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Em Technology Transfer In Naval Engineering Curricula

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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EM Skills and Real-World Concepts, Pt. 2

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9.521.1 - 9.521.7

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Robert Mayer

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Session 3642

Engineering Management Technology Transfer in Naval Engineering Curricula Robert H. Mayer United States Naval Academy


This paper will describe new project management opportunities within the ocean engineering and naval architecture programs at the U.S. Naval Academy. Specifically, engineering management skills and techniques have been adapted to naval engineering settings and included in a new project management area of concentration.

One elective course, in particular, introduces students to various inventory, queuing, linear programming and decision theory models, using a conventional management science textbook supplemented by applications from the marine environ. Examples include optimum dredging strategies for navigation channel maintenance, beach fill operations for shore protection and recreational planning, port development and commercial ship routings. Application of such skills crosses many naval disciplines including fleet operations and logistics, engineering duty officer and staff corps responsibilities. The goal of this course is to enhance the engineering and project management skills of Academy midshipmen. Practically speaking, enhancement of such skills will benefit all future naval officers and engineers.

Details of the initial offering of this engineering management course as well as other project management opportunities at the U.S. Naval Academy will be reviewed. Suggestions will be offered for further project management developments in ocean engineering and naval architecture programs at this and other institutions.


The three principal oceans and their adjoining seas cover more than 2/3 of the earth’s surface and serve as vast storehouses of ocean resources including food, minerals, building materials, fossil fuels, renewable energies and fresh water through desalination. Given such a valuable source of supplies, it seems odd that few textbooks and but a relatively few reference books address the effective management of our ocean resources. Even the conventional textbooks used in engineering and engineering management courses reflect few references to ocean applications.

To account for this opportunity in ocean resource management, a new curriculum is evolving within the ocean engineering major at the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA). With existing elective tracks in Civil and Coastal Engineering, Deep Ocean Technology, and Ocean Environmental Engineering, the faculty has initiated a newer thrust in ocean engineering Project Management. At the core of this discipline are four related courses: EN412 – Ocean Resources Engineering; EN445 – Marine Fabrication Methods; EN450 – Engineering Economic Analysis; and,

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Mayer, R. (2004, June), Em Technology Transfer In Naval Engineering Curricula Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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