Foster Center for Student Innovation

Grill it or Win it!

Clear your calendar for an exciting Sunday evening! Grill it or Win it kicks off on September 13th, and you're invited to take part in the festivities. The Foster Center for Student Innovation is hosting a cookout and drawing for a GoPro and Beats Pill! Come one, come all, and enjoy a plate of food. This could be your chance to win!


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Innovation Engineering at the Hutchinson Center

Innovation Engineering - now offered at the Hutchinson Center!

This four course certificate in Innovation Engineering at the Hutchinson Center is open to all students and professionals seeking to build practical skills in innovation. The courses are taught in a convenient blended learning format that mixes in person and online work to minimize the amount of time required in the classroom without losing the benefit of working directly with your peers and the instructor. Whether you desire to be an entrepreneur or work within an established company or organization, Innovation Engineering provides you with the tools and confidence to be an innovator in any field. Innovation Engineering enables professionals to thrive in the new reality of faster innovation, increased competition, rapidly changing technology and digitally savvy employees and customers.

Spring 2016
This course immerses you in ways to think faster, smarter, and more creatively. It’s a structured system of skills that will help you create hundreds of fresh ideas and solve problems in any field, organization, or situation.

Dates for in person meetings: January 23, February 20, March 26 and April 16

Summer 2016
This course teaches you to use writing as a system for thinking more deeply about your ideas. You will discover how to connect through words with the person whose problem you’re solving. Learn how to explain, clearly and engagingly, what your idea is and why others should care about it.


Summer 2016
This course engages you in making ideas real—you will learn how to develop you ideas faster, and to evaluate where it makes sense to invest time and money. You will learn how to use math as a system for thinking more deeply about an idea—how to estimate costs, forecast sales, and improve efficiency. You’ll also learn the basics of protecting your intellectual property with a provisional patent.

Dates: Saturdays, TBD

Fall 2016
This course brings the skills and processes from the first three courses together and adds methods for understanding how organizations can implement them. After completing this course you will be able to lead innovation in real-world situations: in business or nonprofit organizations, or in any group context.

Dates: Saturdays, TBD


Registration for Spring 2016 classes through the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast is now open through January 19.  To meet with an Academic Advisor or to register, call the UMaine Hutchinson Center at 338-8000 or toll-free at 800-753-9044.  Generous need based scholarships are available to Hutchinson Center students.

Undergraduate tuition and fee information for Fall 2015-Spring 2016 available here.

Engineers Without Borders Traveling to Developing Country in Attempt to Improve Water Security in Region

University of Maine on July 30, 2014 by Elyse Kahl


Members of the University of Maine student group Engineers Without Borders will travel to Ecuador for two weeks in August on an assessment trip they hope will open the door to a long-term project to improve water security in the region.

From Aug. 16–28, six UMaine students and two mentors will stay in La “Y” de La Laguna in the coastal rain forest of Ecuador. La “Y,” which means the “Y” or a fork in the road, is a 300-person community that is struggling with an insufficient supply of drinking water.

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Maine companies infused with innovation all summer long

UMaine Foster Center for Student Innovation on June 23, 2014 by Jennifer Hooper

There were long days.  It was intense.  But they say it was worth it. 

Who?   Fifty-two college students accepted into the 2014 Blackstone Accelerates GrowthFellows program. Each student has a link to Maine, either by attending a Maine institution of higher education or by being a Maine resident attending college elsewhere.  The students come from diverse backgrounds; they are as varied as their majors, which range from mechanical engineering, marketing, and marine science to MBA candidates and Economics grad students.  Some of them are international students.

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Cupcake, get your Steampunk On – Thick and Thin Designs

Steamed! on December 31, 2013 by maevealpin

I shake John Carney and then Christine Carney’s hands. “Happy New Year and welcome aboard Airship Steamed. Watch your step,” I call as I stretch my short legs in a leap across the wide gap between the dock and the airship. John and Christine, the owners of Thick and Thin Designs, follow me into the parlor.

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From Maine to Ghana, former UMaine football player shares passion for teaching children

Bangor Daily News on February 01, 2014 by Pete Warner, Photo Credit to Nana-Ama Kyeremeh

Former University of Maine football player and master

ORONO, Maine — College student-athletes too often are celebrated only for their accomplishments on the field.

Roosevelt Boone enjoyed his share of success on the University of Maine football team. Yet the athletic scholarship only opened the doors to what the school has to offer for someone with passion and persistence.

The charismatic young man from Washington, D.C. has utilized the programs, faculty and staff members at UMaine, along with his own initiative, to serve less fortunate youngsters from Maine to Africa.

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Orono incubator amasses innovative companies

By Lori Valigra in the August 16, 2013 Edition of the Mainebiz

photo-8At first glance, the Target Technology Incubator in Orono looks like any other modest, one-story building in an industrial park. But within its white and grey clapboard siding, startup companies are developing ceramic water filters, composite bridges, high-temperature wireless sensors, odor-control paper and a mobile application for sports goalies, innovations that might one day drive economic development in the Bangor area and root Maine's young entrepreneurs to build new companies here.

Early successes are evident. Take Emma Wilson, 21, a rising senior at the University of Maine in Orono, who fully expected she would have to leave the state to get a good job after graduating next May. Then she discovered the Innovate for Maine program, which opened the door to a paid summer internship with Zeomatrix LLC, a Target Technology Incubator tenant that is developing value-added, odor-control paper products.

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