MS in Offshore Wind Energy Engineering

Offshore wind turbines

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers a Master of Science degree in Offshore Wind Energy Engineering that can be completed on a full-time or part-time schedule. 

The MS program in Offshore Wind Energy Engineering is offered through the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. This program offers graduate-level education in offshore wind engineering, policy, and project management training for students seeking jobs in the emerging global offshore wind energy industry. 

Master's degrees require a minimum of 30 SHUs and the fulfillment of at least 10 courses at the 100-level or above with grades of S (satisfactory) or at least a B-.

Requirements

A full-time student can complete this option (MS-non-thesis) in one year; however, three semesters are recommended. Ten courses are required:

  • Technical core (4 courses): Four courses in structural and/or geotechnical engineering with applications to offshore wind support structures and other physical infrastructure related to the offshore wind industry;
  • Energy Core (1 course): One introductory course on clean energy engineering;
  • Technical Elective (3 courses): Three technical electives on data science, controls and/or power systems;
  • Policy, Economics, and Management Electives (2 courses): Two electives in energy policy, economics, and/or management.

Faculty

  • Laurie Gaskins Baise: Geosystems Engineering, GIS Mapping
  • Jay A. Borkland: Project Leadership, Ports, Infrastructure, Supply Chain, Geophysics, Permitting
  • John (Jack) Germaine: Geomaterials and Systems, Testing Methods
  • Eric M. Hines: Project Leadership, Structural Design, Large-Scale Testing, Integrated Planning
  • Daniel A. Kuchma: Design, Behavior, and Modeling of Foundation Structures, Large-Scale Testing, Design Life, Corrosion and Fatigue
  • Jonathan Lamontagne: Decision-Making Under Uncertainty, Electric Grid Integration, Integrated Global Change Assessment
  • Babak Moaveni: Structural Health Monitoring, System and Damage Identification of Civil Structures, Experimental Modal Analysis, Signal Processing, Uncertainty Quantification
  • Masoud Sanayei: Structural Engineering, Health Monitoring of Bridges, Nondestructive Testing, Structural Dynamics, Floor Vibrations for Human Comfort and Sensitive Equipment

  • Technical Core: Structural and Geosystems Engineering (choose 4 courses in consultation with program advisor)

    1. Finite Element Analysis (CEE-105)
    2. Structural Dynamics (CEE-106)
    3. Advanced Structural Analysis (CEE-123)
    4. Structural Health Monitoring (CEE-127)
    5. Foundation Engineering (CEE-146)
    6. Advanced Soil Mechanics (CEE-242)
    7. Laboratory and In-situ measurements of Soil Properties (CEE-244)
    8. Geomechanics (CEE-245)
    9. Design and Analysis of Offshore Support Structures (CEE-294)

    Energy Core: (required 1 course)

    1. Clean Energy Engineering (CEE-120)

    Technical Electives: (choose 3 courses in consultation with advisor)

    1. Geographic Information Systems (CEE-187)
    2. Building Information Systems (CEE-188)
    3. Applied Data Science I (CEE-294)
    4. Energy & Infrastructure Systems (CEE-294)
    5. Reliability (CEE-294)
    6. CEE Courses from the Technical Core listed above and other CEE courses in consultation with advisor
    7. Up to two courses from the ECE Department in consultation with advisor
    8. Up to two courses from the ME Department in consultation with advisor
    9. Up to two courses from the CS Department in consultation with advisor

    Policy, Economics and Management Electives: (choose 2 courses in consultation with advisor)

    1. Courses from the Fletcher School Diplomacy, History and Politics (DHP) Division:
      • Energy, Entrepreneurship & Finance (DHP-P251)
      • Climate Change and Clean Energy Policy (DHP-P254)
      • International Energy Policy (DHP-P255)
    2. Course from the Economics Department:
      • Economics of Energy Markets (EC-132)
    3. Courses from the Gordon Institute:
      • Project and Operations Management (MSEM Course 3)
      • Humanistic Perspectives on Leadership (MSEM Course 5)
      • Leading Teams and Organizations (MSEM Course 6)