Ship Design of the Future is Here

The graduate program focuses on computer-aided analysis and design of ships, using methods based on first principles.

Hydrodynamics: The flow of water around a ship's hull, into the propeller and over the rudder are critical to its performance, as are stability, slamming and minimizing resistance.

Structures: Loads on ocean vehicles are severe, ranging from extreme diving pressures to huge storm waves, to thousands of tons of cargo. Finite element analysis is used to design structures to withstand these loads.

Vehicle Dynamics: An understanding of the motions of ships in a seaway and ship maneuverability is important to designing a functional and comfortable ship.

Marine Engineering: Study of the machinery that goes into running a ship, including main engines, electric generators, heating and air conditioning, and many others.

 

Virginia Tech offers courses toward the Master of Science degree in Ocean Engineering (Naval Engineering) concentrating on naval ship design and related topics. Courses will be offered using an internet only delivery method. There will be both synchronous (two-way, live communication between student and professor) and asynchronous (downloadable, prerecorded lectures) components. Presentation materials will be packaged into downloadable modules that you can view at your convenience. One hour each week, there will be a live internet meeting of the class where you can interact with the professor. During this session, the professor will present interactive materials, answer questions on the lectures, go over homework, etc. You will need access to an internet connection, a computer with speakers, and a microphone (a headset is a highly recommended option). The software required for this connection will be a browser plug-in that we provide. Instruction is by both faculty and practicing professionals.

Thirty credit hours are required for the M.S. degree. The coursework must include four core courses (12 credits). These will be offered on a two year rotation, one each in the fall and spring semesters. (Some may be offered more often.) The suggested load is 1 or 2 courses per semester. A final comprehensive oral exam will be required of all students upon completion of the degree requirements. Guidelines for the oral exam are described in the AOE Graduate Study Policies and Procedures Manual. Non-thesis option Masters of Science students may also reference the AOE Non-Thesis Final Examinations document for more information.

The required courses are as follows:

  • AOE 4404: Applied Numerical Methods – Spring 2016
  • AOE 5074: Advanced Ship Structural Analysis – Fall 20161
  • AOE 5104: Advanced Aero and Hydrodynamics – Fall 2015
  • AOE 5334: Advanced Ship Dynamics – Spring 2016

List of Approved Electives:

  • AOE 4264: Principles of Naval Engineering (Fall)
  • AOE 4344: Dynamics of High Speed Marine Craft (Spring)
  • AOE 5034: Mechanical and Structural Vibrations (Spring)
  • AOE 5064: Structural Optimization (Spring)
  • AOE 5144: Boundary Layer Theory and Heat Transfer (Spring)
  • AOE 5204: Vehicle Dynamics and Control (Fall)
  • AOE 5304: Advanced Naval Architecture (Spring)
  • AOE 5305: Marine Engineering (Spring)
  • AOE 5314: Naval Ship System Design and Effectiveness2 (Spring)
  • AOE 5334: Advanced Ship Dynamics (Spring)
  • AOE 5374: Rationally-Based Design of Ocean Structures (Fall)
  • AOE 5434G: Advanced Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics (Fall)
  • AOE 5444G: Advanced Dynamics of High-Speed Craft (Spring)
  • AOE 5774: Nonlinear Systems Theory (Fall)
  • AOE 6145: Computational Fluid Dynamics (Spring)
  • AOE 6444: Verification and Validation of Scientific Computing (Spring)
  • AOE 6744: Linear Control Theory (Spring)

 

Students are required to complete one of two tracks:

Track A: Master of Science Thesis

  • Students must complete 9-12 credits of approved electives.
  • Students must complete 6-10 credits of AOE 5994: Research and Thesis.
  • Students must complete a master's thesis on a topic agreeable to both the student and an academic advisor.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits of graded course work numbered 5000 and higher.
  • A maximum of 6 credits of AOE 5974: Independent Study and AOE 5984: Special Study is allowed.
  • A maximum of 6 credits of approved 4000 level course work is allowed.

Track B: Master of Science Non-Thesis

  • Students must complete 18 credits of approved electives.
  • Students must complete 6 credits of AOE 5904: Project and Report or take AOE 5315-5316: Naval Ship Design3.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits of graded course work numbered 5000 and higher.
  • A maximum of 9 credits of AOE 5974: Independent Study and AOE 5984: Special Study is allowed.
  • A maximum of 6 credits of approved 4000 level course work is allowed.

 

1If AOE 4274: Computer-Based Design of Ocean Structures has already been taken, then one of the following two courses must be substituted: AOE 5024: Vehicle Structures or AOE 5374: Rationally-Based Design of Ocean Structures.

2It is strongly recommended that students who wish to take AOE 5314: Naval Ship System Design and Effectiveness, first take AOE 4264: Principles of Naval Engineering.

3Students must take both AOE 5315 and AOE 5316 to meet the 6 unit Capstone Naval Ship Design Project or take 6 units of AOE 5904: Project and Report.

 

Typical programs of study for the Master of Science in Ocean Engineering include the following:

MS (Ocean) Thesis Option
Core Courses AOE 4404, AOE 5074, AOE 5104, AOE 5334 12 credits
Research Credits AOE 5994 9 credits
Electives   9 credits
TOTAL 30 credits
 
MS (Ocean) Non-Thesis Option
Core Courses AOE 4404, AOE 5074, AOE 5104, AOE 5334 12 credits
Project Credits AOE 5904 6 credits
Electives   12 credits
TOTAL 30 credits
 
MS (Ocean) Thesis Option with Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering
Core Courses AOE 4404, AOE 5074, AOE 5104, AOE 5334 12 credits
Research Credits AOE 5994 9 credits
Electives AOE 5304, AOE 5305 9 credits
TOTAL 30 credits
 
MS (Ocean) Non-Thesis Option with Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering
Core Courses AOE 4404, AOE 5074, AOE 5104, AOE 5334 12 credits
Project Credits AOE 5904 6 credits
Electives AOE 5304, AOE 5305 12 credits
TOTAL 30 credits
 
MS (Ocean) Thesis Option with Naval Engineering Graduate Certificate
Core Courses AOE 4404, AOE 5074, AOE 5104, AOE 5334 12 credits
Research Credits AOE 5994 9 credits
Electives AOE 4264, AOE 5304, AOE 5314 9 credits
TOTAL 30 credits
 
MS (Ocean) Non-Thesis Option with Naval Engineering Graduate Certificate
Core Courses AOE 4404, AOE 5074, AOE 5104, AOE 5334 12 credits
Project Credits AOE 5315-5316 6 credits
Electives AOE 4264, AOE 5304, AOE 5305, AOE 5314 12 credits
TOTAL 30 credits

 

Lauren Hanyok
Ocean Engineering
Graduate, 2012

"The most useful (and most stressful) part of getting my degree was taking the thesis option. I spent nearly 1 1/2 years working on the thesis, and the experience prepared me for writing proposals and reports more than anything I'd taken in school previously or done at work. For anyone trying to decide whether or not to do the thesis, I suggest going with the thesis. It provides more preparation for your career than I ever though possible, and even though it was hard, I'm better off for having done it."