Center for Ocean Engineering

Prospective Students

Want to be OE?

If you’re looking for a career in Ocean Engineering, MIT is the place to be. If you are looking to be challenged by world renowned professors, to team up with the best and the brightest, and to mingle with top industry experts, you’ve come to the right place!

MIT isn’t just a great academic environment, it’s fun too, especially if you love the ocean as much as we do. Consider our location in beautiful Boston, Massachusetts. We’re a block away from the Charles River and right on the Atlantic Ocean. Many of our students enjoy sailing, scuba diving, and the variety of water sports that New England has to offer. There are numerous student groups, work opportunities, and courses that give students first hand experience working in the Atlantic.

So, if you love the ocean and you’re interested in combining a firm foundation in mechanical engineering with a specialization in ocean engineering, consider MIT. The Ocean Engineering program includes engineering aspects of the ocean sciences, ocean exploration and utilization of the oceans for transportation, defense, and extracting resources. Theory, experiment and computation of ocean systems and flows are covered in a number of courses, complementing a rigorous mechanical engineering program; a hands-on capstone design class allows you to master the design of advanced marine systems, including autonomous underwater vehicles and smart sensors.

This curriculum has been accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology in both mechanical engineering and ocean engineering.

Why Ocean Engineering?

Earth, our blue planet, is dominated by its oceans. The sea can supply food, oil and gas, minerals, and the ocean vitally affects our climate. Come and become a key player in ocean exploration, exploitation and preservation, as new technologies allow swarms of robots to explore the deepest parts of the ocean, and new materials allow the construction of permanent underwater observatories.

Read the MechE feature story Center for Ocean Engineering: Anchors Away to learn more about ocean engineering at MIT.

What is Ocean Engineering?

  • Complex Marine Systems
  • Vehicles and Platforms
  • Mechanics
  • Design
  • Ocean Environment
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Acoustics
  • Sensing and Control Sensors
  • Signal Processing Control

Jobs and Careers in Ocean Engineering

Graduates have exciting opportunities in the offshore and oceanographic industry, the Navy or government, or further study in graduate school. Examples include creating advanced robots and sensors for underwater vehicles, or designing new ultra-deep platforms for oil and gas extraction, new naval ships and coast protection systems, and high speed ships and vehicles—including sail boats.

MIT is a Unique Place to Study Ocean Engineering

Novel systems are under development to explore the oceans, such as multiple interacting autonomous vehicles, systems for high-speed underwater communication and vision, new biomimetic vehicles emulating the abilities of fish. Undergraduate and graduate students are an integral part in this effort.

You can shape the future at MIT!

Each year, we have several graduate Research Assistantships for exciting work in Ocean Engineering. Undergraduate students can be involved in research through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program. And the Joint MIT/WHOI Program offers opportunities to participate in ocean expeditions.

Who to Contact at MIT

Send inquiries to:

Center for Ocean Engineering
MIT Room 5-212
77 Masssachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 253-3708