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Naval Architecture & Marine & Engineering Education at UNO College of Engineering & Online Transportation Program

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Located on the New Orleans Lakefront within New Orleans, Louisiana, University of New Orleans (UNO) is a member of the LSU System and the Urban 13 association.

Your UNO education will not be defined by the classroom walls. The faculty and students are connected to their fields of expertise in both scholarship and in application; you’ll get your hands dirty learning here. Whether you perform at a local jazz club or apply your knowledge of naval architecture to a local ship building operation, you’ll put what you’ve learned into action long before you graduate.

The College of Engineering strives to provide affordable, quality undergraduate and graduate engineering education in a manner which meets the needs of both the metropolitan community they serve as well as the larger national and international community. Virtually all courses are taught by full-time faculty or practicing engineers.

The Merritt C. Becker, Jr. University of New Orleans Transportation Institute (UNOTI) focuses on the role of transportation in creating a sustainable, livable and resilient future. UNOTI combines applied research, outreach and education to impact positively the transportation field from the local to the international spheres.

Academic Programs

Undergraduate Program

  • BS Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering: The specialized degree of Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering is designed to aid and abet the regional shipbuilding and offshore oil industries by applying the principles and laws of the basic sciences and mechanics to the design, construction and operation of naval vessels, platforms, and other structures. Naval architects and marine engineers work on the design of ships, boats, and offshore structures. Included are the marine systems for shipping raw materials and finished products, the frontiers of deep-sea exploration and mineral recovery, and the operation and servicing of marine systems.

Graduate Programs

  • MS Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering: Applicants with various backgrounds and different goals can be accommodated in the program of graduate study leading to the degree of Master of Science in Engineering, and many of the courses are scheduled "after hours" to enable the working engineer to continue to broaden his/her education on a part-time basis.
  • MS in Transportation (MST): The program will train students in multimodal freight and passenger transportation systems. The MST is designed for traditional students and working professionals seeking career advancement or a specialized career in transportation planning or administration. It will be offered in a hybrid online and on-campus format that will provide students with the flexibility of an online program and the benefits of concentrated on-campus meeting.(New Program)

PhD Program

  • PhD in Engineering and Applied Science Program: The program is intended to develop the necessary research, analytical, and design skills to qualify graduates for high-level engineering and scientific positions in research, industry and government. This unique program provides the candidate with substantial depth in one branch of engineering or science as well as a broad base of interdisciplinary knowledge needed for the technological challenges of today. Engineers and scientists find that the Ph.D. degree can significantly increase their lifetime earnings. Naval Architecture/Marine Engineering department participates in the Ph.D. program.

UNO Features

As a member of the Louisiana State University System, UNO has grown to become a Southern Regional Education Board Four-Year II research university that provides essential support for the educational, economic, cultural, and social well-being of the culturally rich and diverse New Orleans metropolitan area. Located in an international city, the university serves as an important link between Louisiana and both the nation and the world.

  • Campus Location: Located on the New Orleans Lakefront within New Orleans, Louisiana. This ideal campus site was acquired when the United States Navy abandoned its air station on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain.
  • Accreditation: New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and The Naval Architecture and Marine The UNO Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering curriculum is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
  • Maritime Majors: Naval Architecture and Maritime Engineering (Both Undergraduate and Graduate)
  • Cooperative (Co-op) Education Program: The Engineering Cooperative Education (co-op) Program is a five-year program. The program makes every attempt to place students in local or regional industries related to the student's designated area of specialization. These industrial assignments supplement educational studies with "hands-on" pre-professional experience. Starting salaries for engineering graduates who have participated in the Engineering co-op program are usually about 15% higher than for those students completing the regular, four-year curriculum. The Alternating Plan I allow students to work up to 40 hours per week and take 1-6 credits during their work period. With Alternating Plan II, Students can work 12-20 hours per week part-time each semester while being enrolled in a degree-granting program as a full-time student.
  • The Washington DC Internship Program: The Washington, D.C. Internship Program is offered in cooperation with The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars in Washington, DC Students who have junior-level standing or higher and a grade point average of 2.5 or better are eligible to participate in the program. The program is conducted in Washington, D.C. and consists of an internship of four and a half workdays per week, a three-hour course one night a week, and a major research paper. Participants can earn 12 credit hours during a fall or spring semester or nine credit hours for a summer session. The Center places applicants in internships of their choice in a governmental agency or department, Congress, the federal court system, an interest group, or other agency in the nonprofit, private, or public sector. The Center will also provide housing accommodations, if needed.
  • International Student Exchange Programs: The International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP) administers bilateral student exchange agreements with universities in Australia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Turkey. Each year, a number of UNO students take part in exchanges on a semester or yearly basis.

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