Florida Institute of Technology

About Dr. Kelli Hunsucker, Marine Science Director

Dr. Hunsucker is a Research Assistant Professor at the Florida Institute of Technology, where she is funded by the U.S Navy to investigate biofouling, or the unwanted growth of plants and animals on submerged marine surfaces. Currently her research involves testing different ship hull coatings (or paints), studying the impacts of UV light on biofouling growth, and testing the efficacy of grooming (or routinely wiping) a ship hull to keep it free of biofouling. Dr. Hunsucker also studies diatoms, a single celled algae, and their abiity to settle and form slime on the side of ship hulls. She teaches Oceanography courses at FIT and her favorite camp activity is going on the evening turtle walks. For more about Dr. Hunsucker, visit her faculty page.

About Dr. Robert Weaver, Coastal Engineering Director

Dr. Weaver is an Assoicate Professor at the Florida Institute of Technology. His areas of current research include coastal flooding, coastal transport, coastal lagoon water quality, 2D and 3D circulation modeling, and littoral processes. Dr. Weaver currently teaches courses in Fluid Mechanics, Wave Theory, Coastal Processes, and Port & Harbor Design and is an AAUS Certified Diver with NAUI DiveMaster Certification. For more about Dr. Weaver, visit his faculty page.

About the Department of Ocean Engineering and Sciences (DOES)

Our mission is to integrate oceanography, ocean engineering, environmental science, marine science, meteorology and related academic concentrations into interdisciplinary knowledge-based optimal solutions to vital contemporary issues through education, research and service. 

Directions in the Department of Ocean Engineering and Sciences tend to mirror the interdisciplinary nature of the interests and expertise of a closely related multidisciplinary faculty in oceanography, meteorology, ocean engineering and environmental sciences, with each program offering bachelor of science, master of science and doctoral degrees. 

The spectrum of research in marine and environmental systems ranges from utilizing the scientific method in understanding particular phenomena to a more applied approach directed toward developing solutions to specific problems. The understanding of problems and a vision of alternative solutions manifests itself in research and engineering design of systems or components with direct benefit to human quality of life.