Ocean Engineering

Sheets Building, 15 Receiving Road, Narragansett, RI 02882 USA

– 401.874.6139

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Ocean Engineering

Our department is one of only a handful of ocean engineering programs in the United States. We offer special expertise in ocean robotics and instrumentation, underwater acoustics, waves and coastal processes, marine geomechanics, ocean structures and offshore renewable energy.

Our location on picturesque Narragansett Bay offers a living laboratory for student learning. Our 100-foot-long wave tank, acoustics tank and research vessel further complement an experience found nowhere else.

We invite you to explore our website and learn more about why studying at the Ocean State’s flagship university will prepare you to shape the world in which we live.

Department Spotlights


Robotic choppers to monitor macroalgal blooms

Professor Stephen Licht and his colleagues recently won a $133,057 grant to study algae blooms using robotic helicopters.



Searching for MH370

Professor Bud Vincent speaks with CNN about the difficulties of using an underwater vehicle to search for missing airliner MH370.


Black Box

Listening for Pings

During the search for Flight 370, ocean engineering Professor Jim Miller shows CNN the difficulty in finding an airplane’s black box.


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