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Keith Berube and
Student Engineers Making Connections
Development and implementation of a sensor-based systems
monitoring network for the Penobscot Narrows Bridge involved
University of Maine mechanical engineering Ph.D. student Keith Berube
and undergraduate mechanical engineering major Kate Wheeler. They
worked with engineering students Anthony Fessenden and Maurizio
Chiaramonte under the guidance of civil engineering professor Roberto
Berube and Wheeler were instrumental in making the bridge’s sensor
system operational, putting in long days to ensure that the project
was completed on time.
Berube, who also earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees at
UMaine, and worked for five years as a research engineer in the
Department of Mechanical Engineering, says the Penobscot Narrows
Bridge has been one of the most demanding and rewarding projects in
which he has been involved.
In addition to attaching load cells and soldering hundreds of
connections, Berube also designed a specialized egress box to allow
the Maine Department of Transportation to perform any required
maintenance at the support cable anchorage locations, without
compromising the corrosion protection or the sensor systems.