Davidson Laboratory towing tank testing a model boat hull

Ocean Engineering Doctoral Program

Program Details


Doctor of Philosophy


On campus


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Advance your expertise in naval engineering and coastal resilience at one of the nation’s foremost ocean engineering programs.

Stevens’ premier location offers Ph.D. students unique opportunities to participate in large-scale studies and projects focused on coastal flood protection and offshore wind energy. You’ll have access to cutting-edge facilities like the Stevens Urban Ocean Observatory and the Davidson Laboratory—one of the world’s fastest towing tanks. In addition, you’ll learn from Stevens’ expert faculty—like Professor Emeritus Daniel Savitsky, a pioneer in the method of theoretical resistance estimations—who have led the advancement of naval architecture for several decades.

The Department of Civil, Environmental, and Ocean Engineering offers dynamic opportunities to explore leading-edge research within a close community of faculty mentors. You'll be able to study under a faculty mentor in the area that you find most exciting:

  • Coastal Engineering

  • Physical Oceanography

  • Naval Architecture

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics

  • Living Shorelines

As part of the School of Engineering and Science's sustainability research pillar, the civil, environmental and ocean engineering department facilitates research in fields such as smart, sustainable infrastructure and coastal engineering.

Hands-On Civil, Environmental, and Ocean Engineering Research

At Stevens, you have the ability to join research groups with students at a variety of levels of experience, and outstanding faculty so you can learn cutting-edge technology as a team, just like in the real-world. In our state-of-the-art research labs and facilities, you'll have the opportunity to engage in experiential learning.

The Stevens Advantage

Stevens’ location on the Hudson River and near New York Harbor gives students a unique vantage point for studying marine transport systems. Institutional partnerships with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the United States Environmental Protection Agency and other organizations allow students to pursue research and projects that deliver real-world benefits—experience that serves our graduates well on the job market.

More Advantages to Our Program

  • Students have rare opportunities to interface with city governments and other stakeholders, with Stevens Urban Ocean Observatory and with related research projects that have a potential impact on a metropolitan area of 22 million people

  • The program provides the infrastructure to conduct field, laboratory and numerical analyses across all three of its focus areas

  • Within 50 miles of Hoboken, researchers have the opportunity to study ocean/coastal/back bay systems ranging from highly urbanized to completely natural

  • The Davidson Laboratory high-speed towing tank is one of the few on-campus towing tanks in the United States and one of the fastest towing tanks in the world

  • The program offers unique courses, such as Urban Oceanography; Design of Living Shorelines; and, Laboratory in Naval Architecture

  • Creation and analysis of observation data sets and forecasts

  • Classes that incorporate authentic design examples and research problems

  • Research on widely used, real-time forecasting systems

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