PhD in Offshore Wind Energy Engineering
The PhD in Offshore Wind Energy Engineering is the highest level of study and requires a serious commitment. Students who have excellent academic backgrounds and demonstrated capability for independent study/research are encouraged to apply to the doctoral program. Students entering the doctoral program are expected to meet the general admission requirements of the graduate school; gain acceptance into the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; and hold a bachelor's or master's degree in engineering or a related field.
The program provides interdisciplinary training in offshore wind engineering, transmission infrastructure, maritime studies, ocean resource characterization, and environmental permitting. Students receive world-class training in wind policy, technical applications, and project management to prepare them for jobs in global industry, academia, and the public sector.
Potential research areas include:
- Infrastructure and transmission
- Site characterization and permitting
- Foundation design and monitoring
Courses include the Offshore Wind Energy Engineering MS curriculum described below, plus five additional courses, chosen in consultation with the program advisor, consisting of technical training, policy, economics, and management courses. 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-.
- Energy Core (1 course):
- CEE-101 The Energy Transition
- Technical Core (3 courses): In consultation with the program advisor, choose three courses that form a coherent technical sequence.
- 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
- CEE-260 OSW Ports and Supply Chain
- ECE-170 Power Systems
- Technical Electives (3 courses): In consultation with the program advisor, choose 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
- Policy, Workforce, Economics, Management Electives (3 courses): In consultation with the program advisor, choose three electives in energy policy, economics, and/or management.
- CEE-261 OSW Workforce Safety and Equity
- 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
Doctoral students are required to take five additional courses, chosen in consultation with their program advisor, consisting of technical training, policy, economics, and management courses.
- 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