College of Science, Technology, and Health

Electrical Engineering Capabilities

Solar:

Solar power is being applied in many new and innovative ways.  USM researchers have established a solar test lab capable of evaluating the performance of various solar devices.   The laboratory contains the needed equipment to design, fabricate and test both organic and silicon-based photovoltaic solar cells and end products.  Work is now underway at USM to develop new uses for organic solar materials by capitalizing on their unique properties.  Recent funded research projects have included fabrication of silicon based cells with 8 inch wafer technology and polymer-based photovoltaic textiles for the US Army.

Key Equipment

  • Solar Simulator
  • I/V Curve Tracer
  • 3D Printer
  • Multi-Physics computer analysis
  • Various fabrication tools and instruments

MEMS:

Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems, or MEMS, is a technology that in its most general form can be defined as miniaturized mechanical and electro-mechanical devices and structures.  These devices can include motors, accelerometers, sensors and many others.  USM researchers are active in the development of these devices.

Key Equipment

  • Vacuum coating
  • Spin Coating
  • UV curing
  • Computer-based layout and design tools
  • High magnetic field generator
  • Ovens

Microelectronics:

The USM microelectronics lab is outfitted for both teaching and research purposes.  Full design, layout, fabrication and testing capabilities are in place.  Since Microelectronics and MEMS are based upon similar technologies, many of the same tools are used.

Key Equipment

  • Vacuum coating
  • Spin Coating
  • UV curing
  • Computer-based layout and design tools
  • High magnetic field generator
  • Ovens

 

Electro-Mechanical Testing:

Most products consist of both electrical and mechanical technologies integrated together into a functional and useful device.  Thorough engineering, fabrication and testing of these products requires more than simple mechanical or electrical testing.  Such products must be evaluated as a system requiring capabilities in both electrical and mechanical engineering.  USM researchers and collaborators are highly trained in both electrical and mechanical engineering with years of experience as innovators in their fields.

Key Equipment

  • Computer-based engineering (CAE) tools
  • Computer Aided Design and machining (CAD/CAM) tools
  • Materials testing lab
  • Fluid flow testing lab
  • Electromechanical systems lab
  • Robotics (with Adept and ABB robots)
  • Computer Numerical Control machining
  • Automation development

USM Engineering Research Funding Sources:

  • National Science Foundation
  • Maine Space Grant Consortium
  • NASA
  • US Army
  • National Semiconductor
  • Fairchild Semiconductor
  • MOSIS
  • Maine Technology Institute





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