5,000 pounds,” began the feature about how the University of Maine Advanced Structures […]

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Maine Public’s biggest story of year: record-setting 3D printer, boat 

A University of Maine time lapse video of a 25-foot, 5,000-pound boat being printed by a 3D printer at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center was Maine Public’s biggest story of 2019 based on traffic volume. The Composites Center earned three Guinness World Records — for the largest printer, the largest solid […]

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Mainebiz lists two UMaine feats as most unusual of 2019

Two of Mainebiz’s most unusual stories of 2019 came from the University of Maine: green crab dog biscuits and the unveiling of the world’s largest 3D printer. Angela Myracle, an assistant professor of human nutrition in the School of Food and Agriculture, and Anna Smestad, a human nutrition and pre-med major, devised a process to […]

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Washington Post talks with Shaler about mass timber construction

The Washington Post talked with Stephen Shaler, director of the School of Forest Resources and associate director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center, for its story “Forget the log cabin. Wood buildings are climbing skyward — with pluses for the planet.” Shaler said, “There’s not a silver bullet out there” with regards to mass […]

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PPH article cites UMaine research referenced in state’s economic plan 

The Portland Press Herald story that covered Gov. Janet Mills’ unveiling of the state’s 10-year economic development plan cited University of Maine research that it contained that identifies new composite materials, some of which combine derivatives of forest products, to make new building materials, bioplastics and biofuels. The development plan seeks to increase average annual […]

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Irja Hepler: Early College leads to hands-on engineering at ASCC

Irja Hepler started working at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center (ASCC) before college, when she landed an internship as a sophomore in high school. Now Hepler, a civil engineering major from Orono, is a senior at UMaine.  “I really like math and I especially like applying it to the real world, […]

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Mainebiz interviews engineering faculty about Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center projects

Mainebiz interviewed Habib Dagher, executive director of the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center, about the Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center, a collaboration of New England universities led by UMaine. The center seeks to identify new materials and technologies that maximize transportation infrastructure investment, according to Mainebiz. “There are hundreds of thousands of bridges […]

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