An Ocean Engineering Program for the 21st Centuryby L. S. Fletcher, Texas A&M Univ, College Station, United States,
J. E. Flipse, Texas A&M Univ, College Station, United States,
Abstract: An increasing number of technological changes will occur during the next decade, and many of these changes will significantly impact engineering education programs, especially in the field of ocean engineering. These advances in technology will include improved subsea and surface transportation systems, new communication and information systems, deep ocean exploration, and a full integration of computer technology into all aspects of ocean engineering. Offshore technology has had and will have a major influence on the lives and commerce of countries around the world. Because of the increased importance of ocean engineering and its substantial impact on the world, it is extremely important that associated instructional programs be carefully evaluated. This paper presents two perspectives on undergraduate ocean engineering: ocean engineering in the traditional civil engineering curricula and ocean engineering as a separate curriculum, and discusses the potential for graduate ocean engineering programs.
Subject Headings: Ocean engineering | Engineering education | Communication systems | Information systems | Undergraduate study | Curricula | Submerging
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