Ferland Engineering Education Design Center

Case for Support


UMaine’s Comprehensive Campaign


IN 1872, ENGINEER BENJAMIN GOULD was the first graduate of the University of Maine. Since then, Maine engineers continue to hold important and influential positions in Maine’s economy and beyond.
The University of Maine College of Engineering has seen remarkable growth — 70% growth in undergraduates since 2001. As a result, our faculty and facilities have reached capacity. Starting in fall 2016, the college had no choice but to cap enrollment in its most popular programs.

“The Engineering Education and Design Center will transform engineering education at UMaine, fostering an even more collaborative community of learners, encompassing our students, faculty and alumni, employers, research institutes, business and industry partners, and academic collaborators across Maine and beyond. The creative solutions they will generate will improve our economy and enhance our lives in ways we have yet to imagine.” 

Joan Ferrini-Mundy
President, University of Maine

The next step for the college is to build infrastructure to serve the demand from incoming students and need from industry for our graduates. With a job placement rate approaching 99%, economic and labor statistics in Maine support this growth.

A key to our growth is the construction of the Engineering Education and Design Center, which will provide additional classrooms, laboratories and student work space. The team of WBRC and Ellenzweig is hard at work on the design. Thanks to the strong commitment of the state legislature and UMaine’s leadership, we have $50 million toward the estimated $80 million construction cost. The new Engineering Education and Design Center will be located in the heart of the current engineering district on campus, enabling maximum utilization.

This building represents Phase II of the college’s facilities plan. Phase I, completed in 2016, addressed critical safety and maintenance issues for current buildings.

Universities across the country are in a similar situation. In New England alone our peer institutions (public flagship universities) are currently investing nearly $1/2 billion in similar upgrades to their engineering capacity. UMaine and Maine are positioned to continue to be leaders in engineering. Your investment in our students and facilities will help secure that position.

Maine Statistics

  • Maine’s capacity to produce new engineers is drastically outpaced by the demand for engineers. Maine needs to nearly double production of engineering graduates to keep up with demand.
  • Maine has growth potential for engineers who have earned advanced degrees. Maine currently ranks 51st in the country in per capita production of engineering master’s degrees.
  • Maine’s aging population includes a large cohort of retiring engineers who will need to be replaced soon — 27% of Maine’s engineering workforce is age 55 or older.
  • Each engineer adds $600,000 to Maine’s GDP annually

“An investment in the University of Maine Engineering Education and Development Center is an investment in the future of Maine and the Maine economy. The new Engineering Center will provide the University of Maine with state of the art tools and the collaborative teaching space required to educate today’s generation of engineers. The EEDC will allow the University of Maine to attract the brightest high school students and provide Maine industry the opportunity to employ them here in Maine.”

Kevin McDonnell
Director of Engineering
Pratt & Whitney

Recent Engineering Successes

  • Bridge-In-A-Backpack™ spinoff company signs agreement with international firm
  • UMaine opens Alfond W² Ocean Engineering Lab
  • Mane Technology Institute funds development of high-temperature sensor
  • UMaine wireless leak detection system deployed on International Space Station
  • Cellulose nanofibrils production technology is now globally deployed with one domestic and two international sites

College of Engineering

The College of Engineering
is a UMaine Signature Area of Excellence

placement rate for UMaine engineering graduates

growth in engineering employment in Maine since 2006

engineering degrees granted in Maine are from UMaine

job postings for engineers in Maine 2019

average salary of an engineer working in Maine

projected number of replacement engineers needed in Maine in the next decade

“The move to EEDC in Fall of 2022 will bring the excitement and nerdy giddiness of starting my research lab all over in a state-of-the-art facility. The space will reflect the cutting-edge research I do.  Finally, there will be a space providing an awe-inspiring tour of biomedical engineering research for both young and old. This will serve as the beacon for biomedical engineering education and innovations in the state of Maine. With the keys to the new labs; we are embarking on a historical journey;  we are the pioneering stewards of biomedical engineering in Maine.”

Professor Karissa Tilbury
College of Engineering

EEDC Timeline

Jan ’18 Start design
April ’18 Building programming & site selection
May ’18 BOT approved expenditure of up to $9 million
Oct ’18 Schematic design & cost estimate
April ’19 Select construction manager
May ’19 Detailed design complete
Late ’19 Construction documents complete
Spring ’20 Demolition of existing MTL
Spring ’20 Break ground
Spring ’22 Cut ribbon