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


Making Waves in Ocean Technology

Relying on the expertise of URI ocean engineering graduates and faculty, Navatek is designing next-generation ships.


Bluefin AUV

Dive into autonomous subs

Engineering students from across disciplines are exploring the latest in autonomous underwater vehicle design with the help of a real manufacturer.


Sendai Airport

Root of disaster

Professor Stephan Grilli has found that a massive underwater landslide combined with a 9.0 earthquake was responsible for triggering the tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011 and killed more than 16,000 people.


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