Foster Center for Student Innovation

Innovate for Maine Fellows

Alden Porter

Portze Alden WEBHometown: South Portland, Maine
School:  Rochester Institute of Technology
Major: Economics & Math
What do you love about Maine? How friendly the people are

Alexandra Lynds

Lynds Alexandra webV2Hometown: Hermon, Maine
School: Bowdoin College
Major: Psychology and Anthropology
What do you love about Maine? I love the diverse and strikingly beautiful Maine landscape and the helpful friendly people that live here.
What’s something unexpected about you? I’m a coxswain for Bowdoin’s rowing team. This spring my boat won gold in our division at the New England Rowing Championships for our division.

Ana Leira - Jimenez

CeiraJimenez Ana WEBHometown: Plasencia, Caceres (Spain)
School:  University of Maine
Major: Second Language Acquisition
What do you love about Maine? Summers and Lobster

Austin Guyette

Guyette Austin WEBHometown: Eden Prairie, Minnesota
School:  Bates College
Major: Physics
What do you love about Maine? Lobster, Apple Cider, and the beautiful fall colors

Axl Wallingford

Wallingford Axl webV2Hometown: Tremont, Maine
School:
The University of Maine
Major:
Mechanical Engineering
What do you love about Maine?
The ocean. I love to sail.
What’s something unexpected about you?
I hold my master 100GT captain’s license.

Ben Brennan

Brennan Benjamin webV2Hometown: Freeport, Maine
School:
The University of Maine
Major:
Financial Economics and Business Finance, minor Innovation Engineering
What do you love about Maine?
The coastline is full of islands to explore by boat.
What’s something unexpected about you?
In 2010 I cofounded a non-profit to renovate a classroom and deliver resources to a school in Iganga, Uganda. The non-profit is called SONG, Sponsorship of New Grace.

Brice O’Connor

OConnor Bruce WEBHometown: Londonderry, New Hampshire
School:  University of Maine
Major: Business Finance
What do you love about Maine? It’s friendly family like communities

Brock Cassidy

Cassidy Brock WEBHometown: Presque Isle, Maine
School:  Bowdoin College
Major: Government and Economics
What do you love about Maine? The independent attitude and outdoor opportunities

Caitlin Smith

Smith Caitlin WEBHometown: Hampden, Maine
School:  University of Maine at Machias
Major: English
What do you love about Maine? I love the aesthetics of Maine; it’s absolutely beautiful. I also love the people. Maine is so hospitable and the people here are extremely friendly.

Chad Paradis

Paradis Chad webV2Hometown: Old Town, Maine
School: The University of Maine
Major: Computer Engineering
What do you love about Maine? The people of Maine have respect for one another regardless of background or hometown.

Derek Jones

Jones Derek webV2Hometown: Hampden, Maine
School: The University of Maine
Major: Masters of Business Administration
What do you love about Maine? I love the peace and tranquility.
What’s something unexpected about you? I have a cat named Teddy.

Elija Bates

Bates Elija WEBHometown: Winterport, Maine
School:  University of Maine
Major: Marine Science
What do you love about Maine? I love the nature and untouched landscape.  I’ve been to many other states and all too often you see developments everywhere and very little nature. Maine is unique in that respect.

Emma Wilson

Wilson Emma WEBHometown: Greenville, Maine
School:  University of Maine
Major: Management & Marketing with a concentration in International Business
What do you love about Maine? The friendly people and the feeling of community I get from living here.

Eric Plourde

Plourde Eric webV2Hometown: Gorham, Maine
School:
The University of Maine
Major:
Mechanical Engineering, minor in Innovation Engineering
What do you love about Maine?
I love the great Maine outdoors where I enjoy hunting, fishing, camping and hiking.
What’s something unexpected about you?
Before pursuing soccer ambitions, I won a national championship in archery.

Ethan Geheb

Geheb Ethan WEBHometown: Cumberland, Maine
School:  University of Maine
Major: Bio Engineering
What do you love about Maine? Beach fronts, mountains to hike and towns to explore…. Truly the way life should be.



James Gullbrand

Gullbrand James WEBHometown: Portland, Maine
School:  Northeastern University
Major: Business
What do you love about Maine? EVERYTHING! Especially the Lobstah and Chowdah! Yum!

Jeremy Niles

Niles Jeremy WEBHometown: Belfast, Maine
School: University of Southern Maine
Major: Business Administration with a focus in Entrepreneurship
What do you love about Maine? The beautiful people with can-do attitudes and the endless variations of scenery and weather.

Jimmy Adley

Adley James WEBHometown: Embden, Maine
School:  University of Southern Maine
Major: Technology Management
What do you love about Maine? I enjoy the quiet and peaceful landscape.

 

 

 

John Collette

Collette John webV2Hometown: Lewiston, Maine
School:
The University of Maine
Major:
Engineering Physics, concentration in Biological Engineering
What do you love about Maine?
The unique people and beautiful scenery. Coastal Maine is awesome, but I also love the woods and swamps.
What’s something unexpected about you?
I like to build! Couches, tree houses, everything you can think of. If you’ve got a project I’d like to help out.

John Wilson

Wilson John WEBHometown: Hampden, Maine
School:  University of North Carolina
Major: Business Administration
What do you love about Maine? How friendly the people are.

Jon Swavely

Swavely Jon WEBHometown: Reading, Pennsylvania
School:  University of Maine
Major: Business Finance
What do you love about Maine? It’s slower pace from what I’m used to. With its beautiful foliage, nature based tourism, and activity filled coast, it makes it a one of a kind place to be.

Jordan Nickerson

Nickerson Jordan WEBHometown: Brewer, Maine
School: University of Maine
Major: Psychology
What do you love about Maine? I love how quiet and beautiful it is…. Oh and whoopie pies!!

Katie Smith

Smith Katie WEBHometown: Gorham, Maine
School: University of Maine
Major: Business Management
What do you love about Maine? I love the simplicity, the people, and the untapped potential.

Kurt Eyerer

Eyerer Kurt webV2Hometown: Newburgh, Maine
School: Hamilton College
Major: Computer Science
What do you love about Maine? I love the woods of Maine
What’s something unexpected about you? I play rugby and help my father raise falcons.

Liam Swords

Swords Liam WEBHometown: Scarborough, Maine
School:  Mcgill University
Major: Political Science, Latin American & Caribbean Studies
What do you love about Maine? The variety of nature that one can experience: hiking in the forests and mountains, the ability to go to the beach.

Lindsay Heald

Heald Lindsay webV2Hometown: Litchfield, Maine
School: The University of Maine
Major:
New Media
What do you love about Maine?
I love the trees, beaches, the small town convenience stores, the city of Portland, and lobster rolls by the sea. The people, professors, and mentors and the University of Maine are great.
What’s something unexpected about you? My senior year I played Annie Oakley in the production Annie Get Your Gun.

Matt Cartmell

Cartmell Matt webV2Hometown: Freeport, Maine
School: The University of Maine
Major: Mechanical Engineering
What do you love about Maine? I love Maine’s outdoors.
What’s something unexpected about you? I have a commercial boating license.  

Michael Brown

Brown Michael WEBHometown: Old Town, Maine
School:  University of Maine
Major: Mechanical Engineering
What do you love about Maine? I love Maine’s diverse physical geography, natural beauty and the do-it-yourself physical attitude of the people that live here.

Michael Cochrane

Cochrane Michael WEBHometown: Waldo, Maine
School:  University of Maine
Major: Civil Engineering
What do you love about Maine? The outdoors and the people


Michael Lachance

Lachance Michael webV2Hometown: Manchester, Maine
School: Bowdoin College
Major:
Economics and Environmental Studies
What do you love about Maine?
I love the beautiful nature, the down-to-earth people, and the close knit communities.
What’s something unexpected about you?
While Maine has always been my home, I love to travel and see the rest of the world. I spent a semester in Poitiers, France and explored other parts of Europe. I’ve also volunteered in Cap Haitien, Haiti and look forward to more adventures after graduation.

Michael Lafond

LaFond Michael WEBHometown: Falmouth, Maine
School:  Emory University
Major: Sociology
What do you love about Maine? The isolation, natural beauty, and sense of community.

Noah Finberg

Finberg Noah WEBHometown: Portland, Maine
School:  Bowdoin College
Major: Economics & Government
What do you love about Maine? The pace of life.

Patrick Church

Church Patrick webV2Hometown: Lancaster, New Hampshire
School:
The University of Maine
Major:
Business, Communication
What do you love about Maine?
The people are friendly, the great outdoors is your backyard, and there are endless career and economic opportunities.
What’s something unexpected about you?
In a parallel life, I would undoubtedly be a military pilot.

Robert Mooney

Mooney Robert webV2Hometown: Durham, Maine
School: The University of Maine at Fort Kent
Major: Electronic Commerce
What do you love about Maine? Maine is a tight knit community.
What’s something unexpected about you? I play guitar, bass, piano and ukelele.

Rory McGuire

McGuire Rory WEBHometown: South China
School: University of Maine
Major: New Media
What do you love about Maine? Everything

Samuel Albert

Albert Samuel WEBHometown: Fort Kent, Maine
School:  University of Maine
Major: Marketing
What do you love about Maine? I enjoy the welcoming attitude of all the people.

Sarah Harrington

Harrington Sarah WEBHometown: Orono, Maine
School:  Northeastern University
Major: Music Industry
What do you love about Maine? Lots of things to do

Scott Alexander

Alexander Scott webV2Hometown: Brunswick, Maine
School:
WYO Tech in Laramie, Wyoming and The University of Maine
Major:
Electrical Engineering with minors in Music and Innovation Engineering. I also have an associates degree in Business.
What do you love about Maine?
I have traveled all over the United States, driving from Maine to California to Florida. I love the people of Maine and enjoy the season.
What’s something unexpected about you?
I have many interests and am extremely eclectic. I have restored antique cars and enjoy art and sketching. I love taking road trips and have driven through most of the country. Most people don’t know I have submitted a world record on a pinball machine I restored. I play trumpet and currently play drums in a trio. I enjoy being outside in the summer running, boating, driving, or biking.

Shawn Staples

Staples Shawn WEBHometown: Readfield, Maine
School:  University of Maine - Augusta
Major: Business Administration & Accounting
What do you love about Maine? I love the culture of Maine, and the potential that Maine has to make a giant impact in making innovation a way of life.

Timothy Blier

Blier Timothy WEBHometown: Bangor, Maine
School:  University of Maine
Major: Engineering Physics
What do you love about Maine? The people.