Florida Institute of Technology is a private university in Melbourne, Florida. The university comprises four academic colleges: Engineering & Science, Aeronautics, Psychology & Liberal Arts, and Business. Approximately half of the students are enrolled in the College of Engineering. Florida Tech is rated as one of the top 1,000 universities in the world and 245th in the U.S.
The department of Ocean Engineering and Marine Science's mission is to integrate oceanography, marine biology, ocean engineering, environmental science, ecology, meteorology, remote sensing, sustainability, and related academic endeavors into an interdisciplinary search for solutions to vital contemporary issues through education, research and service. Directions in the department mirror the interests of the faculty. The spectrum of approaches in the department ranges from using the scientific method to understand particular phenomena to a more applied approach of solving specific problems. An important goal is to provide policy recommendations to improve our quality of life.