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Texas A&M University Department of Ocean Engineering

The Department of Ocean Engineering was founded in 2015. Merging the world-class infrastructure and technologies located at our College Station campus with the strategic waterfront location and resources of our Galveston campus, the department offers a unique education experience to prepare students for successful careers in the exciting and ever-evolving fields of ocean and coastal engineering.



From study abroad to hands-on research and industry opportunities, our department provides the students of today the experience and expertise needed to become the leaders of tomorrow. For more information: Explore our student resources.

Enrollment (Fall 2020)
Ph.D. 49
M.S. 22
B.S. (OCEN) 169*

*Freshman not included


Our faculty includes world-renowned researchers, industry experts and outstanding educators in the field of ocean engineering who are dedicated to empowering students to reach their full potential.

Professors 11
Associate Professors  4
Assistant Professors 3
Lecturers (Part-time) 4
Research Professor (Part-time) 4
Joint Faculty Appointments 3
Endowed Professorship Holder 3
Affiliated 10

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Areas of Study

Encompassing both traditional ocean engineering and cutting-edge technology and techniques, the areas of study available in the department include:

  • Renewable energy
  • Offshore structures
  • Tsunami modeling, propagation and run-up
  • Coastal zone management
  • Dredging technologies
  • Coastal engineering processes
  • Computational ship and submarine hydrodynamics
  • Dynamics of offshore structures subject to irregular waves and winds
  • Analysis and design of deep water and coastal structures
  • Bridge scour
  • Floating breakwaters
  • Internal waves
  • Multiphase flow and direct ocean carbon sequestration
  • Sediment dynamics
  • Mooring and riser systems
  • Coastal sediment processes
  • Dredged material placement
  • Beach nourishment
  • Environmental fluid mechanics
  • Hydroelasticity
  • Laboratory measurement and analysis techniques
  • Non-linear wave/structure/wake interactions
  • Remote sensing of ocean surface
  • Shallow flows
  • Turbulence modeling
  • Unsteady three-dimensional Navier-Stokes equations
  • Wave breaking