Welcome to the Department of Ocean and Resources Engineering at the University of Hawaii.

Hawaii’s unique location, climate and marine-oriented activities make the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UH) an ideal place for education and research in ocean and resources engineering. The graduate program in ocean engineering at UH was initiated in 1966 and is one of the first in the United States.

Educational and research emphasis in ORE is placed on coastal, offshore, ocean resources, and oceanographic engineering. Coastal engineering deals with coastal and harbor problems, sediment transport, nearshore environmental engineering, and coastal flood hazards. Offshore engineering is concerned with structures and systems used in the deeper parts of the ocean and includes hydrodynamics of fluid-body interaction, seakeeping and dynamic responses of ships and platforms, and hydroelasticity of floating structures. Ocean resources engineering considers the engineering systems needed to develop the ocean’s energy, mineral, and living resources, the potential use of the ocean for waste disposal, and the environmental and economic aspects of such activities. Oceanographic engineering involves the design, operation, and maintenance of the mechanical, electrical, and computing technology and instrumentation that supports oceanographic and marine operations. Students can also pursue interdisciplinary studies that cater to the rapidly evolving aspects of ocean engineering, and that bridge ocean engineering with other marine disciplines.

The mission of the Department of Ocean and Resources Engineering (ORE) is to provide high quality education, research and service to its constituents. Major Goals of the Department are to:

  • Educate top quality ocean and resources engineers to meet the needs of Hawaii, the nation and the engineering profession
  • Conduct and disseminate research in the field of Ocean and Resources Engineering
  • Provide service to the State of Hawaii, Pacific Basin and engineering profession through seminars, conferences, consultancy, government advisory committees and professional societies