The University of Rhode Island (URI) has announced a $3 million grant from the van Beuren Charitable Foundation to help develop a new Ocean Engineering Complex on the URI Narragansett Bay Campus (NBC). 

The complex, a prominent point in URI’s master plan, will replace two older structures and help propel development of the region’s blue economy. The complex includes an ocean engineering education and research center with offices, laboratories, and classrooms; a wave and acoustics laboratory with a large wave and tow tank; an acoustics tank; and state-of-the-art equipment. 

“We deeply appreciate the support of the van Beuren Charitable Foundation,” said URI College of Engineering dean Anthony Marchese. “We are honored they recognize our global reputation for ocean engineering research, education, and workforce development and understand how our interdisciplinary partnerships with URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography, as well as our partnerships with industry, can be leveraged to develop technologies and programs that service the blue economy. Better facilities will accelerate these efforts.” 

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