UMaine Composites Center to receive ‘Innovator of the Year’ award

The Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the University of Maine has been selected by the Maine International Trade Center to receive the “Innovator of the Year” award. Center personnel include School of Forest Resources faculty Doug Gardner, Mehdi Tajvidi, and Stephen Shaler.

The 2017 International Trade and Investment Awards will be presented May 25 during Maine International Trade Day at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The company winners of this year’s awards have all made a commitment to growing their business in Europe, according to an MITC news release.

The “Innovator of the Year” award is given to a company or organization in Maine that has accessed international markets through new and innovative processes or products, the release states.

“It’s a great honor for the UMaine Advanced Structures and Composites Center to be recognized for working with more than 500 international and national companies, including more than 150 Maine companies, to develop new products, reach new markets, and expand their international reach. This award truly goes to our world-leading students, faculty, and staff for their incredible work, as well as the more than 2,000 students who have worked at our lab since opening in 2000,” said Habib Dagher, executive director of the UMaine Composites Center.

More information, including the full MITC news release, is online.