Operating in the ocean is demanding because of the hostile wave environment, extreme pressures, and the limited ability to sustain high data-rate communications. The ocean interior is under-sampled both temporally and spatially, and, as a result, forecasting the ocean environment is challenging.
Research Includes: Acoustics, instrumentation, sensing, marine robotics, and ocean predictions; hydrodynamics; structural mechanics and dynamics; and design, naval construction, and engineering.
PhD candidate Folkers E. Rojas researches how to mitigate the impact of a Blowout Preventer failure by using a continuous feed of an occluding medium into an uncontrolled well.
In class 2.C01, Professor George Barbastathis demonstrates how mechanical engineers can use their unique knowledge of physical systems to keep algorithms in check and develop more accurate predictions.
MechE faculty are passionate, out-of-the-box thinkers who love to get their hands dirty.