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.
Mining minerals found 15,000 feet below sea level could help secure a low-carbon future, but at what cost? Researchers including Thomas Peacock, professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, are racing to understand the environmental impact of deep-sea mining.
MIT offers over 120 undergraduate classes related to sustainability, including 2.00A, Fundamentals of Engineering Design: Explore Space, Sea and Earth, a hands-on engineering class popular with first-year students.
The White House announced a funding partnership between Sea Grant Northeast, the Department of Energy, and NOAA Fisheries to support objective, community-focused research on ocean renewable energy in the U.S. Northeast.
MechE faculty are passionate, out-of-the-box thinkers who love to get their hands dirty.