The University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center WEAR Conference Sponsors & Partners The University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center is a world-leading, interdisciplinary center for research, education, and economic development encompassing material sciences, manufacturing, and engineering of composites and structures. The Center is housed in a 100,000 square-foot, ISO 17025-accredited testing laboratory with more than 150 full and part time personnel. The Center was recently awarded funding to establish a Smart Materials Industry Consortium and Smart Materials Lab. The Smart Materials Consortium will work to improve technical competency in the smart materials area in cooperation with manufacturers. The Smart Materials Lab will work to develop cross cutting projects through a variety of industry clusters. Since 1996, the Center has: financially supported more than 2,000 positions for undergraduate and graduate students; served more than 500 industrial and governmental clients, including 150 Maine companies; formed 14 spinoff companies through licensing agreements of patents or trade secrets, and received more than 40 national and international awards. The Center has gained national and international reputation from major research and development projects such as the VolturnUS 1:8, the first grid-connected floating offshore wind turbine in the US and the first in the world made out of concrete and composite materials, the inflatable composite arch bridges “Bridge-in-a-Backpack” technology now approved in the AASHTO Code, the first Modular Ballistic Protection System (MBPS) approved by the US Army to protect troops in tents from blast and ballistic threats, development of coated wood technology for blast and hurricane resistant wood buildings, and the longest carbon-fiber composite vessel built for the US Navy. Learn more at: composites.umaine.edu.