Wood, Stephen

Ocean Engineering Program Chair
Marine and Environmental Systems

Educational Background

BS University of Rhode Island 1983
MS University of Miami, Florida 1987
Ph.D Oregon State University 1995

Recognition & Awards

Professional Engineer

Professional Experience

Dr. Wood was educated as a mechanical engineer with specialization in mechanical engineering design. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Mechanical Engineering (PE #58815).

After completing his master’s degree in ocean engineering at the University of Miami RSMAS, where he developed an “Architecture of an Expert System for Oceanographic Mooring Design,” he worked as a Marine Research Specialist III at the University of Rhode Island in physical oceanography. At URI he facilitated in the deployment and retrieval of deep-sea moorings, and processed inverted echo sounder, current meter, pressure and acoustic-Doppler data.

He also worked for Hewlett Packard at the Palo Alto research laboratories where he investigated the plastic injection molding process throughout the HP Corporation for a future plastic injection-molding adviser.

Additionally, Dr. Wood lead a group for 3 years that programed the robotic software for Automatic Wet Processing Tools at Steag MicroTech in Pliezhausen, Germany.

Dr. Wood teaches Hydroacoustics, Ocean Engineering Design, Ocean Engineering System Design, Computer Applications in Ocean Engineering, Fluid Mechanics, and Underwater Robotics.

Current Research

• Bluefin AUV configuration and deployment in coastal areas of Florida

• Collaboration with SebaiCMET Inc. and Clean Green Enterprises Inc. to develop relaible, renewable ocean energy technologies to power Brevard County and other coastal communities throughout the world.

Selected Publications

Wood, Farrell, J., Wood, S., "An Automated Purge Valve for Marine Salvage," Oceans 2009, Bremen Germany, May 11 - 14, 2009.

Wood, S.L., Autonomous Underwater Gliders, Intelligent Underwater Vehicles, I-Tech Education and Publishing Kirchengasse 43/3, Vienna, Austria, EU, 2009.

Wood, S.L., Autonomous Self-Mooring Vehicle - Characterization of a lagoon environment using a portable autonomous self-mooring vehicle, Sea Technology, Volume 50, No. 1, January 2009.

Maul, G.A., C. G. Messing, J. K. Reed, R. G. Gilmore, L. Harris, S. Jachec, K. Johnson, S. Wood, G. Zarillo, 2008. Project 3: Central East Florida Shelf Array. Florida COOS Consortium Contract, Report No. RM078 (USF No. 47 10 1074) to Florida DEP. 31 pp., 2008.

Waldmann, C.; Richter, L.; Wood, S., Deep Sea Crawlers for scientific Applications an Overview about the State-of-the-Art, EGU General Assembly, 2007-A-11248; GI3-1TU3O-006, Vienna 2007.

Wood, S.L., Rees, M., Pfeiffer, Z., "An Autonomous Self-Mooring Vehicle for Littoral & Coastal Observations," Oceans 2007, Aberdeen Scotland, June 18 - 21, 2007.

Wood, S.L., Allan, T., Kuhn, S., Caldwell, J., "The Development of an Autonomous Underwater Powered Glider for Deep-Sea Biological, Chemical and Physical Oceanography," Oceans 2007, Aberdeen Scotland, June 18 - 21, 2007.

Wood, S.L., "Modular Amphibious Research Crawler - Characterization of the coastal environment using a portable remotely operated crawler," Sea Technology, Volume 47, No. 2, February 2006

Wood, S.L., Nulph, A., Howell, B.P., "Application of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles - Characterization of the Physical Environment for Development of Environment Based Navigation Systems," Sea Technology, Volume 45, No. 12, December 2004

Wood, S.L., "Robot Programming Languages - Robot Systems," Chapter in: The CRC Handbook of Mechanical Engineering, 2nd Edition 2004.

Howell, B.P., Wood, S.L., "Passive Sonar Recognition and Analysis Using Hybrid Neural Networks," OCEANS 2003. Proceedings, Volume: 4, 22-26 Sept. 2003, Pages: 1917 - 1924.

Frey, C.L., Wood, S.L., "Development of an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle for Sub-Ice Environmental Monitoring in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska", OCEANS 2003. Proceedings, Volume: 2, 22-26 Sept. 2003, Pages: 1161-1173.

Wood, S.L., 1996. Function Driven Design Selection of Plastic Injection Molding Features, ASME Design for Manufacturing Conference, DFM A W2, Los Angeles, CA.

Wood, S.L., 1996. Design Reasoning Using Plastic Injection Molding Primary Features, ASME Design for Manufacturing Conference, DFM M4, Los Angeles, CA.

Ullman, D.G., S.L. Wood and D. Craig, 1990. The Importance of Drawing in the Mechanical Design Process, Computer and Graphics, (14)2.

Wood, S.L., 1988. Architecture of an Expert System for Oceanographic Mooring Design, Presented at OMAE (Offshore Mechanics and Arctic International Conference), Houston, Texas.