The new facilities and state-of-the-art equipment in the IMRC Center, which also houses the MFA Graduate studios, strengthens students’ ability to pursue their research and creative activities, as well as to work in collaboration with business and industry throughout Maine. The Center’s general aim is to develop a new ‘culture’ of innovation and creativity for the state of Maine by establishing needed technical facilities for continued and new training, research, development; supporting faculty collaborative research and development initiatives; and enhancing Maine’s capacity to compete for external funds related to technological development by providing faculty support through access to needed research facilities. The Center includes over 4000 square foot of graduate Lab/studio space as well as a visiting artist/researcher’s studio, a large prototyping and physical production facility (electronics lab, CNC machines, 3D printing, laser cutters and the like) two high end video editing facilities, a new recording and editing studio for music and sound art, two large installations and black box spaces and well a state-of -the-art seminar room, and two high end digital classrooms.
The nature and level of the facilities and equipment in the labs of the IMRC Center were selected to meet the current technology levels and requirements needed to support cutting-edge faculty research and supporting technological experimentation, advancement and production. Providing access to high-end resources will give faculty and Students a competitive advantage of cutting-edge technology, and enable Maine to become a leader of R, D, & C of innovation in the information and creative economies.