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.

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)

    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.