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University of Maine - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Chemical and Biological Engineering

Chemical engineering research is concentrated in the following areas: paper surface science and coating technology, recycling of waste paper, pulping technology and pilot plant studies, development of industrial sensors, biotechnology, alternative energy and molecular sieve adsorbents.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research is focused on structures (advanced engineered wood composites,fiber-reinforced polymer composites, structural health monitoring, mechanics, cement-based materials), environmental (pollutant rate and transport, bio-remediation, pollutant modeling), geotechnical (tire chip properties) and transportation (rumble strips, intersection design and safety).

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research areas include neural Networks and computer vision, sensor design and fabrication, robotics, communication devices and applications, instrumentation and manufacturing, micro-electronics, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), wireless microwave, intelligent systems.

Mechanical Engineering

Research topics include solid mechanics, vibrations, composite materials, heat transfer and fluid dynamics. Projects include modeling of composite materials, bio-mechanics, low power control piezoelectric actuators, computational fluid mechanics and integral methods applied to the prediction of flow and heat transfer in boundary layers.

Physics and Astronomy

As a part of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Engineering Physics conducts research in semiconductor devices, sensor technology, natural radioactivity in the environment.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Advanced Manufacturing Center

The AMC is an engineering support and service center dedicated to promoting economic development in Maine, and supporting the research programs at the University of Maine. The program is a high-level technical resource that is readily accessible to businesses, entrepreneurs, and researchers throughout Maine and all of North America.

Advanced Structures and Composites Center

The Center conducts research leading to commercial development of the next generation of cost-effective, high performance fiber-reinforced polymer wood composite construction materials.

Forest Bioproducts Research Institute

The FBRI advances understanding of the scientific underpinnings, system behavior and policy implications for the production of forest-based bioproducts by promoting technology validation and partnerships that will meet societal needs for materials, chemicals and fuels in an economically and ecologically sustainable manner.

Laboratory for Surface Science & Technology

The Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology (LASST) supports a wide range of fundamental and applied research in surface and interface science. The laboratory is equipped with nine surface analysis facilities. LASST maintains facilities for characterization of surface acoustic wave devices, photolithography, and crystal polishing and orientation.

National Center for Geographic Information & Analysis

A research center established to study the methods of collecting, storing, presenting, and using geographic information in a computer-based world. NCGIA focuses on:
Advanced system functionalities for spatial information tech; user interface design for geographic information systems; Architecture of spatial databases and digital spatial libraries, and spatial information policy and law.

Paper Surface Science Program

Research is directed at the application of fluid mechanics and rheology to industrial processes such as paper coating, paper web formation, printing, bubble coalescence, filtration, flotation, and polymeric film coating.

Pulp & Paper Process Development

Research is conducted for pulp & paper companies on papermaking and stock refining.