Hawaii's unique location, climate and marine-oriented activities make the University of Hawaii at Manoa an ideal place for education and research in ocean and resources engineering. The graduate program in ocean engineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa was initiated in the Fall of 1966. It became an academic department in the College of Engineering in July 1968. In July 1977, the Department was accredited for its Master of Science program by the Engineer's Council for Professional Development (ECPD), now known as the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
In October 1988, the University of Hawaii at Manoa officially integrated all marine-oriented programs into the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology(SOEST). The Department of Ocean Engineering and the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) of the College of Engineering became part of SOEST to form the technology component of this school. In July 1999, the department changed its name to Ocean and Resources Engineering (ORE) to better reflect the research thrust of the faculty.
Educational and research emphasis is placed on coastal engineering, ocean resources engineering, and offshore engineering. These areas are of vital importance to the state of Hawaii, the nation, and the world. Coastal engineering deals with coastal and harbor problems, sediment transport, nearshore environmental engineering, and coastal flood hazards. Ocean resources engineering is concerned with the engineering systems to develop the energy, mineral, and living resources of the oceans, the use of the ocean for waste disposal, and the environmental and economic aspects of these activities. Offshore engineering is concerned with structures and systems used in any water depth of the ocean. It includes hydrodynamics of fluid-body interaction, seakeeping and dynamic responses of ships and platforms, and hydroelasticity of very large floating structures, such as floating airports.
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