MIT Sea Grant is well known for its work in naval architecture and systems. This work is centered in the MIT Sea Grant Design Lab and includes the following groups and projects:

Electric Ship Research and Development Consortium

Former MIT Sea Grant Director, Chryssostomos Chryssostomidis, is a leader of the national ESRDC, a consortium of programs and institutions involved in electric ship design and construction, and electric power research. The ESRDC’s mission is to design an all-electric vessel for the US Navy and to provide educational opportunities for students who will become the nation’s electric power engineers in the future. Overall direction and management of the consortium resides with the US Office of Naval Research.


This group, funded by Google, is creating a GUI-based, user-friendly tool that allows both professionals and novices to design propellers and turbines using open-source code. The team maintains the OpenProp Wiki where you will find free software for designing optimized marine propulsors.

Numerics in Computational Engineering (NiCE)

Numerical simulation is playing an increasingly important role in many ocean-related areas, such as regional forecasting, exploring novel designs for underwater communications, or even designing new vessels based on novel hydrodynamic concepts. The NiCE group at MIT – with expertise in multi-scale mathematics and high performance computing – aims to develop new modeling and simulation methods in order to complement and enhance ongoing funded experimental and field experiments related to the aforementioned topics.

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T-Craft is the US Navy’s Transformable Craft. MIT Sea Grant receives funding from the Office of Naval Research to design and model a propulsion system for a multihull vessel capable of ferrying heavy tanks from ships at sea through the surf and onto beachheads.


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A Carbon Tax for Shipping: Theory and (Possible) Practice

Please join us at MIT Sea Grant  Wednesday, November 20, 2019 from 1:30-2:30 pm 12 Emily Street (NW98), Cambridge, MA 02139   A tax on carbon emissions is widely perceived (by economists) as the most efficient way to reduce carbon…
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Hosting students from Oslo, Norway, at the MIT Sea Grant Design Lab for reduced carbon shipping emissions

The MIT Sea Grant Design Lab worked with Marsoft, an independent advisory group focusing on the maritime industry, to host students and faculty from Norway on October 16th. The students from the Oslo Handelsgymnasium – one of the largest…
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Machine Learning Reduces Uncertainties in Ocean Forecasts

Using a new machine learning (ML) framework that fuses multi-fidelity data in space and time, researchers at MIT Sea Grant have been able to forecast temperature and salinity fields in Massachusetts Bay and beyond. This ML approach combines…
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MIT Sea Grant Fluid Dynamics Expert Dixia Fan (PhD '19) Wins De Florez Award

The Robotic Intelligent Towing Tank for Self-Learning Complex Fluid-Structure Dynamics After six years of working with MIT Sea Grant Director Professor Michael Triantafyllou–culminating in a novel intelligent towing tank design – Dixia…