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Chryssostomos Chryssostomidis

Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering
Henry L. Doherty Professor in Ocean Science and Engineering

Room E38-330A
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge MA 02139-4307
Phone: 617-253-7131  
Fax: 617-258-0000  


Ph.D. in Ship Systems Analysis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1970
S.M. in Naval Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1968
S.M. in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1967
B.Sc. in Naval Architecture, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne University, UK, 1965


MIT Service:

1982-Present Professor of Ocean Engineering, MIT
1994-2002 Department Head, Department of Ocean Engineering
1981-82, 1994 Acting Department Head, Department of Ocean Engineering
1970-1982 Associate & Assistant Professor of Naval Architecture, MIT


Other Related Experience:

Research Cruises:
Nisyros Expedition, Greece, Chief Scientist, June 2001
Baratti Expedition, Italy, MIT AUV Lab Team Leader, August 2001
Argentario Expedition, Italy, MIT AUV Lab, Chief Scientist, July 2002
Kythira Expedition, Greece, MIT AUV Lab, Co-Chief Scientist, June 2004
Selected Graduate Students and Post Doctoral Advisees:
Paul Erb, British Petroleum
Prof. Michael S. Triantafyllou, MIT
Gail Baxter, Marathon Oil
Prof. Nicholas M. Patrikalakis, MIT
Myron Fedak, Exxon
Prof. Michael Bernitsas, University of Michigan
Prof. George Triantafyllou, National Technical University of Athens
Dr. Bradley Moran, Draper Laboratory
Jerome Vaganay, Bluefin Robotics


Consulting, patents, etc.:

Metals Extraction from Sea Water, U.S. Pat. 4, 293, 527, 1981, w/ D.T. Morgan and G.J. LaRue
Lorentz Acoustic Transmitter for Underwater Communications, 2006, w/ D. Sura, G. Karniadakis, C. Jaskolski and R. Kimball (pending)


Professional Registration:

Registered Professional Engineer, Commonwealth of Mass.


Principal Publications (last two years:)

  1. "Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Design for Surveying the Deep Ocean Floor." (poster) 3rd International Symposium on Deep-Sea Corals, November 28th December 2nd 2005, Miami, FL. K. McLetchie, F. Hover, J. Morash, V. Polidoro, C. Chryssostomidis

  2. "Affordable Deep Ocean Exploration with a Hovering Autonomous Underwater Vehicle." 2nd International Conference on Informaticsin Control, Automation and Robotics (ICINCO) 2005, Barcelona, Spain. V. Polidoro, S. Desset, C. Chryssostomidis, F. Hover, J. Morash, R. Damus

  3. "Adapting a Survey-Class AUV for High Resolution Seafloor Imaging." 14th International Symposium on Unmanned Unmetered Submersible Technology (UUST) 2005, Durham, NH. J. Morash, R. Damus, S. Desset, V. Polidoro, C. Chryssostomidis

  4. “Sensitivity Analysis and Low-Dimensional Stochastic Modeling of Shipboard Shipboard Integrated Power Systems.” IEEE 39thPower Electronics Specialists Conference, June 15-19, 2008. Prempraneerach, M.S. Triantafyllou, C. Chryssostomidis, and G.E. Karniadakis

  5. “Gradient-Free Stochastic Sensitivity Analysis of the Shipboard Power System.” International Simulation Multi-Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, June 16-19, 2008. Prempraneerach, M.S. Triantafyllou, C. Chryssostomidis, and G.E. Karniadakis

  6. "Stochastic modeling of integrated power system coupled to hydrodynamics in the all-electric ship," International Symposium on Power Electronics, Electrical Drives, Automation and Motion, June 2008,  Prempraneerach, C. Chryssostomidis, M.S. Triantafyllou, and G.E. Karniadakis 


Scientific & Professional Societies:

Royal Institute of Naval Architects, England (Member)
Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers, USA (Fellow)


Honors & Awards:

The Captain Joseph H. Linnard Prize, 1978, Best paper contributed to the proceedings of the Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers
NAVSEA Research Professor, 1985-1987
School of Engineering Professor of Teaching Innovation, 1991-1993


Institutional and Professional Service (last five years):

Director of the MIT Sea Grant College Program
Director of the Design Laboratory
Head of the MIT Sea Grant Autonomous Underwater Vehicles laboratory


Professional development activities in the last five years:

Research, supported by:
Office of Naval Research
National Science Foundation
Naval Sea Systems Command
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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