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:

  1. Technical core (4 courses): Four courses in engineering with applications to offshore wind infrastructure, supply chain, and transmission
    • CEE-105 Finite Element Analysis
    • CEE-106 Structural Dynamics
    • CEE-123 Advanced Structural Analysis
    • CEE-127 Structural Health Monitoring
    • CEE-146 Foundation Engineering
    • CEE-220 Offshore Wind Structures
    • CEE-242 Advanced Soil Mechanics
    • CEE-244 Laboratory and In-situ measurements of Soil Properties
    • CEE-245 Geomechanics
    • ECE-170 Power Systems
  2. Energy Core (1 course): One introductory course on the energy transition
    • CEE-120 Clean Energy Engineering—Offshore Wind 
  3. Technical Elective (3 courses): Three technical electives on data science, controls and/or power systems
    • CEE-132 Data Science for Sustainability
    • CEE-187 Geographic Information Systems
    • CEE-188 Building Information Modeling
    • CEE-227 Reliability
    • CEE Courses from the Technical Core listed above and other CEE courses in consultation with advisor
    • Up to two courses from the ECE Department in consultation with advisor
    • Up to two courses from the ME Department in consultation with advisor
    • Up to two courses from the CS Department in consultation with advisor
  4. Policy, Economics, and Management Electives (2 courses): Two electives in energy policy, economics, and/or management
    • Courses from the Fletcher School Diplomacy, History and Politics (DHP) Division:
      • DHP-205 Global Maritime Affairs
      • DHP-P251 Energy, Entrepreneurship & Finance
      • DHP-P254 Climate Change Policy and Law
      • DHP-P255 International Energy Policy
    • Courses from the Economics Department
    • Courses from the Department of Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning
    • Courses from the Gordon Institute

Faculty

  • Laurie Gaskins Baise: Geosystems engineering, GIS mapping
  • 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: (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. Offshore Wind Structures (CEE-220)
    7. Advanced Soil Mechanics (CEE-242)
    8. Laboratory and In-situ measurements of Soil Properties (CEE-244)
    9. Geomechanics (CEE-245)
    10. Power Systems (ECE-170)

    Energy Core: (required 1 course)

    1. Clean Energy Engineering—Offshore Wind (CEE-120)

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

    1. Data Science for Sustainability (CEE-132)
    2. Geographic Information Systems (CEE-187)
    3. Building Information Modeling (CEE-188)
    4. Reliability (CEE-227)
    5. CEE Courses from the Technical Core listed above and other CEE courses in consultation with advisor
    6. Up to two courses from the ECE Department in consultation with advisor
    7. Up to two courses from the ME Department in consultation with advisor
    8. 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:
      • Global Maritime Affairs (DHP-205)
      • Energy, Entrepreneurship & Finance (DHP-P251)
      • Climate Change Policy and Law (DHP-P254)
      • International Energy Policy (DHP-P255)
    2. Courses from the Economics Department
    3. Courses from the Department of Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning
    4. Courses from the Gordon Institute