Through innovative research, education, and outreach programs, MIT Sea Grant promotes the sustainable development and science-based stewardship of Massachusetts' marine and coastal resources. We are part of the federally funded National Sea Grant College Program, a network of 32 programs in coastal states administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Current areas of research include artificially intelligent vehicles, sensor development, advanced ship-systems and hull design, underwater communications, coastal management, and invasive species detection and prevention. The program is home to the Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) Laboratory, which has been a leader in the development and testing of state-of-the-art, low-cost AUVs since its start in 1990. We also host the Design Lab which specializes in advanced naval architecture modeling and development. Education for K-12 and information outreach to local policy makers and the general public are also integral components of our program.
MIT Sea Grant provides research funding through an annual competition for professors and scientists involved in marine-related research. Graduate and undergraduate students participate in most Sea Grant research projects, and support is available for UROP projects.
Sea Grant also sponsors symposia and workshops, publishes reports, and works with local governments, businesses, and organizations to transfer technology and information to a wide range of audiences.
For more information about MIT Sea Grant, contact the director, Professor Chryssostomos Chryssostomidis, Room E38-300, 617-253-7131.