Department of Ocean Engineering

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The bachelor’s degree program in Ocean Engineering at Galveston has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, With ABET accreditation, students, parents, employers and the society we serve can be confident that a program meets the quality standards that produce graduates prepared to enter a global workforce.

Accreditation: College Station

Department Head's Statement

In fall 2015, Texas A&M University launched the Department of Ocean Engineering (OCEN), by combining two related programs existing at Texas A&M: Ocean Engineering in College Station and Offshore and Coastal Systems Engineering in Galveston.  This merger brings together the world-class infrastructure and resources of the very large engineering campus at College Station with the strategic waterfront location and unique resources at Galveston.

These are exciting and challenging times for the field of ocean engineering. While some of the more classical ocean engineering disciplines are maturing into tested-technology, new areas of interest in deepwater offshore technology, renewable energy, air-sea interaction engineering, coastal and ocean environmental protection and preservation are rejuvenating the field.

The evolving challenges and opportunities call for continuous evolution of the student experience including in-class engineering instruction such as laboratory and field-based instruction in addition to a large research portfolio that includes fundamental research, advanced numerical modeling, and field-based engineering research. Our most important asset at the new department is the talented and dedicated faculty who have served many generations of Aggie Ocean Engineers under each of the two programs.

We look forward to strengthening our relationship with industry leaders and Aggie alumni in oil and gas and offshore companies. Our new department will fully leverage proximity and familiarity with industry to build an industry-relevant curriculum and forward-looking fundamental research portfolio. Houston-based industry will aid student internship opportunities, topics for fundamental research and close university-industry research partnerships.

The OCEN department has access to several world-class technology centers at Texas A&M: AeroSpace Technology, Research & Operations (ASTRO) Center (Director: Greg Chamitoff), Geochemical and Environmental Research Group (GERG) (Director: Tony Knapp), Center for Autonomous Vehicles and Sensor Systems (CANVASS) (Director: John Valasek) and the Center for Geospatial Sciences, Application and Technology (Director: Michael Bishop).

Texas A&M Galveston campus offers unique field-testing facilities such as direct access to the coast, and waterfront operations with a variety of boats ranging in length from 14 to 224 feet readily available for field-based instruction and research.

We expect our department to play a critical role in the development, protection and preservation of the Gulf of Mexico.

We, the faculty of the OCEN department, look forward to an exciting future serving the state of Texas and the field of ocean engineering. We invite you to join us and become a part of this exciting journey.

Mission Statement

Texas A&M University at Galveston is a special purpose institution engaged in teaching, research, and public service pertaining to the general field of marine resources.  Within this context, the goal of the department is to prepare students for performing engineering work and advanced study in the offshore and coastal realm.  Opportunities for such work abound in the vicinity of the university, which is located just south of the fourth largest metropolis in the U.S.  The Houston/Galveston area is regarded as the international focus of the oil industry.  As this industry ventures into ever-increasing water depths, it presents a wide array of engineering challenges.  Similarly, the exposure of its coastline to the extremely energetic climatic regime of the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the impacts of a high level of urbanization and industrialization in the area, call for novel sustainable engineering approaches to deal with widespread coastal erosion and various environmental issues.  Finally, the extensive port facilities in Galveston and Houston and the recreational and ship traffic on navigable waterways, afford opportunities to design and maintain a variety of associated engineered structures.

Program Educational Objectives

The undergraduate ocean engineering program (Galveston) within the Department of Ocean Engineering at Texas A&M University will produce graduates with:

  • sufficient knowledge of fundamental scientific principles and computational techniques for application to offshore or coastal engineering situations;
  • ability to analyze, model, and solve complex problems in marine structural engineering and hydrodynamics;
  • ability to design comprehensively either offshore or coastal systems or components with realistic constraints in a team setting;
  • ability to effectively present design/project reports or other technical material to clients or other expert or non-expert audiences;
  • an appreciation of the socioeconomic, geopolitical, ethical, and environmental issues that surround engineering in the oceans and the coastal zone;
  • an appreciation for the value of advanced study or professional development.

Student Outcomes

Students graduating from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in ocean engineering will have:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  • an ability to communicate effectively;
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues;
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.