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Paul Sclavounos

Contact Info

room 5-320

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

77 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139


  • 1977


  • 1981



Research Interests

Marine hydrodynamics

Stochastic control

Offshore wind energy

Wave energy

Machine Learning


Honors + Awards

  • First prize in national mathematics competition 1972
  • Georg Weinblum Memorial Lecturer 2010-2011
  • Keynote Lecturer OMAE 2013 Conference
  • Invited Speaker Offshore Korea Conference 2016
  • Keynote Speaker AVANGRID 2018 Innovation Forum Yale School of Management
  • Keynote Lecturer 1st International Offshore Wind Technical Conference 2018
  • Invited Speaker Greek Shipping Summit "2020: The Wind of Change in Global Shipping" Eugenides Foundation 2019 
  • Invited Speaker MIT Portugal Conference "The Atlantic as a Platform for Science and Technological Impact" Azores 2019
  • Invited Speaker HELMEPA Conference "The Road to Decarbonization: Is IMO Target Possible by 2050?" Posidonia 2020
  • Invited Speaker MIT Energy Initiative Low-Carbon Energy Center Member Webinar on "Offshore Wind Energy" May 2020


  • Member, Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME)
  • Associate Editor of Applied Ocean Research
  • Associate Editor of Journal of Ship Research
  • Associate Editor of Journal of Engineering Mathematics
  • Advisory Board Journal of Ocean Engineering and Marine Energy

Professional Service

  • Member of the Board of North American Committee of Det Norske Veritas (DNV) (1997- Present)
  • US Navy DDX Theory Advisory Panel (2006-present)
  • Member of Scientific Advisory Committee of Norwegian Research Centre for Offshore Wind Technology (NOWITECH) (2009-present)

MIT Service

  • 2004-present Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, MIT
  • 1993-2004 Professor of Naval Architecture, MIT
  • 1985-1993 Associate Professor of Naval Architecture, MIT
  • 1981-1985 Assistant Professor of Naval Architecture, MIT


  • Hydrodynamics (2.016)
  • Hydrofoils and Propellers (2.23)
  • Ocean Wave Interaction with Ships and Offshore Energy Systems (2.24)
  • Advanced Fluid Mechanics (2.25)
  • Naval Architecture (2.701)


  • Ma, Y. and Sclavounos, P. D. (2020). Support Vector Machine Model of the Nonlinear Hydrodynamics of Fixed Cylinders. Working Paper.
  • Ma, Y., Larson, D. F. and Sclavounos, P. D. (2020). Support Vector Machine Learning Model of Nonlinear Viscous Ship Roll Hydrodynamics. 33rd Symposium on Naval Hydrodynamics, October 18-23, Osaka, Japan.
  • Sclavounos, P., Mazarakis, N. and Katsanos, N. (2020). Flettner Rotor Sails for Ship Propulsion. Naftikachronika Magazine, English Edition, March 2020 Issue.
  • Zhang, Y. and Sclavounos, P. D. (2019). Nonlinear Wave Loads on Offshore Wind Turbines: Extreme Statistics and Fatigue. 38th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, OMAE 2019, June 9-14, Glasgow, Scotland.
  • Ma, Y., Sclavounos, P. D., Cross-Whiter, J. and Arora, D. (2018). Wave Forecast and its Application to the Optimal Control of Offshore Floating Wind Turbine for Load Mitigation. Renewable Energy, Vol. 128, Part A, pp. 163-176.
  • Sclavounos, P. D., Larson, D. F. H. and Ma, Y. (2018). Ship Stability in a Seastate by the State-Space Fokker-Plank Method. 32nd Symposium of Naval Hydrodynamics, August 5-10, Hamburg, Germany.
  • Sclavounos, P. D. and Ma, E. (2018). Artificial Intelligence Machine Learning in Marine Hydrodynamics. 37th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, OMAE 2018, June 17-22, Madrid, Spain.
  • Sclavounos, P. D. and Ma, E. (2018). Wave Energy Conversion using Machine Learning Forecasts and Model Predictive Control. 33rd International Workshop on Water Waves and Floating Bodies. April 4-7, Brest, France.
  • Sclavounos, P. D., Zhang, Y., Ma, E. Y. and Larson, D. (2017). “Offshore Wind Turbine Nonlinear Wave Loads and Their Statistics”. Proceedings of the ASME 35th Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, OMAE 2017, June 25-30, Trondheim, Norway. Expanded version published in Journal of Offshore Mechanics Ocean and Arctic Engineering, 2019, 141(3).
  • Sclavounos, P. D. (2016). Nonlinear Loads on a Vertical Cylinder in Irregular Waves. 31st International Workshop on Water Waves and Floating Bodies. April 3-6, 2016, Plymouth, Michigan.
  • Godine, K.-Y. Chan, Sclavounos, P. D., Jonkman, J. and Hayman, G. (2015). Computations of Nonlinear Hydrodynamic Loads on Offshore Wind Turbines by Fluid Impulse Theory. Proceedings of the ASME 34th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, OMAE 2015, May 31-June 5, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.
  • Sclavounos, P. D. (2012). Karhunen-Loeve Representation of Stochastic Ocean Waves. Proceedings of the Royal Society A, Vol. 468, pp. 2574-2594.
  • Sclavounos, P. D. and Lee, S. (2012). A Fluid Impulse Nonlinear Theory of Ship Motions and Sea Loads. 29th Symposium on Naval Hydrodynamics, Gothenburg, Sweden, August 26-31. Published in International Shipbuilding Progress (2013), Vol. 60, pp. 555-577.
  • Sclavounos, P. D. (2012). Nonlinear Impulse of Ocean Waves on Floating Bodies. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 697, pp. 316-335.
  • Tsouroukdissian, A. R., Fisas, A., Pratts, P. (ALSTOM) and Sclavounos, P. D. (MIT) (2011). Floating Offshore Wind Turbines: Concept Analysis. American Wind Energy Association WINDPOWER 2011 Conference and Exhibition, Anaheim CA, May 22-25.
  • Sclavounos, P. D. (2010). Modeling, Pricing and Risk Management of Assets and Derivatives in Energy and Shipping. Chapter in Encyclopedia of Financial Models. Edited by Frank Fabozzi.  Wiley & Sons Inc.
  • Sclavounos, P. D. (2010). A Fluid Impulse Theory for the Nonlinear Loads, Responses and Stability of Ships and Floating Structures in Steep Random Waves. Technical Report. Laboratory for Ship and Platform Flows. Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Sclavounos, P. D., Lee, S., DiPietro, J. (MIT), Potenza, G., Caramuscio, P. and De Michele G. (ENEL) (2010). Floating Offshore Wind Turbines: Tension Leg Platform and Taught Leg Buoy Concepts Supporting 3-5 MW Wind Turbines. European Wind Energy Conference EWEC 2010, Warsaw, Poland, April 20-23.
  • Sclavounos, P. D. and Ellefsen, P. E. (2009). Multi-Factor Model of Correlated Commodity-Forward Curves for Crude Oil and Shipping Markets. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Working paper. Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR).
  • Sclavounos, P. D., Tracy, C. and Lee, S. (2008).  Floating Offshore Wind Turbines: Responses in a Seastate, Pareto Optimal Designs and Economic Assessment. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering Conference OMAE 2008, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Sclavounos, P. D., Thomas, B. S. and Ulusoy, T. (2006). Optimal Ship Maneuvering and Seakeeping by Linear Quadratic Gaussian (LQG) Controllers. 26th Naval Hydrodynamics Conference, Rome, Italy, September 17 - 22.
  • Thomas, B. S. and Sclavounos, P. D. (2006). Optimal Control Theory Applied to Ship Maneuvering in Restricted Waters. To appear in Readings in Marine Hydrodynamics, Volume to be Published in Honor of Professor J. Nicholas Newman. Paul D. Sclavounos, Editor.
  • Sclavounos, P. D. (2006). Interesections between Marine Hydrodynamics and Optimal Control Theory. 21st International Workshop on Water Waves and Floating Bodies, Loughborough, England, April 2006.
  • Chatzakis, I. and Sclavounos, P. D. (2006). Active Motion Control of High-Speed Hydrofoil Vessels by State-Space Methods. Journal of Ship Research, March 2006.
  • Wayman, E. N. and Sclavounos, P. D. (MIT), Butterfield, S., Jonkman, J. and Musial, W. (NREL) (2006). Coupled Dynamic Modeling of Floating Wind Turbine Systems. Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), Houston, Texas, May 1-4, 2006.
  • Sclavounos, P. D. and Wayman, E. N. (MIT), Butterfield, S., Jonkman, J. and Musial, W. (NREL) (2006). Floating Wind Turbine Concepts. European Wind Energy Association Conference (EWAC), Athens, Greece, 27 February - 2 March, 2006.
  • Jonkman, J. and Sclavounos, P. D. (2006). Development of Fully Coupled Aeroelastic and Hydrodynamic Models for Offshore Wind Turbines. AIAA Conference, Reno, Nevada, January 2006.
  • Sclavounos, P. D. (2005). Nonlinear Particle Kinematics of Ocean Waves. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 540, pp. 133-142.
  • Lee, K., Sclavounos, P. D. and Wayman, E. N. (2005). Floating Wind Turbines. 20th Workshop on Water Waves and Floating Bodies - Spitsbergen , Norway - May 29 to June 1, 2005.
  • Withee, J. E. and Sclavounos, P. D. (2004). Fully Coupled Dynamic Analysis of a Floating Wind Turbine System. 8th World Renewable Energy Congress, DenverColorado .