• Professor of Practice, Ocean Engineering
  • Assistant Director, First Year Engineering Program – Galveston
Paul Mario Koola

Educational Background

  • M.B.A., Texas A&M University – 2000
  • Ph.D., Indian Institute of Technology-Madras – 1991
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Cochin University – 1983

Research Interests

    • Applications of systems engineering, machine learning and AI targeted to the marine domain including novel ocean infrastructure
    • Smart energy absorbing structures (SEAS)
    • Energy stations at sea
    • Ocean renewable energy powered autonomous exploration vehicles
    • Marine cybersecurity 


Industry Experience

  • • 30+ years of combined experience in Teaching Engineering & Broad Interdisciplinary Research and Development of Complex Interacting Systems
    • Designed and Deployed one of the world's first offshore bottom standing 150 kW Ocean Wave Energy Prototypes
    • Implemented Complex & Diverse Technologies

Awards & Honors

  • German Alexander Von Humboldt Fellow, 1997
  • Danida Scholarship (Danish Government), 1993
  • U.S. Fulbright Scholar, 1987

Selected Publications

  • Paul Mario Koola, Akif Ibragimov, “The dynamics of Wave Carpet  – A novel deep water wave energy design” OCEANS 2003, MTS/IEEE Conference Proceedings- 2288-2293, San Diego, California.
  • Chakrabarti, S. K., and Koola, P. M., "Interaction of a Flexible Floating Carpet with Ocean Waves", OMAE2003-37444, Proceedings of the Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering Symposium, Cancun, Mexico, June, 2003.
  • Chakrabarti, S. K., and Koola, P. M., "Hydroelastic Analysis of a Floating Carpet in Waves" Proceedings on Fluid Structure Interaction '03, Cadiz, Spain, June, 2003.
  • Koola, P. M.; Kaldenhoff, H. and Schlurman, T.: Multifunctional wave absorbing breakwaters with extreme force dissipation. 5th Int. Conference on Coastal and Port Engineering in Developing Countries COPEDEC, Cape, Town, South Africa, 19-23 April 1999.
  • Koola, P.M; Sundar, V.; Kaldenhoff, H. and Baur, R.: Pressure Distribution around cylinders due to freak waves. Proc. Int. Conf. in Ocean Engineering, Madras, India, 17-20 Dec. 1996, pp. 189-194.