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, wave 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.



Flooding Simulation of Rhode Island Coastline

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Drag Testing of Student Built Wind Farm Platforms


Deployment of a Wave Energy Harvesting Buoy

Department Spotlights


View our Robotics Engineering Minor

Any engineering major may declare a “Minor in Robotics Engineering” field of study. Requirements may be satisfied by completing 18 credit hours.



URI OCE IEP Student wins French Consulate in Boston Excellence Award

University of Rhode Island, Ocean Engineering and French International Exchange Program Senior, Arielle de Souza, has won the French Consulate in Boston Award.

Arielle spent a semester at the Universite de Technologie de Compiegne and then continued on with a six month internship in a French engineering company.  Upon her return to URI, she was selected as Student Ambassador for the French International Engineering Program and has been instrumental in advising fellow students in the program.  She will soon return to France to attend a Master’s program there.  Arielle has also been chosen as one of the 25 “young futurists” by the African-American focused news and culture website The Root.



URI Gets Grant for Coastal Storm Study

Thanks to a federal grant, University of Rhode Island ocean engineers and researchers in four other New England coastal states can continue to explore ways to protect shorelines.


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