Eben Lenfest, of Smithfield, is one of 10 undergraduates who have been named to the 2019 Outstanding Graduating Students at the University of Maine, Orono, according to a news release from UMaine.

Eben Lenfest Photo courtesy of UMaine

Lenfest, a student in the College of Engineering, is a mechanical engineering major with minors in robotics and ocean and marine engineering.

He is an Eagle Scout and a recipient of the E. James and Eileen Ferland Engineering Excellence Scholarship.

As a student research assistant at UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center, Lenfest worked on a project to test the feasibility and effectiveness of applying a new NASA-developed structural damping technology to the university’s VolturnUS floating offshore wind turbine platform. He also interned at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center to learn more about the mechanics of the technology.

Most recently, Lenfest has worked with a doctoral student to test a scale model wind turbine with active pitch control to better simulate real-world performance.

Lenfest plays French horn in the UMaine Symphonic Band and University Orchestra, and has been involved in Black Bear Robotics, and the SCUBA and Maine Outing clubs.

As a UMaine graduate student in mechanical engineering, he will continue his work in developing active pitch controls and will spend his summers at the U.S. Department of Energy National Wind Technology Center in Colorado.

The Outstanding Graduating Students will be honored May 11 at UMaine’s 217th commencement in Harold Alfond Sports.


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