The Ocean and Resources Engineering Department is a part of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), which was established in 1988 to coordinate and focus teaching and research in the ocean and earth sciences. The department offers the MS (Plan A, thesis and Plan B, non-thesis) and PhD degrees
Active faculty and graduate student research involves both coastal and off-shore engineering. Departmental interests in the coastal area include design of coastal and harbor structures; beach and surf parameters; near shore and estuary hydrodynamics; hydraulic and numerical modeling; tsunami and design of fixed and floating structures; submersible and semi-submersible platforms; offshore ports; mooring systems; ship and platform motion in waves; and stability in waves.
Research in ocean engineering depends heavily on literature published by governmental agencies. The Government Documents Collection is the depository for U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers publications, as well as certain NTIS documents and other state and foreign government publications. The Hawaiian Collection houses all the publications of the relevant Hawaii State agencies. The Map Collection is a participant in the Earth Science Information Center network and is a depository of the Defense Mapping Agency.
Sinclair Library's A-V collection and Reserve Book Room are used by the department.
The Hawaii Institute of Geophysics Library supplements the holdings at Hamilton Library. Collection policies are being coordinated although no formal collection agreement exists.
Date compiled: 7/01 Compiler: David E. Coleman