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Located on the University of Maine Campus the Innovative Media, Research and Commercialization Center (IMRC Center), at Stewart Commons,  is a 15,000+ square foot facility provides comfortable, state of the art prototyping facilities, audio and video production spaces, a resource library, performance and installation spaces, classrooms, and offices. IMRC is outfitted with a variety of tools and equipment, including a full shop, 3D printers and 3D scanner, computer controlled machine tools, a cutting and engraving laser, plastic vacuum former, large format printers, a range of design and production software, electronics workbenches, video and still cameras, audio recording and mixing equipment, and a variety of tools for supporting interactive environments and installations. Opened in 2013 the IMRC Center is a hub for learning, creating and producing and is the most recent of the portfolio of the University of Maine’s facilities that support innovation and economic development. The IMRC Center is supported by a range of expert instructors and a community of collaborators to help you problem-solve and achieve your vision, and it has everything necessary for you to research, invent, create, and innovate!

Goals / Core Programs of IMRC

Image of the IMRC Center entrance
Image of the IMRC Center entrance

The IMRC enter was funded by a Maine Technical Asset Fund competitive bond from the Maine Technology Institute, the University of Maine, and the Intermedia MFA Program. The goal of the IMRC Center is to re-envision creative teaching/ learning/ research models with an aim to resituate creative practice within larger knowledge-making practices and expand its impact and range. To do this the building is designed to support the creation of a diverse collaborative ecology of experimental research and pedagogy. Linking new media and innovative problem solving with science and technology. The aim of this work is to learn by doing and making, centered on hands-on projects with a practical concern for outcomes and engagements. 

Key aspects of the programming associated with IMRC will focus on:

  • The creation of innovative content design and delivery (in both traditional and digital media).
  • The development of visually educated, culturally attuned work force and future creative and business leaders with a broad knowledge base in a range of media and design technologies.
  • The further establishment of a culture of research and development in new media, intermedia, information technologies and creative industries in the State of Maine.

Partners of the IMRC Center include:

The Department of New Media

The Innovative Communication Design Graduate Certificate Program

The Foster Student Innovation Center

The Intermedia MFA Program

 Maine Technology Institute

The Department of Communication and Journalism