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P.D. Merrill Makerspace

Have an idea you want to kick around?

Stop by the Makerspace in Decary 44 for Tuesdays with Mike 10 a.m.–12 p.m., 1–3 p.m. or by appointment.

The P.D. Merrill Makerspace at the University of New England (UNE) is an innovative resource that serves as a laboratory for creation and building. The Makerspace opened in the Spring of 2016 within the Department of Business. Since that time, the Makerspace has been incorporated into numerous courses throughout the College of Arts and Sciences and Westbrook College of Health Professions. A unique feature of UNE’s Makerspace is its intentional accessibility to all students regardless of discipline — from business to marine sciences to occupational therapy to osteopathic medicine — reinforcing the University’s commitment to interdisciplinary and interprofessional teaching and learning. It is also a key resource for the annual Student Innovation Challenge, an idea-stage competition that encourages innovative and sustainable solutions to social, environmental, and health issues facing our society. The P.D. Merrill Charitable Trust has been supporting the Student Innovation Challenge since 2016, with grants to support expenses and provide prizes. Seeing firsthand the importance of the Makerspace to many of the student projects entered in the Challenge, the Merrill Trustees made a grant of $200,000 in 2018 to expand the space.

Makerspace Helps Students Get Maine Lighthouse Off the Grid

The continued success of the Makerspace over the past three years has led to a new gift from the P.D. Merrill Charitable Trust that will be used to help increase the capacity of the Makerspace to support students across the University with an interest in innovation and entrepreneurship. In this context, the Makerspace has moved to a unit within the Office of the Provost to better position it as a university-wide resource. We are currently conducting a national search for a founding director, and funds from the recent gift will be used to add professional staff, bring visiting innovators to UNE to share their expertise with students, establish a presence on UNE’s Portland campus, and continue the Student Innovation Challenge.

The Makerspace is located on the lower level of Decary Hall, room 44.


Jillian Robillard
Jillian Robillard (Marine Entrepreneurship, ’20) is a finalist on the "Greenlight Maine" Collegiate Challenge with her business Southern Maine Crabs, LLC and innovative product Green Bait.

Young businesswoman Jillian Robillard weathers a stormy senior year

March 27, 2020

Not many undergraduate students put their fields of study to use before graduating, but Jillian Robillard ( Marine Entrepreneurship , ’20) has found a way — and she is succeeding...

Left-to-right: Michael R. Sheldon, P.T., Ph.D. associate provost for Academic Affairs; Keith Reilly (Business, ’21), and Raja M
Left-to-right: Michael R. Sheldon, P.T., Ph.D. associate provost for Academic Affairs; Keith Reilly (Business, ’21); Raja Muthyam (Medical Biology, ’21); and Joshua W. Hamilton, Ph.D., Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Students Keith Reilly and Raja Muthyam advance to next round of ‘Greenlight Maine’

February 24, 2020

Keith Reilly ( Business , ’21), and Raja Muthyam ( Medical Biology , ’21) are the latest University of New England students to advance to the next round of the...

Student Innovation Challenge

UNE’s Student Innovation Challenge is an idea-stage competition that encourages innovative and sustainable solutions to social, environmental, and health issues facing our society. Winners receive cash awards to help advance their ideas to the next level. You don’t need to be a business major or have business experience to enter the challenge. What you do need is an idea that you believe in and are passionate about.

Whether you are an undergraduate, graduate or online student, you can enter. We encourage you to form transdisciplinary teams composed of undergraduate and graduate students. Throughout the fall and spring semester, we will offer workshops, seminars, and mentoring to help you develop your idea and prepare for the competition.

Learn about UNE's Innovation Challenge

In the Workshop Room and Prototyping Room


  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Cura
  • V Carve
  • CyberLink PowerDirector 16
  • PhotoDirector 9
  • Arduino IDE
  • Fusion 360
  • Many other applications


  • Roland CAMM-1 GS-24 Vinyl Cutter
  • Epilog Laser Helix 50 W 24" x 18"
  • Shopbot CNC router system
  • HP MFP M277dw printer/scanner
  • Lulzbot Taz 5 3D printer
  • Lulzbot Taz mini 3D printer
  • Flashforge 3D printer
  • Matter and Form 3D scanner
  • Tektronix TBS 1052B-EDU Oscilloscope
  • Weller soldering station
  • 3 Dell Laptops and Desktop
  • Huskey Tool Set
  • Tap and Die set
  • Milwaukee M18 cordless drill
  • Milwaukee M18 cordless jigsaw
  • Milwaukee M18 cordless 6 ½” circular saw
  • Milwaukee M18 cordless sander
  • Shopbot CNC router system
  • Dayton 17" drill press
  • Dayton 6" portable saw
  • Dayton 2 x 6" belt and disc sander
  • Dayton 16" variable scroll saw
  • Ridgid Portable vac
  • Arduino Educational Kits
  • Arduino and Raspberry Pi sensors, motors and electronic parts
  • Handtools: screwdrivers, wrenches, socket set, etc.

In the Design Lab


  • Alienware system software
  • Anaconda Environment
  • Python 3.6
  • Jupyter Notebook
  • R studio
  • Microsoft Visual Studio C ++
  • Unity 3d
  • Node Red for Windows
  • Arduino IDE
  • Agisoft PhotoScan photogrammetry
  • Microsoft Office
  • Mixed reality portal
  • IBM SPSs
  • ArcGIS
  • Adobe XD


  • Alienware Aurora R7 Intel i7 NVIDIA
  • GeForce GTX 1080
  • 4k 65" Displays
  • Samsung HMD Odyssey Windows Mixed Reality Headsets
  • The Standard Looking Glass desktop holographic display
  • Raspberry Pi Educational kits
  • LittleBits Educational kits

Professional Staff

Michael Esty

Michael Esty

B.S. Biology B.S computer Science AAS Electronic Technology

Makerspace Technical and Project Specialist