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.
A team of MIT engineers and naval officers led by Professor Henrik Schmidt developed a navigational method for autonomous vehicles to navigate accurately in the Arctic Ocean without GPS.
MechE faculty are passionate, out-of-the-box thinkers who love to get their hands dirty.