M. Robinson Swift

Phone: (603) 862-1837
Office: Mechanical Engineering, Kingsbury Hall Rm W115, Durham, NH 03824
M. Robinson Swift

Prof. Swift is professionally active in conducting research in ocean engineering. Projects include work in oil spill response engineering, compliant ocean structures, estuarine tidal dynamics and non-point source pollution. He has often offered senior projects in these areas thereby including undergraduates in the research and development experience.

Prof. Swift's teaching activities have generally been in the mechanics and ocean engineering areas. At the present time he is teaching ME 526 - Mechanics II, and regularly offers ME 7/827 - Advanced Mechanics of Solids, and OE 7/854, Ocean Waves and Tides, ME 922 - Continuum Mechanics, ME 926, Theory of Elasticity,, OE 954 - Ocean Waves and Tides II, and OE 956 - Dynamics of Moored Systems are given on an alternative year basis. He is coordinator of Ocean Projects - Tech 797 - a senior design course alternative that offers financial support for projects in the marine area. He also serves as the Honors-in-Major coordinator for Mechanical Engineering.


  • Ph.D., Theoretical&Math.L Physics, University of New Hampshire
  • B.S., Me, University of New Hampshire

Courses Taught

  • ME 526: Mechanics of Materials
  • ME 727: Advanced Mechanics of Solids
  • ME 999: Doctoral Research
  • OE 754: Ocean Waves and Tides
  • OE 758: Design of Ocean Structures
  • OE 797: Honors Seminar
  • TECH 797: Undergrad Ocean Research Prog

Selected Publications

Dewhurst, T., Swift, M. R., Wosnik, M., Baldwin, K., DeCew, J., & Rowell, M. (2013). Dynamics of a Floating Platform Mounting a Hydrokinetic Turbine. Marine Technology Society Journal, 47(4), 45-56. doi:10.4031/mtsj.47.4.13

Tsukrov, I., Drach, A., DeCew, J., Robinson Swift, M., & Celikkol, B. (2011). Characterization of geometry and normal drag coefficients of copper nets. Ocean Engineering, 38(17-18), 1979-1988. doi:10.1016/j.oceaneng.2011.09.019

DeCew, J., Tsukrov, I., Risso, A., Swift, M. R., & Celikkol, B. (2010). Modeling of dynamic behavior of a single-point moored submersible fish cage under currents. Aquacultural Engineering, 43(2), 38-45. doi:10.1016/j.aquaeng.2010.05.002

Patursson, Ø., Swift, M. R., Tsukrov, I., Simonsen, K., Baldwin, K., Fredriksson, D. W., & Celikkol, B. (2010). Development of a porous media model with application to flow through and around a net panel. Ocean Engineering, 37(2-3), 314-324. doi:10.1016/j.oceaneng.2009.10.001

Most Cited Publications