Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

ABET Certification Info

Department Mission

The mission of the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NAME) Department, University of Michigan, is to be a world leader in the education of engineers in the application of engineering principles for the marine environment by:

  • providing the leading bachelor’s program in naval architecture and marine engineering, with emphasis on the conceptual design, engineering, manufacture and life cycle management of marine vehicles, structures and complex systems;
  • providing the leading graduate education and research program in engineering for the marine environment, one which spans a broad range of inquiry;
  • providing leadership and service to the state, national and international marine community.


In addition, the NAME Program also has the following goals:

  • to recruit, educate and support exceptional, diverse students and engage them in lifelong learning and achievement while preparing them for a sustained career of engineering leadership in the marine related industries, government service and academia.
  • to maintain and enhance the leading undergraduate program in the world in naval architecture and marine engineering; one which provides a rigorous and effective preparation for a lifelong career of engineering leadership and service.

Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the NAME Program are to produce graduates that, in 3-5 years’ time, are:

  • designing and manufacturing vehicles and structures that operate in the marine environment
  • working effectively in teams
  • practicing professionally in the marine industries, enrolling in graduate study, and engaging in life-long learning

Student Outcomes

The student outcomes of the NAME Program are:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering within the field of naval architecture and marine engineering; [ABET: 3a]
  • an ability to design, conduct, analyze and interpret the results of engineering experiments in a laboratory; [ABET: 3b]
  • an ability to design products and manufacturing processes applicable to naval architecture and marine engineering and consistent with needs and constraints such as economic, environmental, societal, political, and ethical concerns and with consideration of health, safety, and sustainability; [ABET: 3c]
  • an ability to work effectively in diverse, multidisciplinary teams and provide leadership to teams and organizations; [ABET: 3d]
  • an ability to identify and formulate engineering problems and develop practical solutions; [ABET: 3e]
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility and a sense of responsibility to make a contribution to society [ABET: 3f]
  • an ability for effective oral, graphic and written communication; [ABET: 3g]
  • a broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering decisions in a global/societal/economic/environmental context; [ABET: 3h]
  • a recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning; [ABET: 3i]
  • a broad education with knowledge of contemporary issues necessary to contribute effectively beyond their professional careers; [ABET: 3j]
  • an understanding of the organization, methods, techniques and skills of marine systems manufacturing and experience in modern marine system conceptual and preliminary design using industrial capability software, including a team design experience with formal written and oral presentations; [ABET: 3k]

Program Objectives

The curriculum criteria of the NAME Program are to provide students with:

  • an ability to apply probability and statistical methods to naval architecture and marine engineering problems; [Program: i]
  • an ability to apply basic knowledge in fluid mechanics, dynamics, structural mechanics, material properties, hydrostatics, stochastic mechanics and energy/propulsion systems in the context of marine vehicles, and/or ocean structures; [Program: ii]
  • a familiarity and experience with instrumentation appropriate to naval architecture and marine engineering including experiment design, data collection, data analysis and formal laboratory report writing; [Program: iii]

Enrollment and Graduation Data

In Fall 2016, 58 students enrolled in the program. In AY16-17, 25 degrees were awarded. For other terms, the University Registrar publishes the number of students enrolled annually in this program, and the number of degrees granted each term by this program.


The Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering program at the University of Michigan is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET