Archive for the ‘Engineering’ Category

Maine Edge Reports on Undergraduate Research and Academic Showcase Winners

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

The Maine Edge published a University of Maine news release announcing the winners of the sixth annual Undergraduate Research and Academic Showcase. The event, sponsored by UMaine’s Center for Undergraduate Research, was open to any undergraduate at the university and featured 121 presentations from 229 students in the form of posters, oral presentations or performances, and exhibits. Also announced at the April showcase were the five winners of a $3,000 Summer Research and Creative Academic Achievements Fellowship.

2015 Francis Crowe Society Induction Ceremonies May 9

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

University of Maine graduates and distinguished engineers will be inducted into the Francis Crowe Society during two ceremonies on Saturday, May 9.

The College of Engineering will host a ceremony from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Collins Center for the Arts. The School of Engineering Technology will host a ceremony from 10 to 11 a.m. in Hauck Auditorium.

The Francis Crowe Society recognizes UMaine engineering graduates and others who have made considerable contributions to the engineering profession. The society is named in honor of Francis Trenholm Crowe, who earned a degree in civil engineering from UMaine in 1905 and was chief engineer of the Hoover Dam.

For more information on either ceremony, call Vicky Wingo in the College of Engineering at 581.2204 or Scott Dunning in the School of Engineering Technology at 581.2341. More information about the Francis Crowe Society is online.

Service Projects, Barbecue, Oozeball Set for Maine Day, April 29

Monday, April 27th, 2015

University of Maine students, faculty and staff will take part in Maine Day, the annual campuswide spring cleanup tradition, on Wednesday, April 29. UMaine community members will complete service projects aimed at sprucing up the campus, enjoy a free barbecue, and compete for the oozeball — mud volleyball — championship.

About 40 projects will include raking, planting flowers, picking up litter and painting at various locations on campus, the bike paths and downtown Orono. Beautification of UMaine’s historic district, including Lord, Alumni, Holmes and Winslow halls; the President’s House; The Maples; and the Cyrus Pavilion Theatre, will help mark the university’s 150th anniversary.

Festivities will begin at 8 a.m. with a parade featuring student organizations, residence halls, fraternities and sororities. The parade, themed “Celebrating 150 Years of UMaine,” will travel around campus starting from Hilltop and ending on the Mall in front of Fogler Library. Parade line up begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Emera Astronomy Center.

From 9 to 11:30 a.m., volunteers will take part in service projects on and off campus. A list of projects is available on the Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism website. Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. April 27. In-person registration for remaining projects will be available on the Mall (or in the Memorial Union in the event of rain).

Projects will continue until the annual Maine Day barbecue takes place in the Steam Plant Lot from noon to 2 p.m. Several student organization philanthropy events, as well as the annual oozeball championship, also will take place in the lot from noon to 3 p.m.

Activities taking place in the Steam Plant Lot include the Sophomore Owls’ battle of the bands, human curling with the UMaine Curling Club, the Delta Tau Delta car bash, and the St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event hosted by UMaine Circle K International.

Drop by the UMaine 150th anniversary celebration table at the barbecue to be part of the photo and video series wishing the university happy birthday. Free 150th anniversary tote bags and window clings will be available.

Also on Maine Day, Seven teams of University of Maine Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) students will unveil their design challenge projects from 9 a.m. to noon in rooms 137 and 140 of Bennett Hall. The 2015 senior capstone projects were created so a local 8-year-old girl born without a left hand can play a Baroque soprano recorder in music class. The girl will select the design that best suits her.

President Arthur Hauck first inaugurated Maine Day in 1935. It is traditionally held on the last regular Wednesday of the spring semester. Classes with three or more weekly meetings are canceled to allow students to participate in volunteerism.

The Maine Day Committee organizes the event, and funding is provided from The University of Maine President’s Office, the Division of Student Affairs, the Vice President for Administration and Finance, Facilities Management and Black Bear Dining.

For more information about Maine Day, visit the website or email EJ Roach at ej.roach@umit.maine.edu.

UMaine Project to Help Girl with One Hand Play Instrument, AP Reports

Monday, April 27th, 2015

The Associated Press reported seven teams of University of Maine Mechanical Engineering Technology students are preparing to unveil devices they designed to allow an 8-year-old girl with one hand to play the recorder. The students will present their projects on Maine Day, April 29, in Bennett Hall. Maine Day at the university is about providing service, and for MET students, it’s typically when they debut their senior capstone projects, which often are created to meet needs of people with challenges. A local girl, who was born without a left hand, will select the winner and take home the design that best helps her play a Baroque soprano recorder. WABI (Channel 5), WLBZ (Channel 2), WGME (Channel 13 in Portland), New York’s Times Union and Indiana’s Daily Reporter carried the AP report.

AP, BDN Report on Regional Concrete Canoe Competition

Monday, April 27th, 2015

The Associated Press and the Bangor Daily News reported on the New England Regional Concrete Canoe Competition hosted by the University of Maine. More than 200 students from 11 New England universities, including UMaine, subjected their concrete canoe creations to judging on a variety of characteristics in Orono. The contest is a precursor for teams aiming to compete in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ National Concrete Canoe Competition to be held in June at Clemson University in South Carolina. Due to ice conditions on Lake George in Skowhegan, the race portion of the competition was canceled. Eric Farnsworth, co-captain of the design team, told the BDN the focus this year was on improving the formula of the concrete so it could better withstand being in the water. The UMaine team placed seventh in the competition, Farnsworth told the BDN. “It was really disappointing not to be in the water this year, but we are going to try again next year,” he said. Maine Public Broadcasting Network, Sun Journal, SFGate, seattlepi and Kennebec Journal/Morning Sentinel carried the AP report.

2015 Rezendes Ethics Essay Winners Announced

Monday, April 27th, 2015

John William Mukose, a third-year chemical engineering major and Honors College student, is the winner of the 2015 John M. Rezendes Annual Ethics Essay Competition.

Mukose of Kampala, Uganda received $2,800 and a commemorative sculpture for his essay, “The Ethics of Using Indoor Residual Spraying of DDT to Control Malaria in Uganda.”

Afton Hupper, a sophomore from Owls Head, Maine received the second-place prize of $300 for the essay, “A World for Everyone: The Common Good Approach to Reaching Global Peace Through Sustainability.” Hupper is an ecology and environmental sciences major and Honors College student.

All UMaine undergraduates were invited to submit an 8- to 10-page essay for the annual competition. The 2015 theme was “Impacting Nature: The Ethics of Energy, Ecology and the Environment.”

A financial gift from Dennis and Beau Rezendes provides the university the opportunity to annually offer the John M. Rezendes Ethics Essay Competition in conjunction with hosting the John M. Rezendes Visiting Scholar in Ethics.

Baird Callicott, a philosophy professor at the University of North Texas, delivered this year’s John M. Rezendes Visiting Scholar in Ethics Lecture on Earth Day. The topic was “Thinking Like a Planet: The Land Ethic and the Earth Ethic.”

Hitting the Right Notes

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Seven teams of University of Maine Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) students will unveil their design challenge projects from 9 a.m. to noon on Maine Day, Wednesday, April 29, in Bennett Hall on campus.

Maine Day at the university is about providing service. And for MET students, it’s typically when they debut their senior capstone projects, which often are created to meet needs of people with challenges.

An 8-year-old girl from a local community will be particularly interested in the demonstrations. Not only will she select the winner, the project will benefit her. The girl, who was born without a left hand, will take home the design that best helps her play a Baroque soprano recorder.

Last summer, the girl’s music teacher proposed the project to UMaine MET personnel. The teacher wants the girl to be able to fully participate in music class.

Criteria for the device include that it allows the girl to use both arms in some way and play nine Baroque notes. It also needs to be able to be disinfected and continue to function as she grows. The girl needs to be able to put the discrete device together and take it apart. And, if possible, it should be her favorite color — purple.

For about six months, UMaine student teams have been brainstorming, building, testing and tweaking the devices. MET teaching assistant Emmett Hodder says the 50 participating seniors have become more knowledgeable about music and instruments, as well as better educated about the engineering design process.

“The ability to play music has been an inspiration for many throughout generations,” writes Team 4 scholars Gentry Burch of Owls Head, Maine; Corey Denis of Waterville, Maine; Justin Dobrovich of Kennebunk, Maine; Dylan Johnson of Bennington, N.H.; Brian Kearns of Eddington, Maine; Aaron Koss of Vermont; and Travis Sherman of Winthrop, Maine.

“Opportunities to assist someone in need and allow for their personal enjoyment is an inspiration to create the best product possible.”

Previous years’ MET projects have included a stair-climbing wheelchair and a human-powered watercraft for a person without arms.

Schedule

The first portion of the design challenge begins at 9 a.m. Sessions run back-to-back, thus the end time could be between 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Events will be in Room 137, Bennett Hall unless otherwise noted.

  1. Musical tone testing, Room 140, Bennett Hall
  1. Judging at team tables
  1. Case Race — Students will be timed removing the device from the case, assembling it, playing a note, disassembling it and returning it to the storage case.
  1. Cleaning demonstration — Teams will show how to maintain the device and give directions for disassembly and cleaning.
  1. Presentations — Each team will provide a 10-minute description about how it came up with the design and why it’s the best choice for the client.
  1. Musical competition — One member per team will play “Camptown Races” on a recorder equipped with his or her team’s respective design. This is the only event the audience will judge

Contact: Beth Staples, 207.581.3777

Exceptional in Their Fields

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Stellar seniors — who come from throughout Maine, and Canada and Nepal — share their UMaine experiences. Learn about their research, community service and world travels, and their plans for the next chapter in their lives.

Zoe BerkeyZoe Berkey
Outstanding Graduating International Student
College of Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Zoe Berkey of Duncan, British Columbia, Canada, majored in civil engineering. A midfielder on the UMaine field hockey team, her America East Conference honors include All-Academic Team since 2012. Most recently and for the fourth consecutive year, Berkey also was named to the National Academic Squad of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, Division I. In the summers of 2012 and 2013, Berkey worked as an engineering summer student in the municipal wastewater treatment plant of North Cowichan, Duncan, British Columbia. Her plans include pursuing a career in hydrology and environmental engineering.


Katherine BolsterKatherine Bolster
Outstanding Graduating Student
Maine Business School
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting with an additional major in Finance

Katherine Bolster of Walpole, Maine, majored in accounting and finance. Bolster is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and Alpha Lambda Delta honor societies, and served as a peer tutor. She is Bloomberg certified. Bolster has accepted an internship at State Street in Boston, Massachusetts, and ultimately plans to pursue certification as a public accountant.


Samantha Dunton

Samantha Dunton
Outstanding Graduating Student
College of Education and Human Development
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education

Samantha Dunton of Winterport, Maine, majored in elementary education and secondary education, with concentrations in science and mathematics, and a minor in French. She received a Galen Cole Family Foundation Scholarship and a Project Reach Endorsement to be certified to teach English as a Second Language. Last summer, Dunton served as an undergraduate research assistant for the Maine Physical Science Partnership, conducting research on problem solving in a college chemistry course. In 2012, she studied abroad at the University of Angers. She completed her student teaching at Dedham School and Hermon Middle School. Dunton was involved in the Student Education Association of Maine and worked in an after-school program in Bangor. In addition, for the past six years, Dunton has worked for Bangor Parks and Recreation as a coach, counselor and assistant supervisor. She plans to teach in Maine.


Robert Fasano

Robert Fasano
Outstanding Graduating Student
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Physics

Robert Fasano of Jefferson, Maine, majored in physics, with a minor in mathematics. His academic honors include a Theodore and Dorothy Whitehouse Scholarship, and a Creative and Academic Achievement Fellowship from the Center for Undergraduate Research. For the past two years, Fasano has been conducting research to develop a fast, flexible code to construct model galaxies in dynamical equilibrium — models that can be used in conjunction with N-body simulators to investigate galactic instabilities and dynamics over long time scales. Last summer, as part of a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates at the University of Colorado, he developed a semiclassical model of cavity-assisted atom cooling for narrow line-width atoms, with the ultimate goal of harnessing synchronization of atoms as a new laser cooling technique. For the past two years, Fasano has been a Maine Learning Assistant and a member of UMaine’s Society of Physics Students, this year serving as president. He served as secretary of Black Bear Robotics and was a member of the design team for the UMaine chapter of Engineers Without Borders, translating into Spanish a septic system operations and maintenance manual used in a rural Honduran community. In August, he will join the Optical Frequency Measurements Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado, conducting research on cavity-stabilized laser systems for use in cutting-edge atomic clocks. This fall, he will enter the Ph.D. program in physics at the University of Colorado Boulder.


Michael Munson

Michael Munson
Outstanding Graduating Student
Division of Lifelong Learning
Bachelor of University Studies

Michael Munson of Hudson, Maine, majored in university studies and minored in Maine studies. After attending UMaine and earning professional certification at Eastern Maine Technical College in the early 1980s, Munson went on for licensing in the state of Maine in the oil and natural gas service fields. At UMaine, he pursued interdisciplinary coursework, with particular focus on Maine history, environmental and climate change, and respect for cultural diversity and preservation. He developed a series of experiential learning videos on reverence for life and cultures, veteran recovery programs and a living history trail of the 1775 Arnold mission to Quebec. The videos were created for nontraditional students who are challenged in making Maine’s often resource-based historical patterns relevant to their employment, education and community involvement.


Ben Pomeroy

Benjamin Pomeroy
Outstanding Graduating Student
College of Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Benjamin Pomeroy of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, majored in civil engineering. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international development studies from McGill University, which he earned in 2011. Pomeroy served as president of the UMaine chapter of Tau Beta Pi honor society, and since 2012, has been a member of Engineers Without Borders, which took UMaine student crews to Honduras for a wastewater treatment project and a clean water initiative in Ecuador. For two years, he worked for UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center, first in lab research and design related to VolturnUS, UMaine’s 1:8 scale model floating wind turbine platform, and engineering design related to composite arch bridges. Last summer, he had a structural bridge design internship with HNTB Corporation in Westbrook, Maine. Pomeroy plans to pursue a career in structural bridge design in Maine.


Riju Shresha

Riju Shrestha
Outstanding Graduating International Student
College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture
Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

Riju Shrestha of Katmandu, Nepal, majored in biochemistry. She received the Frederick H. Radke Award and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Last summer, Shrestha received a research fellowship from the Maine IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) to serve as a research assistant at Bowdoin College, examining the impact of phenotypic and genotypic changes in the fungal pathogen Candida albicans during host adaptation. In the previous summers, and throughout the past academic year, Shrestha has been a research assistant at UMaine, analyzing host-pathogen interaction using zebrafish and Candida albicans, a commensal fungal organism that can cause severe infections in immunocompromised individuals. For the past three years, she has worked as a resident assistant on campus, and has been an active member of the International Student Association, South Asian Association of Maine, Partners for World Health and the UMaine chapter of the Maine Society for Microbiology. Shrestha plans to pursue a career in public health research.


Holly StewartHolly Stewart
Outstanding Graduating International Student
College of Education and Human Development
Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Physical Education

Holly Stewart of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, majored in kinesiology and physical education, with a concentration in exercise science. Stewart, a forward on the UMaine field hockey team, received the 2014 “M” Club Dean Smith Award and was on the Gladiator National Academic Squad from 2011–13. She was named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-Region Team and the America East Conference First Team, both in 2013 and 2014. Stewart also was an SGI/NFHCA Division I Scholar of Distinction in 2013 and 2014. Last summer in Vancouver, she had a physical therapy internship at the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre and volunteered in a stroke rehabilitation class in the North Vancouver Community Recreation Centre. Stewart has been playing for Team Canada, and hopes to help the team qualify for the 2016 Olympics. She also plans to pursue graduate work in physical therapy.

Contact: Margaret Nagle, 207.581.3745

UMaine’s Clean Snowmobile Featured in Engadget Article

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Engadget published the article, “UMaine’s clean snowmobile runs on (a lot of) natural gas,” about a machine customized by University of Maine mechanical engineering students. The students say the snowmobile is the only natural gas-powered snowmobile in the U.S., according to the article. The Arctic Cat XF1100 was customized by the students to compete in the Society of Automotive Engineers Clean Snowmobile Challenge, which was founded to create machines capable of running in Yellowstone National Park where rules about noise and emissions keep gas snowmobiles out, the article states.

Engineering Students, Faculty to Participate in Center’s Space Day, Maine Edge Reports

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Students and faculty from the University of Maine College of Engineering will take part in The Challenger Learning Center of Maine’s “Space Day” celebration during its sixth annual open house on April 29 in Bangor. Researchers from UMaine’s Wireless Sensing Laboratory (WiSe-Net Lab), directed by electrical and computer engineering professor Ali Abedi, will provide demonstrations throughout the free, public event, according to the article.