The Symbiotic Engineering and Analysis Lab develops interdisciplinary symbiotic solutions to advance sustainable offshore technologies vital to the growth of the Blue Economy* and the mitigation of climate change. The SEA Lab is led by Professor Maha Haji in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University.

The Symbiotic Engineering and Analysis Lab develops interdisciplinary symbiotic solutions to advance sustainable offshore technologies vital to the growth of the Blue Economy* and the mitigation of climate change. The SEA Lab is led by Professor Maha Haji in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University.

Research

Design and Testing of AUV Docking Modules for a Renewably Powered Offshore AUV Servicing Platform

Systems Engineering

Integrating systems to better provide mutually beneficial relationships with the oceans.

Design and Testing of AUV Docking Modules for a Renewably Powered Offshore AUV Servicing Platform

Mineral Extraction

Sustainably harvesting minerals from seawater, including uranium, cobalt, and lithium.

Design and Testing of AUV Docking Modules for a Renewably Powered Offshore AUV Servicing Platform

Offshore Energy

Harnessing and storing the energy at sea to meet the energy needs of tomorrow.

Design and Testing of AUV Docking Modules for a Renewably Powered Offshore AUV Servicing Platform

Aquaculture

Reliably and cost-effectively expanding aquaculture farms further offshore.

Research

Design and Testing of AUV Docking Modules for a Renewably Powered Offshore AUV Servicing Platform

Systems Engineering

Integrating systems to better provide mutually beneficial relationships with the oceans.

Design and Testing of AUV Docking Modules for a Renewably Powered Offshore AUV Servicing Platform

Mineral Extraction

Sustainably harvesting minerals from seawater, including uranium, cobalt, and lithium.

Design and Testing of AUV Docking Modules for a Renewably Powered Offshore AUV Servicing Platform

Offshore Energy

Harnessing and storing the energy at sea to meet the energy needs of tomorrow.

Design and Testing of AUV Docking Modules for a Renewably Powered Offshore AUV Servicing Platform

Aquaculture

Reliably and cost-effectively expanding aquaculture farms further offshore.

News

Welcome to Dr. Arezoo Hasankhani to the SEA Lab!

We welcome Dr. Arezoo Hasankhani to the SEA Lab this summer! She joins the group as a postdoctoral researcher working on offshore energy system modeling and aquaculture after completing her PhD from Florida Atlantic University. Visit the SEA Lab team page to learn more!

June 1, 2022

Seawater mineral extraction project awarded New Frontier grant

Prof. Haji and the SEA Lab in collaboration with Prof. Wilson and the Wilson Research Group in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology were awarded one of seven New Frontier Grants from the College of Arts and Sciences to develop techniques for extracting the mineral lithium – a critical component of batteries, wind turbines, smart phones and many other devices – from seawater. Learn more about the project and other awards from the New Frontier Grants program that totaled $1.25 million featured on the Cornell Chronicle.

May 11, 2022

Congratulations to all the Spring 2022 Graduates from the SEA Lab!

Congratulations to SEA Lab members Ryan Cheng, Owais Khalid, and Ray Weng who graduated from Cornell University this spring! Ryan completed an MEng in Systems Engineering, Owais received an MEng in Chemical Engineering, and Ray completed his MEng degree in Computer Science

May 28, 2022

Rebecca McCabe awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Congratulations to SEA Lab member Rebecca McCabe on being awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! Rebecca is a PhD student in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering working on the design of offshore wind and wave renewable energy systems.

Apr 4, 2022

PhD student Matthew Haefner presents research at ICAE 2021

PhD student Matthew Haefner presented his research titled “Integrated Pumped Hydro Reverse Osmosis System Optimization with Enhanced Reverse Osmosis Modeling” at the 2021 International Conference on Applied Energy. Matthew discussed improvements he made for modeling the reverse osmosis desalination process in the IPHRO system and presented preliminary results of multi-objective optimization of the system to maximize both freshwater and renewable energy generation.

Nov 30, 2021

News

Welcome to Dr. Arezoo Hasankhani to the SEA Lab!

We welcome Dr. Arezoo Hasankhani to the SEA Lab this summer! She joins the group as a postdoctoral researcher working on offshore energy system modeling and aquaculture after completing her PhD from Florida Atlantic University. Visit the SEA Lab team page to learn more!

June 1, 2022

Seawater mineral extraction project awarded New Frontier grant

Prof. Haji and the SEA Lab in collaboration with Prof. Wilson and the Wilson Research Group in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology were awarded one of seven New Frontier Grants from the College of Arts and Sciences to develop techniques for extracting the mineral lithium – a critical component of batteries, wind turbines, smart phones and many other devices – from seawater. Learn more about the project and other awards from the New Frontier Grants program that totaled $1.25 million featured on the Cornell Chronicle.

May 11, 2022

Congratulations to all the Spring 2022 Graduates from the SEA Lab!

Congratulations to SEA Lab members Ryan Cheng, Owais Khalid, and Ray Weng who graduated from Cornell University this spring! Ryan completed an MEng in Systems Engineering, Owais received an MEng in Chemical Engineering, and Ray completed his MEng degree in Computer Science

May 28, 2022

Rebecca McCabe awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Congratulations to SEA Lab member Rebecca McCabe on being awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! Rebecca is a PhD student in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering working on the design of offshore wind and wave renewable energy systems.

Apr 4, 2022

PhD student Matthew Haefner presents research at ICAE 2021

PhD student Matthew Haefner presented his research titled “Integrated Pumped Hydro Reverse Osmosis System Optimization with Enhanced Reverse Osmosis Modeling” at the 2021 International Conference on Applied Energy. Matthew discussed improvements he made for modeling the reverse osmosis desalination process in the IPHRO system and presented preliminary results of multi-objective optimization of the system to maximize both freshwater and renewable energy generation.

Nov 30, 2021

Selected Publications

Design and Testing of AUV Docking Modules for a Renewably Powered Offshore AUV Servicing Platform

Design and Testing of AUV Docking Modules for a Renewably Powered Offshore AUV Servicing Platform

M. N. Haji, J. Tran, J. Norheim, and O. L. de Weck

39th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore & Arctic Engineering 2020

An offshore solution to cobalt shortages via adsorption-based harvesting from seawater

M. N. Haji and A. H. Slocum

Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews

Results of an Ocean Trial of the Symbiotic Machine for Ocean uRanium Extraction

Results of an Ocean Trial of the Symbiotic Machine for Ocean uRanium Extraction

M. N. Haji, J. A. Drysdale, K. O. Buesseler, and A. H. Slocum

Environmental Science & Technology

IPHROS Pub Image

Integrated Pumped Hydro Reverse Osmosis systems

A. H. Slocum, M. N. Haji, A. Z. Trimble, M. Ferrara, and S. J. Saidi

Sustainable Energy & Technology Assessments

Selected Publications

Design and Testing of AUV Docking Modules for a Renewably Powered Offshore AUV Servicing Platform

Design and Testing of AUV Docking Modules for a Renewably Powered Offshore AUV Servicing Platform

M. N. Haji, J. Tran, J. Norheim, and O. L. de Weck

39th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore & Arctic Engineering 2020

An offshore solution to cobalt shortages via adsorption-based harvesting from seawater

M. N. Haji and A. H. Slocum

Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews

Results of an Ocean Trial of the Symbiotic Machine for Ocean uRanium Extraction

Results of an Ocean Trial of the Symbiotic Machine for Ocean uRanium Extraction

M. N. Haji, J. A. Drysdale, K. O. Buesseler, and A. H. Slocum

Environmental Science & Technology

IPHROS Pub Image

Integrated Pumped Hydro Reverse Osmosis systems

A. H. Slocum, M. N. Haji, A. Z. Trimble, M. Ferrara, and S. J. Saidi

Sustainable Energy & Technology Assessments

*The Blue Economy is defined by the United Nations as an ocean economy that aims at “the improvement of human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities” (UN, 2014, p.2)

*The Blue Economy is defined by the United Nations as an ocean economy that aims at “the improvement of human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities” (UN, 2014, p.2)