Engineering to the Department of Ocean Engineering. There are currently about 15 undergraduate students enrolled in the department. The undergraduate ocean engineering degree program is based on the concept that engineering education at that level should focus on the design of complex systems, integrating the propulsion, structural, or control, and many other concerns within the system configuration and on determining these elements with full understanding of the operational environment.
The graduate program at MIT is augmented by about 30 U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard officers who are enrolled in the Naval Construction and Engineering Course (XIII-A). The department offers graduate studies in the fields of ocean engineering and naval architecture and marine engineering and awards master of science degrees in both. In addition, the department offers a Marine Environmental Systems program that leads to the degree of Master of Engineering in Ocean Engineering. Also available are the professional degrees of Ocean Engineer and Naval Engineer and doctoral degree programs (Sc.D. or Ph.D.). The naval construction and engineering program for Naval officers, Course XIII-A, leads to the Naval Engineer professional degree or the Master of Science degree, or both, when those seeking the Master of Science degree complete additional course work and a thesis acceptable for both. The ocean systems management program for students with solid engineering backgrounds who are interested in the business and management aspects of ocean engineering systems and activities leads to both Master of Science and doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in ocean systems management. There is also a joint MIT-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution program, part of a larger joint applied ocean science and engineering program that involves the application of physics and the engineering sciences to the study of oceanic processes and the design of instruments, systems, and structures required to observe, measure, and work in the oceans. A total of about 40 graduate degrees have been awarded in each of the last several years. The Department of Ocean Engineering at MIT currently has a faculty of 22 professors with specialties in the fields of public policy and law, hydrodynamics, dynamics, acoustics (including Arctic acoustics), ship and ocean systems, power systems, computer-aided design, ocean management, structural mechanics, and materials and fabrication techniques.
The research program at MIT is similarly diverse and extensive. ONR sponsors research in almost every subject area of interest to the faculty members and a dozen full-time research engineers. The Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), NSF and several consortia from industry are the other principal sponsors of research at MIT. NOAA's National Sea Grant College Program also sponsors research at MIT. Hydrodynamics is the predominant category of various research efforts, many of which are fundamental research involving vorticity control, vortex dynamics, free-surface turbulence, and similar areas, but ship resistance and means for propulsion, ship motions and wave-induced loading, as well as the loading and the response of offshore structures, are also studied. Other