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Available for students attending the University of New Hampshire, TECH 797 is a senior-level undergraduate engineering design course. The UNH School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering and NH Sea Grant sponsor the course and offer financial support for projects.

Groups of 3-5 students work as members of interdisciplinary project teams on contemporary ocean-related problems under the guidance of a faculty adviser. During the yearlong course, each student team defines a problem, prepares a budget, conducts literature surveys, engages in dialogue with experts in the community, deals with vendors, designs, and builds a working engineering model, gathers analyzes scientific data or conducts a comprehensive study, makes interim reports, and defends the results before a jury of experts and marine professionals. Teams must work with the corporate, business, and research communities to obtain advice, direction, information, and the equipment and materials required to complete their projects. In the end, the teams produce viable solutions to real problems in marine science and ocean engineering. Often, their work leads to the discovery of new knowledge and the development of new technology.

  • Course Code: TECH 797
  • Course Title: Undergraduate Ocean Research Project
  • Credits: A yearlong effort; 2 credits each semester; 4 credits total; an IA (continuous course) grade given at the end of the first semester.
  • Repeat Rule: May be repeated up to 1 time.
  • Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
  • Prerequisities: Typically for students with senior standing and permission of the Course Directors.

To see past TECH 797 projects, visit our Project Information Database.

TECH 797 students working in the Ocean Engineering Lab


For more information on TECH 797, contact either of the Course Directors:

Elizabeth Fairchild, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
University of New Hampshire
(603) 862-4475

Rob Swift, Ph.D.
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Ocean Engineering
University of New Hampshire
(603) 862-1837