Wave Energy Patent

Check out this video of a Florida Tech ocean engineering student explaining his senior design project, in which he designed, invented and patented different wave energy harvesting devices!

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Florida Tech faculty and students are involved in cutting-edge research, in a wide variety of disciplines.

Check out all of the projects in the Research Portal that make Florida Tech a world-class research institution!

Master’s of Science in Ocean Engineering

Ocean engineers study the world’s ocean environment using engineering expertise to analyze its effects on vessels and structures. They are involved in deep-sea exploration and projects such as designing and operating platforms or sub-surface vehicles.

A master’s in ocean engineering from Florida Tech provides students a multidisciplinary, hands-on program oriented toward the needs of industry. With emphasis on basic engineering sciences, design and modern engineering tools and methods, its one of the only graduate programs that offers training in ocean engineering, naval architecture, oceanography, meteorology, environmental science and coastal management.

Through hands-on fieldwork, students apply their understanding of civil, mechanical, electrical and computer engineering to design and build solutions for complex marine environments. 

World Class Faculty

Master’s in ocean engineering students benefit from the vast experience Florida Tech professors bring to the classroom. With expertise in a variety of areas including materials, composites, anti-biofouling, corrosion control, underwater and surface vehicles and ocean energy, the faculty is on the cutting-edge of their fields. Small class sizes allow professors to provide one-on-one mentoring in collaborative learning and research experiences using the latest body of knowledge to prepare students for employment.

Ocean Engineering at Florida Tech

Florida Tech’s unique community offers students seeking a master’s in ocean engineering access to numerous environment-oriented private companies, as well as the 45th Weather Squadron of the United States Air Force, NASA Kennedy Space Center, Hubbs Sea World Research Institute, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, the Marine Resources Council, and the National Weather Service.  Students meet and interact with professionals from these organizations who often guide students through projects, provide internships and work at Florida Tech as adjunct faculty. This makes for a special educational opportunity.

Research Opportunities

Research is an integral part of every degree program at Florida Tech, enhancing classroom learning. Graduate programs like the master’s in ocean engineering offer students the flexibility of choosing research that best aligns with their career goals. Professors guide students to take advantage of Florida Tech’s location for unique research opportunities. Here, students get out in the environment and get wet. Some of the most popular research topics among students in the master’s in ocean engineering program are autonomous underwater and surface vehicles, wave riders and coastal engineering.

Specialized Labs

High-tech marine and environmental systems laboratories provide instrumentation designed for specialized experiments and analysis for students in the master’s in ocean engineering program including a structures laboratory and a fluid mechanics laboratory. In addition, students have access to Florida Tech’s Institute of Marine Research, Ralph S. Evinrude Marine Operations Center, Vero Beach Marine Laboratory and a fleet of small crafts (pontoon boat, jet ski, Boston whaler, Carolina Skiff) for accessing research sites.

Careers

Whether students want to help design the next battleship, build an alternative energy system, protect the coastlines from the ocean's forces in a hurricane, or reduce the energy consumption of ships cruising the oceans, a master’s in ocean engineering from Florida Tech puts students in the perfect environment to prepare for a future career. Employment opportunities are available in private industry, contracting and government agencies.