P.D. Merrill Makerspace

The P.D. Merrill Makerspace is a fully-equipped laboratory for creating and building, turning ideas into reality, and developing solutions to real-world problems. That’s something that anyone can do. Whether you’re looking for inspiration, a creative outlet, research experience, or valuable career skills, the Makerspace has something to offer every student. Come join us!

What Can Students Do at the Makerspace?

You don’t need to be a technology buff or a business major to contribute at the P.D. Merrill Makerspace. In fact, Makerspace projects are stronger when the people who contribute come from a wide range of academic disciplines and have different interests.

That’s why we make a point of being accessible to all students regardless of program or major — reinforcing the UNE’s unique commitment to interdisciplinary and interprofessional teaching and learning.

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Get Inspired

Come to a workshop or event to have fun and learn something new.

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Get Creative

Develop your idea for solutions to real-world problems.

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Get involved

Join a team and be part of innovation challenges at UNE and beyond.

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Get Experience

Conduct research, invent something new, take your skills further.

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Get hired

Build skills that employers value and connect to mentors and careers.

Location and Hours

The P.D. Merrill Makerspace is located in the basement of Decary Hall. During the pandemic, the Makerspace is available by appointment for any project, personal or school-related!

Make an appointment

PD Merrill Charitable Trust

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. 

Learn about our partnership with the P.D. Merrill Trust 

Shaw Innovation Fellowship

The University of New England is proud to announce the Shaw Innovation Fellowship, a program made possible through the generosity of prominent business and social entrepreneur David Evans Shaw. The fellowship is designed to inspire creative confidence and design thinking in young innovators who are recruited from across UNE’s academic programs.

Five Senior Shaw Fellows will each receive $5,000 to lead an innovative project in their area of interest. A second group of fellows form the Shaw Innovation Team, in which each student will receive a stipend to collaborate on select capstone projects. Please note: all fellows have been selected for the 2021-2022 school year. 

The Shaw Innovation Program at UNE will supplement demand for education and research in the fields of entrepreneurship, science, technology, business, and leadership and will help build a network of student innovators across several New England universities.

Learn More About the Shaw Innovation Fellows


Maine Ideas Challenge

UNE’s Maine Ideas Challenge is an idea-stage innovation challenge that fosters the development of innovative and sustainable solutions to real-world social, environmental, and healthcare problems. 

Winners receive cash awards to help advance their ideas to the next level. You don’t need to be a business major or a technology buff to enter the challenge. All you need is an idea that you are passionate about or a desire to help out on a team. 

Everyone has something to contribute, and every contribution is valuable — we can help you find a team that matches up with your interests. 

Whether you’re an undergraduate, graduate, or online student, you can participate. Throughout the fall and spring semesters, we will offer workshops, seminars, and mentoring to help you develop your idea and prepare for the competition. 

The P.D. Merrill Charitable Trust has been supporting the Student Innovation Challenge since 2016, with grants to support expenses and provide prizes. 

Learn more about the Maine Ideas Challenge.


Justine Bassett

Justine Bassett named one of 2022’s Mainers of the Year by Maine Magazine

Sara Piehler and Olivia Hardy with their automatic water quality monitoring buoy

Student talent shines at UNE’s first Innovation Showcase

Ram Island clean-up

Students and faculty clean out home and shed on Ram Island to allow more access and use

Chris Barr at story slam

UNE hosts inaugural Health Care Story Slam

Professional Staff

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Director of Innovation
Director, P.D. Merrill Makerspace

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