Science/Technology

March 12, 2021

Introducing a new series: “Innovators of UMaine”

Black Bear alumni, faculty, staff, and students are among Maine’s most productive innovators and entrepreneurs. This month, Innovators of UMaine showcases Justin Hafner ’18, CEO and co-founder of KinoTek, Inc. a Portland-based tech startup. KinoTek—pronounced Keen-o-tek—recently raised $600,000 in investor funding to develop 3D technology to aid healthcare providers. Read more. A Queensbury, NY, native,…

Bioproducts Research Institute Receives Equipment Upgrade
February 16, 2021

Forest Bioproducts Research Institute Receives Equipment Upgrade

UMaine’s Forest Bioproducts Research Institute (FBRI) facilities in Old Town and in Jenness Hall will upgrade their equipment with $4.8 million awarded from the Defense Logistics Agency. The improved equipment will enable FBRI to continue to increase production, produce new bioproducts, and support ongoing research. The new equipment will enable researchers to study the creation…

February 11, 2021

The world’s largest 3-D printer will be making wind turbine blades in Orono

UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center was awarded $2.8 million to develop and manufacture wind turbine blade molds using their 3D printing capabilities. The grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy will help accelerate the development of wind turbine blades and reduce the cost of their fabrication.  Senators…

Hemant P. Pense Headshot
February 11, 2021

Meet Hemant Pendse, UMaine’s 2021 Distinguished Maine Professor

Hemant Pendse, an internationally recognized leader in forest bioproducts research, has been named the University of Maine’s 2021 Distinguished Maine Professor.  The annual Distinguished Maine Professor Award honors a UMaine professor who exemplifies the highest qualities of teaching, research, and public service. It is sponsored by the University of Maine Alumni Association and its classes…

January 15, 2021

UMaine Technology Helps Build New Bridge in Hampden, ME

Technology developed in conjunction with UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center led to the design and manufacturing of a new bridge on Route 1A in Hampden, ME. The CT Girder Bridge System employed by Advanced Infrastructure Technologies in Brewer is resistant to corrosion and is longer lasting and easier to maintain than traditional steel and…

December 11, 2020

Versant Power Astronomy Director Shares “Constellation and the Christmas Star” Webcast with Alums

Watch a recording of the Alumni Association’s recent Zoom webcast “Constellations and the Christmas Star” with Shawn Laatsch, director of the Versant Power Astronomy Center and Jordan Planetarium. Laatsch introduces the stars, constellations, and planets seen in our winter skies. Learn how to find them from your own backyard, see what special planetary conjunction is…

November 16, 2020

Alums Develop Cream for Dry Skin Made from Lobster Fluid

Two UMaine alumni have developed a cream from lobster fluid that treats dry skin. Patrick Breeding ’17, ’19G and Amber Boutiette ’17, ’19G established Marin Skincare, which uses a protein from lobster as the active ingredient in their hydration cream. The two began working on the product when they were graduate students.

August 12, 2020

UMaine’s Offshore Wind Project Receives $100 Million Investment

UMaine’s cutting-edge research on offshore windpower energy technology has received a major private-sector investment from Diamond Offshore Wind and RWE Renewables. The $100 million investment from those partners will enable the floating wind farm to be constructed about 14 miles off the Maine coast, near Monhegan Island. The scale model prototype of the project, which…

August 12, 2020

“Expedition Everest” Highlighted in Upcoming Webinar

Join the Alumni Association on August 20th at 10 AM (Eastern) for a  Zoom presentation by Dr. Paul Mayewski, director of UMaine’s Climate Change Institute. In 2019, Mayewski led a team of researchers to Mount Everest to install the world’s highest weather-monitoring stations. Funded by National Geographic and Rolex, the expedition was the subject of the…

August 5, 2020

Maine-made Research Satellite to Launch

Photo courtesy of AMSAT The University of Maine, in collaboration with the University of Southern Maine and three Maine schools, will create and launch a research satellite within the next three years. UMaine graduate students will work with USM undergraduates to design, develop, and test the first Maine-built satellite, as part of NASA’s CubeSat Launch…

May 15, 2020

Virtual Groundbreaking for Ferland Engineering Education and Design Center

On April 28, a virtual groundbreaking marked the beginning of the construction of the $78 million Ferland Engineering Education and Design Center on the UMaine campus. Construction of the 105,000-square-foot facility will begin in May, with workers following appropriate COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. The project is expected to be completed in spring 2022. Members…

April 16, 2020

Virtual Groundbreaking for Ferland Engineering Education and Design Center to Take Place Next Week

The University of Maine, together with the University of Maine Foundation, will break ground for the Ferland Engineering Education and Design Center on Tuesday, April 28th at 1:00 p.m. The virtual groundbreaking for the center can be found here. The $77 million, 105-000-square-foot teaching and learning center is expected to be open for classes in…