Stephen Von Vogt, managing director of the Maine Composites Alliance said:
“MCA/CERL sought this relationship with USM so that we could solve the problem of workforce development. Being at USM will allow us to teach students about material science, engage them in the technical problems that CERL is solving for industry, and then place them with the companies in Maine and New England that desperately need their assistance.”
The laboratory will be located in the Dubyak Center, established in October 2018 with a generous $1 million gift from current Chair and former President and CEO of WEX, Michael Dubyak. The multidisciplinary center emphasizes digital science, pathways with industry and innovation, including product design and entrepreneurship. Located on the Portland Campus, the center will include digital classrooms and ideation space, a Cybersecurity Cyber-range and Computer Science Research Center, and a prototyping manufacturing space in addition to the Composites Engineering Research Laboratory. Employers are invited to partner with the new state-of-the-art center to work directly with students, whom they ultimately hope to recruit for critical positions.
USM President Glenn Cummings said:
“USM’s exciting, new partnership with CERL is another terrific example of our commitment to meet the needs of Maine employers, while at the same time providing our students with real-world, hands-on experience. The equipment our students will be working with in the CERL research lab will help prepare them for a wide array of high-tech, in-demand jobs upon graduation.”
Jeremy Qualls, the dean of USM’s College of Science, Technology, and Health said:
“The inclusion of CERL into USM is a milestone and boon for all of Southern Maine. We are strategically advancing our technical and innovation capabilities to provide greater opportunities for both students and local industry.”
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