Emeritus Director, MIT Sea Grant (through February 6, 2017)
Doherty Professor of Ocean Science and Engineering
Professor, Post-Tenure of Mechanical & Ocean Engineering



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Professor Chryssostomidis served as Director of the MIT Sea Grant College Program from 1982 to 2017, and established the Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Lab in 1989 to develop technology and systems for advanced autonomous surface and underwater vehicles.

In 2003, with MIT Sea Grant staff, he created the Sea Perch Program, funded by the Office of Naval Research. The Sea Perch program trains educators across the United States and around the world to build a simple, remotely operated underwater vehicle, or ROV, made from PVC pipe and other inexpensive, easily available materials.

His over 100 publications display his wide range of interests including design methodology for ships, vortex-induced response of flexible cylinders, underwater vehicle design, design issues in advanced shipbuilding including the all electric ship and T-Craft.

Ph.D. in Ship Systems Analysis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1970
S.M. in Naval Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1968
S.M. in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1967
B.Sc. in Naval Architecture, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne University, UK, 1965

MIT Service
1982-Present Professor of Ocean Engineering, MIT
1994-2002 Department Head, Department of Ocean Engineering
1981-82, 1994 Acting Department Head, Department of Ocean Engineering
1970-1982 Associate & Assistant Professor of Naval Architecture, MIT

Scientific & Professional Societies
Royal Institute of Naval Architects, England (Member)
Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers, USA (Fellow)

Honors & Awards
The Captain Joseph H. Linnard Prize, 1978, Best paper contributed to the proceedings of the Society of
Naval Architects & Marine Engineers
NAVSEA Research Professor, 1985-1987
School of Engineering Professor of Teaching Innovation, 1991-1993

MIT Sea Grant Publications

Robotic Exploration and Sampling of Deep-Water Corals
Seth Newburg, Michael Sacarny, Michael Defilippo, Chrys Chryssostomidis, Franz Hover
Technical reports

Remote identification of the invasive tunicate Didemnum vexillum using reflectance spectroscopy
Thomas Leeuw, Seth O. Newburg, Emmanuel Boss, Wayne Slade, Michael Soroka, Judith A. Pederson, Chrys Chryssostomidis, Franz Hover
2013, MITSG 13-13
Journal, book, proceeding reprints

Dual Ring Bus Electrical Distribution System for US Navy Destroyer- and Frigate-Sized Vessels
Chathan Cooke, Julie Chalfant, Chryssostomos Chryssostomidis
2012, MITSG 12-05
Technical reports

Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Measures Didemnum Infestation
Seth Newburg, Michael Soroka, Judy A Pederson, Gregory Booma, Franz Hover, Chryssostomos Chryssostomidis
2012, MITSG 12-03
General reports, fact sheets, posters

Integrated Simulation Framework for Crash Back Operation
Stefano Brizzolara, Pradya Prempraneerach, George Em Karniadakis, Chryssostomos Chryssostomidis
2012, MITSG 12-07
Journal, book, proceeding reprints

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