both campuses have had a program in
ocean engineering for over 40 years. Here the program has been within the civil
engineering department, on the Galveston campus it has been under something
called Mays program. Three years ago we brought these two pieces together and
started a single department which is on two campuses. In doing so we opened up
some new avenues especially in areas like autonomous vehicles, seafloor
mapping and new areas that we had not been involved in the past. And this is
gotten us into new and exciting times and I’m really looking forward to it. Being
in Galveston offers lots of things in addition to the proximity to the Gulf,
you’re at the shore and there’s other opportunities here, the fieldwork that
that you can see going on the research that’s going on, and so the opportunity
to do field work as well as laboratory work here is is quite large and
interesting. There’s so many opportunities you have energy that you
can look into you know with the population increasing, you’ve got coastal
processes, you also have remotely operated vehicles
that you can look into. You have all of these things that you never knew until
you actually enter the program and you see how vast our degree really is. One of
the most rewarding things in ocean engineering is the relationships you
develop with your professors. Ocean engineering is just so close and it
really helps prepare you for the future. One of the best parts of ocean
engineering here is the community, and these relationships really benefited us
always having a support structure here and it’s something I know that would be
able to call on after graduation. The staff and the faculty, they give you the
tools to succeed, they give you the confidence because you know they teach
you what you need to know and you feel comfortable with the material, and you feel
comfortable in applying it The areas of research: we have three main
areas, one is offshore naval architecture, so deepwater engineering and then
coastal near shore and then inshore ports and harbors. And most recently
we are expanding to work with autonomous underwater vehicles and
surface vehicles and the fact that the ocean engineering as a whole has
branched out, the jobs are fairly plentiful both near shore, off shore. This
is a great time to be an ocean engineer. As we move to the future, the
relationship that humans have with the ocean keeps changing, and I look forward
to exacting times of our departments and also for a student coming into ocean
engineering they have a really bright future.