The Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping's Autonomous Surface Vehicle mapping the Portsmouth Harbor.

Ocean engineering is a field of study that seeks to solve engineering problems associated with the ocean, including those problems associated with the sustainable utilization of ocean resources and the scientific exploration and study of the ocean environment.  Ocean engineering is an interdisciplinary field with roots in mechanical, electrical, civil, and environmental engineering, with strong ties to physical, chemical, biological, and geological oceanography.  Students of ocean engineering are best served when they are formally trained inside a framework that fuses the expertise of these often-disparate fields.