You’re Invited to join us on April 16 for a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the University of Rhode Island’s Ocean Engineering Department!
The Department of Ocean Engineering at URI was founded in 1966. After 50 years of achievements in scholarship, teaching and economic development, the Department is stronger than ever. Extramural research funding per capita is the highest in the College of Engineering. Our enrollment is almost 200 undergraduate and graduate students and growing. Our ABET-accredited undergraduate program is one of only eight in the United States. A number of successful marine science and technology firms have been spun off by faculty, staff and students. We have hired three new Assistant Professors since 2011 and are about to hire two new faculty in the areas of underwater acoustics and robotics.
Our featured speaker will be Professor Emeritus Malcolm Spaulding. Malcolm will provide an overview of the evolution of the Ocean Engineering program at URI since its inception in 1966, with a focus on the department’s growth, development, and evolution. Drawing on lessons from the past and the current education and research environment, challenges and opportunities for the program will be summarized. Strategies the department might employ to meet the educational and research needs in the field will conclude the talk.
We hope you can join us to celebrate 50 years of Ocean Engineering. The Department is encouraging existing students to attend and asking for donations to help defray the cost. Business casual attire is recommended.