- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 14, 2015

ORONO, Maine (AP) - The White House has lauded the founder of the University of Maine’s composite center for his work in transportation.

Habib Dagher is the founding director of UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center. The Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/1RFYWLp ) reports he was recognized on Tuesday as a 2015 White House Transportation Champion of Change.

Dagher is the primary inventor of the composite arch bridge system known as the “Bridge-in-a-Backpack” and the architect of the university’s off-shore wind project, VolturnUS.

Dagher is named on 24 patents, with eight more pending. He has been at the University of Maine for 30 years.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com

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