The Oceanic Mastermind
Dr. Stephen Wood oversees the ocean engineering program in the Department of Marine and Environmental Systems. He has worked as a marine research specialist at the University of Rhode Island and many other places throughout the world.
Learn more about Dr. Wood in his Florida Tech Faculty Profile.
F.W. Olin Engineering Complex
Olin Engineering, a three-story building, holds a 142-seat multimedia auditorium as well as 26 specialized research teaching laboratories. This is the academic hub to the university's renowned College of Engineering.
Check it out in Florida Tech's virtual tour!
Ocean Engineering, one of the top programs in the nation
There are many reasons why Florida Tech is the perfect ocean engineering university for you. First, the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET accredits Florida Tech's ocean engineering program. In addition, Florida Tech is listed among the Fiske Guide's "Engineering/Top Technical Institutes" and Parade Magazine's College A-List in Engineering.
Another obvious advantage to studying ocean engineering at Florida Tech is the university's proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and frequent access to its marine environment–something that not every ocean engineering university can offer.
100% of Our Professors Hold Doctoral Degrees in the Field
Another benefit to choosing Florida Tech as your ocean engineering university is being able to work alongside top ocean, civil, electrical and mechanical engineers, as well as renowned oceanographers, meteorologists and environmental scientists, virtually all of whom conduct research.
Our faculty is a big reason why we are considered a top ocean engineering university. Many professors are also registered Professional Engineers, and are active researchers that encourage eligible students to join the research teams in the department. They teach all the classes offered in the program and are always available to students for advising.
Personalized Learning – Small Class Sizes
Because Florida Tech has an intimate learning environment with small class sizes and low faculty-to-student ratios, students develop active working relationships with professors and are often hired to assist their professor in research work. The faculty also works closely with other professors in oceanography and environmental science, which gives students an opportunity to conduct research in these fields - something usually not found at another ocean engineering university.
Ocean engineering at Florida Tech is hands-on, field and laboratory intensive, and seagoing. Senior students also participate in faculty-led research projects that have included topics in ocean energy, beach erosion, sediment transport and design of high-speed small-craft.
Laboratory Facilities An Ocean Engineer Wishes For
Facilities are important to any ocean engineering university, and Florida Tech doesn't disappoint. In addition the shared ocean science labs, ocean engineers have access to laboratories for fluid mechanics, wave dynamics, underwater technology, corrosion and biofouling, instrumentation, materials and electronics.
There is also a fleet of small craft for shallow-water testing, and the MV Thunderforce, a utility and research vessel, is chartered for larger projects. Students also have access to machine and welding shops, fiberglass fabrication facilities, and materials testing rooms.
Students interested in underwater vehicles have access to two, multimillion-dollar Bluefin Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, certainly making Florida Tech a unique ocean engineering university.
Florida Tech's Backyard ... a Habitat Perfect for Ocean Engineers
In terms of location, the average ocean engineering university simply cannot compete with Florida Tech. The ocean right is in our backyard, just minutes away. The Atlantic Coast boasts 72 miles of beaches and many opportunities for outdoor activities, either for research purposes or just for fun. What's more, the most diverse estuary in North America, the Indian River Lagoon, is also nearby and the Florida Keys and the Everglades are a few hours' drive.
The local area also provides students with a wide range of sporting, shopping and entertainment activities, including Kennedy Space Center and Orlando tourist attractions.