The University of Maine stepped onto the national stage Thursday during a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing on the resiliency of the country’s transportation system.

Habib Dagher, executive director of UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center and director of Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center, appeared before the Senate’s Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee at the invitation of U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine.

He was one of four transportation and infrastructure experts offering testimony on how to protect the nation’s transportation infrastructure in the face of climate change.

Dagher’s focus was on new building techniques and materials in development, under his leadership, to extend the life of critical public works and make them more durable and sustainable, using low-cost, high-performance structural composites for construction.  

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