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Mechanical Engineering with Ocean Engineering option

College or University: University of California, Berkeley

Type of degree: B.S.

Brief overview of program: A set of elective courses are offered by the College of Engineering faculty to support the undergraduate Ocean Engineering Option in Mechanical Engineering. Mechanical Engineers often find themselves working on the design of mechanical systems that operate in the ocean environment. As the oceans is viewed as the earthÝs "last frontier", its exploration and safe exploitation represent important areas of professional opportunities for many engineers. As an example, the engineering of ship-board machinery, navigation & control systems, underwater robotics, propulsion devices will require mechanical-engineering skills. ME students would benefit from an exposure to the technical problems and solution methods in the ocean fields. The liaison of these disciplines has been traditional. ASME (the American Society of Mechanical Engineers) has a division directly related to ocean activities: the Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division (OOAE), which sponsors the annual Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering (OMAE) Conference. The Socisty of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers also play an important role in supporting naval architectural and marine professional activities. The Ocean Engineering Option. The electives in this option group are: ME 164, ME165, ME 128; Mechanical Engineering 101, 135,163; Civil Engineering 120, 180. Mechanical Engineering students can follow the standard program of this major. The core sequence ME164, ME165, ME128 can be taken during the junior and senior years of the mechanical engineering program. Page 2 of this handout illustrates how these can be taken concurrently to satisfy all degree requirements in mechanical engineering. This sequence covers fundamentals, theory, applications, and design elements that are unique to a number of ocean systems: marine vehicles, platforms, and submersibles. As in other mechanical engineering option groups (see page 68 of College of Engineering Announcement), not all upper division technical electives have to come from a single option group. In particular, either ME164 or ME165 can be taken alone, depending on the individual's interest.

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Student Support: Financial Support. Undergraduate scholarships are available to qualified students from the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME). SNAME has a student chapter CAL-SNAME, which sponsors seminars and field trips every year. Its bulletin board is located opposite to Rm 202 Naval Arch Bldg. Grant-in-aid is available to UC Berkeley engineering students with ocean-engineering interests. Application forms are available outside of 6135 Etcheverry Hall.


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