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.
Just returning from 15 days living undersea as part of Fabien Cousteau's Mission 31 project, MechE alumna Grace Young '14 reflects on her experience.
Victoria Preston, a PhD student in the MIT-WHOI joint program, is helping to design robots that can independently navigate to sites where they can take samples for environmental scientists.
MechE faculty are passionate, out-of-the-box thinkers who love to get their hands dirty.