Dr. Stephen Wood,

Professional Engineer

Ocean Engineering

Application of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Physics

into Designing Systems for use in and on the Oceans

Building: Link 106 (directions, Campus Map)

Telephone: (321)- 674-7244

Email: swood@fit.edu   Faculty Profile


There stands a tower by the Atlantic side. A grey old tower, by storm and sea-waves beat. Perch'd on a cliff, beneath it yawneth wide. A lofty cavern of yore a fit retreat. For pirates galleys; altho', now, you'll meet. Nought but the seal and wild gull; from that cave. A hundred steps do upwards lead your feet. Unto a lonely chamber! -- Bold and brave. Is he who climbs that stair, all slippery from the wave. (poem GRANUAILE)  Author unknown

Ocean engineering is a multidisciplinary field of technology applied to the ocean environment. It combines aspects of mechanical, civil, computer and electrical engineering with naval architecture, physics and applied oceanography. Ocean engineering students gain fundamental expertise in chemistry, math and physics and build in-depth knowledge of coastal processes, ocean systems and design technologies.

Why Study Ocean Engineering at Florida Tech? - One obvious advantage to studying ocean engineering at Florida Tech is the university's proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, which enables early and frequent access to the marine environment - something that not every school can offer. Another benefit to studying ocean engineering at Florida Tech is being able to work alongside top ocean, civil, electrical and mechanical engineers, as well as renowned oceanographers, meteorologists and environmental scientists. In addition, ocean engineering at Florida Tech is hands-on, field and laboratory intensive, and seagoing.

Your First-Year Experience - As an ocean engineering major, you begin building your applied marine science and engineering expertise in your first year through courses in oceanography and a faculty team-taught introduction to ocean engineering. Professors advise you in your studies and are always available to answer questions and offer support. All ocean engineering students' first-year experiences also include a design and construction project, which requires students to use their knowledge in a real-world application. Even as freshmen, students may be invited to work alongside faculty on funded projects.

What to Expect  - Ocean engineering is a demanding major that features many challenging courses and projects. Undergraduates are treated as capable scholars; they share the same technologies, laboratories and classrooms as graduate students. Classes are small, quantitative and focused. The program as a whole is very hands-on, field and lab intensive, and seagoing.

Facilities & Labs - In addition to shared ocean science labs, ocean engineers have access to laboratories for fluid mechanics, wave dynamics, underwater technology, corrosion and biofouling, instrumentation, materials, and electronics.

Quick Facts:

  1. Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.
  2. All classes are taught by full-time faculty with doctorates in their fields.
  3. Student organizations include the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and the Marine Technology Society.



(AUV) Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Overview (AUV)

Autonomous Mobile Buoy

Autonomous Powered Glider


We have an operational Bluefin AUV and an un-operational Bluefin AUV for students to learn on

Click on picture to see video.


Have you seen the movie Abyss?? Well Big Geek now resides at Florida Tech - donated by Woods Holes Oceanographic Institute

(ROV) Remotely Operated Vehicles

Ocean Energy Systems

Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV)

Deep Sea Oceanographic Mooring Information System

Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics

CLASSES - Ocean Engineering Curriculum at Florida Tech

OCE 1001 Introduction to Ocean Engineering

Movie 6.7 meg, Photo1, Photo2

OCE 4545 Hydroacoustics

OCE 4541 Ocean Engineering Design

OCE 2002 Introduction to Computer Applications in Ocean Science and Engineering

OCE 4561 Fundamentals of Offshore Engineering

OCE 4542 Ocean Engineering Systems Design


Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics

OCE 5542 Ocean Engineering Systems  





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150 West University Blvd., Melbourne, Florida 32901-6975
Telephone: (321) 768-8000
Undergraduate Admissions: (800) 888-4348
Graduate Admissions: (800) 944-4348
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