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  • Society of Wood Science and Technology Student Poster Competition 2nd Place awarded to Yucheng Peng, Ph.D. in Forest Resources and Graduate Research Assistant, for his poster "Characterizing dried Cellulose nanofibrils. August 2012
  • Society of Wood Science and Technology Fellow Award to Doug Gardner, Professor of Wood Science and Technology, for his significant contributions to the wood science and technology profession, August 2012.
  • Society of Plastics Engineers Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition Graduate Scholarship Award to Alper Kiziltas, Ph.D. student in Forest Resources and Graduate Research Assistant, to support his research developing new composite materials for use in the automotive industry, August 2012.
  • Society of Wood Science and Technology, George Marra Award, to William Davids, Stephen M. Shaler and their co-authors R. Lagana and L. Muszynski for their paper “Moment-Curvature Analysis of Coupled Bending and Mechano-sorptive Response of Red Spruce Beams,” Wood and Fiber Science, 2011, 43(3): 280-292.
  • 2012 G. Peirce and Florence Pitts Webber Outstanding Researcher in Forest Resources Award, awarded to Dr. Doug Gardner.
  • Challenge Grant Contest, Honorable Mention, to Esra Erbas Kiziltas, for her research proposal "Synthesis of Bacterial Cellulose in The Presence of Different Nanoscale Particulates for Reinforced Nanocomposites," April 2012
  • Challenge Grant Contest, Honorable Mention, to Alper Kiziltas, for his research proposal "Utilization of Carpet Waste as Matrix in Natural Filler-Filled Engineering Thermoplastic Composites for Automotive Applications," April 2012
  • Society of Plastic Engineers, Honorable Mention, to Yucheng Peng, PhD student, for his poster presentation "Polyamide 6 reinforced by cellulosic micro-/nano-fibers", March 2012
  • Society of Plastic Engineers, Honorable Mention, to Esra Erbas Kizlitas, PhD student, for her poster presentation "Preparation and Characterization of Transparent Pmma-Based Nanocomposites Enhanced with Different Cellulose Nanofibrils" March 2012
  • Catherine Lebowitz Award for Public Service, to Habib Dagher, from the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce, Jan 19, 2012.
  • OceanEnergy Education Pioneer, to DeepCwind Education and Outreach Team, from OceanEnergy 2011, June 15, 2011. 
  • The Maine Chapter of The Construction Specifications Institute Award for Innovative Uses of Construction Materials to the Advanced Structures and Composites Center, June 7, 2011. 
  • Jerry Saeman Award for Student Achievement in Wood Plastic Composites Research, to Yucheng Peng, PhD student, for his poster presentation "Development of a scalable manufacturing process to dry cellulose nanofibril suspensions and characterization of the resulting nanofibrils" at the 11th International Wood and Biofiber Plastic Composites Conference, May 2011.
  • Society of Plastic Engineers, Honorable Mention, Challenge Grant Contest, to Yucheng Peng, PhD student, for his research proposal "Cellulose Nanofibrils Reinforced Polyamide 6 Composites," May 2011. 
  • Society of Plastic Engineers, Honorable Mention, Challenge Grant Contest, to Alper Kiziltas, PhD student, for his research proposal "Carrier Systems for Cellulose nanofibrils in Polymer Composites," May 2011. 
  • University of Maine Undergraduate Research and Academic Showcase, 3rd place exhibit award, to Peter Drown and Rachael Joyce, undergraduate student aides,  April 2011. 
  • University of Maine Undergraduate Research and Academic Showcase, 2nd place poster award, to Madeline Peek, AEWC undergraduate student aide, April 2011. 
  • American Society of Civil Engineers Pankow Award for Innovation, presented to the Advanced Structures and Composites Center for its development of Bridge-in-a-Backpack, March 31, 2011 
  • Society of Plastic Engineers, Honorable Mention, to Alper Kiziltas, PhD student, for his poster "Functionalized carrier systems for cellulose nanofibrils designed for polypropylene composites," presented at the Society's Polymer Nanocomposites Conference, March 7-9, 2011, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA.
  • Society of Plastic Engineers, Honorable Mention, to Yucheng Peng, PhD student, for his poster "Hybrid silicate-inorganic wood composites," presented at the Society's Polymer Nanocomposites Conference, March 7-9, 2011, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA.
  • Society of Wood Science and Technology, 2nd place George Marra Award, to Douglas J. Gardner and co-authors N.P.K. Nielsen, T. Poulsen, and C. Felby, for their paper "Importance of Temperature, Moisture Content, and Species of the Conversion Process of Wood Residues into Fuel Pellets," presented at the Society's 53rd Annual Convention, Geneva, Switzerland, Oct 11-15, 2010.
  • Healthy Air Leadership Award to the Advanced Structures and Composites Center, awarded by the American Lung Association in Maine, Oct 15, 2010.
  • Society of Wood Science and Technology 2nd place in student poster competition to Alper Kiziltas, graduate student, for his poster "Development of a Carrier System for Cellulose Nanofibrils in Polymer Composites," at the Society's 53rd Annual Convention Geneva, Switzerland, Oct 11-15, 2010.
  • Stillwater Presidential Award for exceptional contributions to the University of Maine, to Habib Dagher, Oct 1, 2010.
  • JEC Composites Innovation Award, finalist, to the Advanced Structures and Composite Center's  Bridge-in-a-Backpack™, April 2010.
  • Society of Plastics Engineers, Poster Award, to graduate student Yucheng Peng, March 2010. 
  • American Composites Manufacturers Association, Infinite Possibilities Award to HC Beam, February 2010. 
  • American Composites Manufacturers Association, Most Creative Product Award to the Advanced Structures and Composites Center's Bridge-in-a-Backpack™February 2010.
  • Maine Development Foundation, Gold Star Award, for successful progress toward achievement of Maine's R&D expenditures benchmark, September 2009. 
  • B.E.S.T. (bright, energetic, skilled, trail blazer) Award presented to Habib Dagher, Director, from Composites Manufacturing Magazine, September 2009. 
  • Ocean Energy Academic Pioneer Award, June 17, 2009, awarded at the OceanEnergy 2009 Conference. 
  • American Composites Manufacturers Association, Most Creative Product to the Advanced Structures and Composites Center's blast resistant panels, January 16, 2009.
  • American Composites Manufacturers Association, Best Technical Paper, Green Composites Category, at ACMA's annual conference, January 16, 2009, to Danial Alvarez, graduate student, Habib Dagher, Director, civil engineering associate professors Roberto Lopez-Anido and William Davids, and professor of wood science and technology Douglas Gardner for their paper Behavior of Natural-Fiber/Thermoplastic Sheet Piling.
  • Named Champion for Economic Development, Sept 18, 2008, by the Maine Development Foundation.
  • Society of Wood Science & Technology first prize in poster presentations to Gloria Oporto, graduate student, for her poster "Production and testing of wood plastic composites manufactured from hot water extracted wood," SWST 51st Annual Convention, Concepcion, Chile, Nov 10-11, 2008.
  • 2008 Forest Products Society L.J. Markwardt Award to Doug Gardner, Steve Shaler, for their paper "Evaluation of Load Transfer in the Cellulosic-Fiber/Polymer Interphase Using a Micro-Raman Tensile Test" ( co-authors William Tze, Shane O’Neill, Carl Tripp), presented at 62nd Forest Products Society International Convention, June 23, 2008.
  • SAMPE 08 Conference, First Place for Outstanding Paper to Rodrigo Silva-Munoz, graduate student, and Roberto Lopez-Anido, faculty, for their paper "Monitoring of Marine Grade Composite Doubler-Plate Joists Using Embedded Fiber Optic Strain Sensors," May 21, 2008.
  • Society of Plastics Engineers, First Prize for an outstanding poster at Polymer Nanocomposites 2008 to graduate students, Alper Kiziltas and Jason Stevens for their poster "Mechanical properties of thermoplastic polymer nanocomposite filled with cellulose crystals, " March 5, 2008.
  • American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) People’s Choice Award for exhibiting the highest degree of design, innovation, creativity and the best use of composite materials  to Modular Ballistic Protection System. Oct 15, 2007.
  • American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) Best of Show Award, recognized as the highest composites industry award, for being the year’s finest product, to Modular Ballistic Protection System. Oct 15, 2007.
  • America’s Best Timber Bridges Award of Merit to the Milbridge Pier, designed by the Advanced Structures and Composites Center. This award program highlights the elegance, strength, economy and historical role of timber bridges. September 2005. 
  • 2004 Markwardt Wood Engineering Award for the most outstanding research paper in the field of wood as an engineering material presented June 29, 2004 to Stephen Shaler, Associate Director, for his paper "Mechanical Properties of Individual Southern Pine Fibers. Part I. Determination and Variability of Stress-Strain Curves With Respect to Tree Height and Juvenility," published in Wood and Fiber Science with co-authors L. Groom and L. Mott.
  • New England Board of Higher Education State Merit Award, Habib Dagher for excellence in higher education, February 27,2004
  • Presidential Research and Creative Achievement Award, Habib Dagher, from the University of Maine President, Robert Kennedy, 2003
  • 2003 from Mainebiz to Habib Dagher for being a successful Maine Leader shaping the state's future and making a difference in its economy.
  • Governor’s Award for Accomplishment in Maine’s Natural Resource-Based Industry presented November 17, 2003 to the Advanced Structures and Composites Center for leadership in developing sustainable uses of Maine’s natural resources.
  • Mara Award First Place for excellence in writing and research from the Society for Wood Science and Technology to Research Associate L. Muszynski, L.F. Wang, and Assistant Director S. M. Shaler for their paper "Short Term creep tests on phenol-resorcinol-formaldehyde(PRF) resin undergoing moisture content changes," 2003.
  • 2002 National Timber Bridge Award of Merit in the category of Rehabilitation of an Existing Bridge by APA – The Engineered Wood Association, American Institute for Timber Construction, USDA Forest Service, Federal Highway Administration, American Wood Preservers Institute and Roads and Bridges Magazine for replacement of an aging bridge utilizing new FRP reinforced glulam bridge deck on the Skidmore Bridge located in Union, Maine.
  • 2002 National Timber Bridge First Place Award in the category of Rehabilitation of an Existing Bridge by APA – The Engineered Wood Association, American Institute for Timber Construction, USDA Forest Service, Federal Highway Administration, American Wood Preservers Institute and Roads and Bridges Magazine for rehabilitation of the historic Tohickon  Aqueduct with FRP glulam trusses.
  • 2002 Award for Composites Excellence in the Market Expansion category from the Composites Fabricators Association for development of FRP Composite Drain for Highway Bridge Decks which exhibits the potential to produce the greatest ongoing impact to open and expand markets for composite fabricators.
  • 1st Prize, Society of Wood Science and Technology Poster Competition, Wood Adhesives 2000 Conference, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, June 2000, to Shane O'Neill, AEWC Laboratory Engineering Specialist, entitled "Effect of Various Chemical Additives on VOC Emissions from Southern Pine Flakeboard."
 
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