Certificate in Naval Hydrodynamics

As of March 2020, this certificate program has been replaced by the new Certificate in Naval Science & Technology.  Students who are already in the Certificate in Naval Hydrodynamics have the option of completing the certificate, or switching to the Certificate in Naval Science & Technology.  New students must register in the Certificate in Naval Science & Technology.

Program Overview

Undergraduate students at the University of Iowa can earn a Certificate in Naval Hydrodynamics by completing 18 semester hours of courses selected from a pool of courses focusing on fluid dynamics, experimental and numerical methods, and naval hydrodynamics.  The learning objectives of the certificate are centered around a) providing students with a strong foundation in leadership, problem solving, and naval hydrodynamics, and b) developing knowledge of Navy science and technology challenges, and informing students of possible career paths in the Navy.

While this program would be helpful to students wishing to become commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy, the primary intent of the program is to provide students with a solid technical and leadership background that will help graduates to thrive in civilian careers in Navy science and technology positions, and in supporting industry.  Because of the strong emphasis on fluid dynamics fundamentals, the program also provides effective preparation for work in a broad range of industries and applications not necessarily related to naval hydrodynamics.

Students interested in earning the Certificate in Naval Hydrodynamics are advised to contact Prof. Buchholz or Prof. Carrica to discuss possible plans of study.

Learning Objectives

The Certificate program in Naval Hydrodynamics is built around five learning objectives.  The first three learning objectives are centered around providing students with a strong foundation in the fundamentals of fluid dynamics and associated methods for numerical modeling and experimental measurements.  Specifically, students will achieve the following:

  1. Demonstrate a foundation in the fundamentals of fluid mechanics and relevant analytical, numerical and experimental approaches.
  2. Be able to apply advanced numerical methods and measurement techniques to solve-fluid flow problems related to naval hydrodynamics.
  3. Be able to develop creative and effective solutions to unfamiliar engineering problems, and to ask relevant questions that will allow them to continue to learn and exhibit leadership in advancing science and technology.

The final two learning objectives focus on understanding the challenges faced by the Navy and on helping students to identify related career paths:

  1. Recognize and address current challenges faced by the navy on hydrodynamics.
  2. Be able to make decisions about career paths in the Navy, its contractors and supporting industry.

Certificate Requirements

To earn the Certificate in Naval Hydrodynamics, students must complete 18 S.H. of selected courses from the following categories:

Required Courses

Students must complete at least three of the four courses:

Course Prerequisite Semester
ME:4125 Biomimetic Fluid Dynamics ENGR:2510 Spring (odd years)
ME:4175 Computational Naval Hydrodynamics ENGR:2510 Spring (even years)
ME:4176 Experimental Naval Hydrodynamics ENGR:2510 Spring (odd years)
ME:5160 Intermediate Mechanics of Fluids ENGR:2510 Fall

Limited Elective Courses

Students must also complete one course from each of the following two categories:

Numerical Methods (only one may be taken): Prerequisite Semester
MATH:3800 Elementary Numerical Analysis MATH:1560 or MATH:1860
and MATH:2700 or MATH:2550
Fall, Spring, Summer
ME:4111 Scientific Computing and Machine Learning MATH:2560 Fall


Capstone Design Project (both may be taken): Prerequisite Semester
ME:4186 Enhanced Design Experience (must register for naval hydrodynamics section) ME:4086 Spring
ME:4098 Independent Investigation (on approved naval hydrodynamics project) N/A Fall, Spring, Summer

Elective Courses

The remainder of the 18 semester hours may be earned by taking any of the following electives:

Course Prerequisite Semester
ME:4113 Control of Mechanical Engineering Systems   Spring 2019
ME:4120 Advanced Linear Control Systems ME:3600 or (MATH:2550 and MATH:2560 and ENGR:2710) Fall 
ME:5114 Nonlinear Control in Robotic Systems MATH:2560 Fall 
ME:5143 Computational Fluid and Thermal Engineering ME:3045 Fall
ME:5154 Intermediate Kinematics and Dynamics ENGR:2710 Fall
ME:5179 Continuum Mechanics ENGR:2510 or ENGR:2750 Spring
ECE:2400 Linear Systems I ENGR:2120 and MATH:2560 Spring
ECE:3600 Control Systems ECE:2400 Spring
ECE:5600 Control Theory ECE:3600 Fall