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.
Dr. Heather Beem (PhD ’15) has designed a sensor that could be used by underwater robots to collect data on hydrothermal events or marine life.
An autonomous robotic system invented by researchers at MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) could more rapidly locate the most valuable sampling spots in uncharted waters.
MechE faculty are passionate, out-of-the-box thinkers who love to get their hands dirty.