ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The UMaine Advanced Structures Composites Center has received a prestigious national engineering award.
The American Society for Civil Engineering awarded the composites center the Pancow Award for it's "Bridge in a Backpack."
This innovative technology consists of inflatable tubes that can fit into a backpack. Those tubes can be inflated, formed into arches, and filled with resin. When the resin hardens--you have the framework to build a bridge.
"We try to really elevate the game, focus on excellence and get the best students available to work on these projects," said Larry Parent, the Assistant Director of operations for the composites center.
Advanced Infrastructure Technologies, an Orono company which commercialized the technology also received an award for collaborating with the composites center. Maine DOT was also recognized.