UMaine forest resources alum featured in Portland Press Herald

Nadir Yildirim, who earned a Ph.D. in forest resources at the University of Maine, was featured in a Portland Press Herald column about his entrepreneurial spirit and his company, Revolution Research Inc. “We would like to show that we can produce from the trees smart products, futurist materials. Because people have newer needs,” said Yildirim, who spends at least 60 hours per week shuttling between his leased office space at UMaine’s School of Forest Resources and UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center. There, he and UMaine engineering senior William West produce and test prototypes of revolutionary products from trees. Revolution Research Inc. recently earned yet another award, this one from the Environmental Protection Agency, to develop green ceiling tiles. Steve Shaler, director of the School of Forest Resources, said in his 30 years of being a professor, he’s never before encountered someone like Yildirim. “He’s not a run-of-the-mill guy,” Shaler said.