Muhammad Hajj is the chair of the department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering as well as the director of the Davidson Laboratory.
For nearly 80 years, many of the world’s finest maritime researchers — and their doctoral students — have built successful careers in Stevens’ renowned ocean engineering program.
The ocean engineering Ph.D. program at Stevens is one of the top academic programs of its kind in the country, enabling students to pursue research in a broad range of areas pertaining to naval engineering and coastal resilience.
Located alongside the Hudson River overlooking Manhattan and New York Harbor, Stevens offers a premiere location in which to study ocean engineering, allowing future ocean engineers in the Ph.D. program opportunities to participate in large-scale studies and projects on coastal flood protection and offshore wind energy.
In addition to field research opportunities, Stevens boasts one of the world’s fastest towing tanks at the Davidson Laboratory, which is an internationally renowned facility famous for its pursuit of research in ocean engineering.
For more than eight decades, our faculty members have pioneered naval architecture, laying most of the foundation for the evaluation of the performance of high-speed craft, including current state-of-the-art theoretical resistance estimations which commonly use the Savitsky Method, named after Stevens’ Professor Emeritus Daniel Savitsky.
Stevens is located on the Hudson river, moments away from the New York Harbor, offering a premiere location to study marine transport systems. In addition to state-of-the-art research facilities, Ph.D. candidates have access to partnerships with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and various other maritime engineering firms. Two research vessels with state-of-the-art instrumentation, and an array of high performance computing equipment provide ample opportunity to conduct field observations of estuaries, bays, and the coastal ocean.