The faculty in the Department of Ocean Engineering pursue an active research program in the areas of Coastal and Ocean Engineering. This research program is supported by two major research centers (the Offshore Technology Research Center and the Center for Dredging Studies) and three significant laboratories (the Haynes Coastal Engineering Laboratory, the Ocean Engineering Wave Tank and the Hydromechanics Laboratory) as well as by significant computational resources.

Areas of current active research include:

  • Dredging
  • Dynamics of Offshore structures subject to irregular waves and winds
  • Tsunami modeling
  • Analysis and design of deep water and coastal structures
  • Bridge scour
  • Coastal zone management
  • Dredging technology
  • Floating breakwaters
  • Internal waves
  • Multiphase flow and direct ocean carbon sequestration
  • Offshore structures
  • Sediment dynamics
  • Tsunami propagation and run-up
  • Underwater life support and diving technology
  • Wave and current interaction
  • Subsea Systems
  • Mooring and riser systems
  • Coastal Sediment Processes
  • Dredged material placement
  • Beach nourishment
  • Coastal engineering processes
  • Computational ship and submarine hydrodynamics
  • Environmental fluid mechanics
  • Hydroelasticity
  • Laboratory measurement and analysis techniques
  • Non-linear wave/structure/wake interactions
  • Remote sensing of ocean surface
  • Shallow flows
  • Turbulence modeling
  • Unsteady three-dimensional Navier-Stokes equations
  • Wave breaking
  • Renewable Ocean Energy

Offshore Technology Research Center

Center for Dredging Studies

Wave Laboratory

Electrical/Electronics Laboratory

Naval Architecture

Materials Laboratory

Geotechnical Lab

Fluids Mechanics Laboratory