Our Ocean Engineering 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 why studying at the Ocean State’s flagship university will prepare you to shape the world in which we live.
Junior Karla Haiat is headed to California for a prestigious summer internship at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute to create a robot that mimics the behavior of the giant larvacean.
Harold “Bud” Vincent, associate professor of ocean engineering at URI, is working with researchers from eight other institutions to develop a system of sensors that will measure for chemicals which are rich food sources for potentially harmful algae and phytoplankton.
URI Ocean Engineering Professor Jim Miller was a guest on WCAI to talk about how the acoustics of offshore wind turbines affect marine life. His interview can be heard from 6:55-19:30 on the recording of the show.
Brian Skeels, who received his master’s degree in ocean engineering from the University of Rhode Island in 1979, will receive the Distinguished Achievement Award for Individuals at the Offshore Technology Conference.
Brennan Phillips, URI assistant professor of ocean engineering, led an expedition to the underwater mountains around the Galapagos Islands in 2015. Read about their unexpected discovery, which was published in the journal Scientific Reports.