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Welcome from the Chairs

Please join us for the 39th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE 2020) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA June 28 – July 3. Located in southeast Florida, Fort Lauderdale is home to Port Everglades, one of the top three cruise ports in the world and among the most active containerized cargo ports in the United States. It is South Florida’s main seaport for petroleum products including gasoline and jet fuel.

The City of Fort Lauderdale is famous for its award-winning, palm-fringed, golden‐sand beaches, arts, culture and events. It provides a water-centric culture from the ocean and blue wave beaches to the exotic Everglades, and includes shopping malls, fine dining, entertainment, boat rides along canals, and golf courses. The City features a landscaped beachfront promenade, luxury hotels, a front to its historic New River, and mansions and yachts dotting its Millionaires Row. The Stranahan House is a preserved 1900s home furnished with antiques of the era. The “red brick road" of Riverwalk leads to the Arts and Entertainment District, where the Museum of Discovery and Science typically has substantial exhibits with thousands of visitors annually. The NSU Art Museum is home to diverse and innovative collections of art from around the world. The City’s Flamingo Gardens features over 3000 species of tropical plants and a sanctuary of 90 native wildlife species.

OMAE 2020 will be hosted by the Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering (OME) and its Institute for Ocean and Systems Engineering (IOSE) at Florida Atlantic University, one of ten state universities in Florida with a student body of 30,000 students. The Department is part of FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science and offers B.S., M.S. and PhD degrees in ocean engineering and mechanical engineering. The ocean engineering program, initiated in 1965 as the world’s first undergraduate program of its kind, aims to provide an outstanding academic environment for education, research, and development of ocean technologies. IOSE, established in 1999 as an extension of the ocean engineering program, is located on eight acres of land between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intra Coastal water-way at FAU’s SeaTech campus in Dania Beach. The Department and IOSE have been involved in a period of sustained sponsored research activity over the past twenty years, culminating in an aggregate of over $60 million expenditures in ocean engineering research and technology development, together with granting of over 400 degrees in ocean engineering. The Institute has research focus areas in marine vehicles, hydrodynamics and physical oceanography, marine materials and corrosion, control and automation, nano-composites, and acoustics and vibrations. It provides the means for technology advancement, and transition of research products to applications. R&D projects at IOSE have included unmanned underwater and surface vehicles, multi-domain, multi-vehicle maritime autonomy, ocean energy technologies, air-deployable buoys, durability of fiber-reinforced concrete and composite materials in seawater, nano-composites, underwater communication, and seabasing technologies. These projects complement basic research in ocean engineering as well as training and education of the next generation of ocean engineering workforce.

A strong technical program in offshore engineering is being put together for OMAE 2020, with thematic foci on renewable ocean energy and automation in maritime systems. The program offers a "Digitization and Automation Workshop for Offshore and Maritime Industry", the first of its kind in the OMAE conference series. The technical tours will include a visit to Port Everglades. The social program will include water and sports activities, shopping tours, everglades airboat adventure, Intracoastal boat tours, and much more.

We very much hope you can join us for OMAE 2020 and look forward to welcoming you to Fort Lauderdale.

Manhar R Dhanak

Prof. Manhar R. Dhanak
Conference Chair, OMAE 2020
Professor and Chair, Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering
Director, Institute for Ocean and Systems Engineering
Florida Atlantic University, USA


Prof. Ronald W. Yeung
Conference Co-Chair, OMAE 2020
Inaugural ABS Endowed Chair in Ocean Engineering
Distinguished Professor (E.) of Hydromechanics and Ocean Engineering
University of California at Berkeley, USA

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