The senior capstone design experience in the Department of Ocean Engineering at Texas A&M University aims to bridge the gap between classroom and industry. Students are required to use their knowledge and skills acquired during their undergraduate studies to complete an engineering design project equivalent to the assignments they would receive as aspiring professional engineers.

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This semester, senior ocean engineering students on the College Station campus will have the opportunity to work on projects with Anadarko, the Army Corps of Engineers, DNV GL, HDR, InterMoor and Stress Engineering Services.

“The department is indebted to these sponsors for defining the challenging projects and guiding the students through the project’s execution,” said Dr. Robert Gordon, associate professor of practice in the department at the College Station campus.

According to Dr. Matthew Greer, senior lecturer in the department at the Galveston campus, students there will work with industry and academic advisors on projects addressing a self-powered floating water purification system, an alternative offshore oil import and export terminal, a replacement bridge for Pelican Island, a novel platform design and a sand management system for the Galveston coastline.

The student teams will be competing for the Ottinger Award for Excellence in Design Engineering and will also participate in the Texas A&M Engineering Project Showcase on April 27, as well as the Offshore Technology Conference in May as part of the university research and development showcase.