LA students standing in front of the 25 foot boat made using UMO’s 3D printer which is the largest in the world. From left: Misha Curtis, Izzy Petersen, Jake Shaw, Rayna Reckley, Filip Diakonowitz, Ben Schwink, Paul Fang, Curtis Cai, and Harry Wu.

On January 31, 2020, 35 LA students and four faculty members visited the University of Maine at Orono to learn about the school’s engineering programs and tour the school’s facilities. Students and faculty heard from University of Maine staff about programs ranging from biomedical and chemical engineering to computer science and electrical engineering.

“Our group was treated to tours of the Advanced Manufacturing Center and Advanced Structures and Composites Center and heard about the variety of undergraduate research opportunities offered at UMO,” said Stephanie Cheney, who teaches computer science and serves as Academic Technology Coordinator at Lincoln Academy. “We got to see the world’s largest 3D printer, learn about efforts to design enormous off-shore wind turbines, and see the wave pool that is used to test projects in real-world wind and wave conditions.”

LA junior Filip Diakonowitz went on the trip. He said, “we saw many really cool inventions by UMaine students. We got to hold a 3D-printed car part to compare with a real one made from metal. It was surprising how much heavier the metal part was. I was shocked how strong some materials are even though they weigh so little!”

“I took the UMaine trip on a whim because I had never visited the campus before, said junior Scott Petersen. “I was truly impressed by the array of facilities and programs that UMaine offers to their engineering students. Between the world’s largest 3D printer, a small-scale paper mill, and all kinds of cool robots, engineering students have all kinds of opportunities to allow their careers to flourish.”

According to Cheney, one of the highlights of the trip was visiting with LA alumni who attend UMO. “They told us all about their experience, including general education requirements, how to keep the peace with roommates, and ways to manage your time so that you’re successful in school and have an active social life. We were surprised to learn about the hundreds of scholarships available to students to help fund their education, and were really impressed to learn about the new $75 million dollar engineering facility that will be open in the fall of 2023.”

According to Cheney, the University of Maine at Orono is investing heavily in their engineering programs to help meet the demand for engineers in Maine and New England. “They are offering great opportunities for research and internships for undergraduates and have many programs for high school students to participate too! We hope that this visit helped LA students see that they don’t need to leave Maine to access world-class education and job opportunities.”

LA alumni met current students and staff during their January 31 tour of the University of Maine Engineering program. They included: Casey Bellefleur (studying physics and botany), Jon Pinkham (civil engineering), Basel White (biomechanical engineering), Tommy Thelander (psychology), and Ian Stapp (mechanical engineering).