Science/Technology

Jennifer Vachon
January 29, 2020

Takes One to Know One

JENNIFER HIGGINS VASHON ’93 is an expert on black bears—the animal kind, not the ones who roam the hallways of UMaine. As a wildlife biologist for Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Vashon is a researcher, public educator, and advisor to policy makers. The University of Maine’s wildlife management program—and the connections she made…

January 17, 2020

Remembering Chuck Peddle ’59

News media around the world recently reported the passing of computer pioneer Chuck Peddle ’59, one of the most consequential Black Bears of all time. Peddle, the 2019 Alumni Career Award recipient, is widely credited as “the father of the personal computer.” This New York Times feature is just one of many news stories that…

December 13, 2019

Video Pays Tribute to UMaine’s Machine Tool Lab

The Machine Tool Lab has provided space for mechanical engineering technology students to gain hands-on experience since it was constructed in 1934. This nine-minute video traces the lab’s history. The building will be replaced by a state-of-the-art lab located within the Ferland Engineering Education & Design Center.  

November 18, 2019

Alumnus Heads Iceland’s Forest Service

UMaine alumnus Thröstur Eysteinsson ’90G, ’92 Ph.D. grew up exploring Iceland’s scenic landscape. As he learned about the history of forestry in Iceland he decided to quit his job as a teacher and come to the University of Maine to study forestry. In an interview with the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture Eysteinsson…

November 18, 2019

UMaine Receives $1 Million Pledge from Pratt & Whitney for Engineering Center

The E. James and Eileen P. Ferland Engineering Education and Design Center received a significant boost recently, when Pratt & Whitney pledged $1 million toward the center’s machine tool suite. Read more here. Individuals photographed from left to right: Jeffery N. Mills ’82, UMaine Foundation president/CEO; Dana Humphrey, UMaine dean of engineering; Kevin McDonnell, director of engineering, Pratt…

October 11, 2019

It’s Official: UMaine Has the World’s Largest 3D Printer  

The world’s largest 3D printer was unveiled at UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center (ASCC) last week. More than 250 people attended the dedication ceremony, including a representative of the Guinness Book of World Records, who presented an official proclamation of the massive machine’s record-holding status.  Using nanocellulose, a wood-based type of biodegradable plastic developed…

October 10, 2019

Maine Professors Develop Walker for those with Mobility Impairments

UMaine professors Elizabeth DePoy, Stephen Gilson, and Vince Caccese are part of the team that developed Afari, a specially designed wheeled walker that assists people with their mobility. The Afari enables people with mobility impairments, who otherwise would be limited by standard walkers, to move in a variety of outdoor terrain. A recent Bangor Daily…

October 10, 2019

Popular Maine Bridge has a UMaine Connection

The Penobscot Narrows Bridge, which spans Maine’s Penobscot River and connects Verona Island to Prospect, has a connection to UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center in Orono. That connection, however, is through sensors that monitor the force, temperature, and strain of different components for their performance and longevity.  The cable-stayed bridge is 2,120 feet long…

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September 17, 2019

Skonberg Specializes in Seafood

Dr. Denise Skonberg, this month’s recipient of the Alumni Association’s Faculty Excellence Award, has a particular interest in the processing of seafood, improving its quality and minimizing waste. Skonberg, an associate professor of food science, joined the UMaine faculty in 1997.  She shares her thoughts on teaching, research, student success, and enjoying life in Maine.  …

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September 16, 2019

UMaine, Bigelow Lab Receive $20 Million Coastal Research Grant

A $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation will fund a five-year initiative that aims to revolutionize environmental monitoring, ecological understanding, and sustainability of coastal ecosystems.  The University of Maine is partnering with Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences and other collaborators in education, government agencies, citizens’ groups and local industry statewide. “The Maine Environmental…

September 16, 2019

Engineering Alumna Cited as National Influencer

Stacey Gomm Harris ‘11 has been cited as one of 30 engineers in the U.S. who are “changing the construction industry,” according to the software company PlanGrid. Harris is a construction superintendent for Consigli, one of the largest general contractors in the Northeast. Simply put, a construction engineer oversees all operational aspects of a construction…