Faculty Excellence

Harkins Specializes in Startups

Professor of Management Jason Harkins has a particular interest in startup companies, including the challenges they face, and what makes them successful. His research and hands-on work with startups takes place both in and out of the classroom. Harkins joined the UMaine faculty in 2008, after receiving his education west of the Mississippi. In layperson’s…

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Lukens Shares Love of Literature and Humanities

Margo Lukens, professor of English and director of the Clement and Linda McGillicuddy Humanities Center, enjoys exploring literature of different time periods and cultures. Teaching both Native American and European literatures of colonization allows her to introduce and facilitate discussions of widely different perspectives with her students. Lukens is the April recipient of the Alumni…

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Socolow Has Made a Career of Combining Journalism and History

Having worked as a broadcast journalist and studied its history, communication and journalism professor Mike Socolow brings a unique perspective to the classroom. He teaches about the history of mass journalism, and has a particular interest in the early decades of American radio. Socolow, who was raised in Washington, D.C., joined the UMaine faculty in…

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Mac Gray ’73, ’75G Builds Success

Engineering professor Howard “Mac” Gray ’73, ‘75G has enjoyed a career in construction technology both in the field and in the classroom. One of his most satisfying building projects, however, has been developing the Construction Engineering Technology program at his alma mater. Gray is the January recipient of the Alumni Association’s Faculty Excellence Award. After…

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Yong Chen aids fisheries

It’s no fish story that Prof. Yong Chen’s research on fish populations supports the development of sustainable fisheries in Maine and beyond. The fisheries scientist came to UMaine’s School of Marine Sciences in 2000 after teaching at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Chen uses an interdisciplinary approach in his research, combining biology, ecology, and mathematical and…

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Prof. Laurie Hicks Teaches Both In and Beyond the Classroom

As art professor and curator of Lord Hall Gallery, Laurie Hicks teaches both in and beyond the classroom, through exhibitions and research. Her background in art and anthropology inform her study of cultural artifacts and art education. Hicks is a native of Oregon who joined the UMaine faculty in 1987. In layperson’s terms, what are…

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Prof. Andy Goupee Surrounds Himself with Wind and Water

Engineering Professor Andrew “Andy” Goupee enjoys the outdoors — hiking, biking, camping, and swimming, surrounded by wind and water. And wind and water are also the focus of his research interests. Goupee has conducted research on floating wind turbines, first as a research assistant professor at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center, and since 2014…

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Prof. Mark Brewer is UMaine’s Expert on Political Parties and Elections

Prof. Mark Brewer‘s political science expertise receives particular attention from the general public during election seasons, but his research on political behavior takes place year-round. And regardless of one’s position on current American politics, political behavior is a lively topic that receives a lot of attention these days. Brewer, the September recipient of the Alumni…

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