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

Marine Energy Collegiate Competition accepts SEA Lab team for prototyping and development

The Marine Energy Collegiate Competition (MECC) funds teams from around the US to designing marine energy devices for Blue Economy applications. The SEA Lab plans to prototype a wave-driven desalination device, considering mechanical, chemical, economic, and social disciplines. The team will compete in spring 2025. Check out the news release here.

May 30, 2024

Prototyping team awarded TEAMER funding for experimental campaign at Oregon State

The prototyping team was awarded funding from the Department of Energy’s Testing and Expertise for Marine Energy (TEAMER) program. The team will conduct wave energy converter (WEC) farm experiments at Oregon State’s Directional Wave Basin. The experiments will test methods to increase power production and study far-field environmental effects of the WEC farm. This month-long campaign will be a collaboration between the SEA Lab and the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory. Read more here.

May 15, 2024

PhD student Kapil Khanal selected for Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing

PhD student Kapil Khanal was selected for the highly competitive Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing (ATPESC). ATPESC provides intensive, two weeks of training on the key skills, approaches, and tools to design, implement, and execute computational science and engineering applications on current high-end computing systems and the leadership-class computing systems of the future.

May 15, 2024

Wave energy converter prototypes featured in Cornell Chronicle

Undergraduates Aisha Brundan and Kavya Mittha and graduate students Nate DeGoede and Olivia Vitale are featured in the Cornell Chronicle for their work with wave energy converter (WEC) prototypes. The prototypes include a heaving point-absorber WEC and an oscillating surge WEC. The article highlights the tank testing of the newest SEA Lab prototype. Read more here.

Feb 29, 2024

Becca McCabe featured in Cornell Chronicle article about sensory rooms for neurodivergent students

Becca is the president of the Student Neurodiversity Alliance at Cornell and advocates for the Learning Strategies Center’s new sensory room. A sensory room is a space for all students to escape sensory overload. Check out the article here.

Dec 11, 2023

Integrated Pumped Hydro Reverse Osmosis System Featured in Cornell Chronicle

Graduate student Matthew Haefner published in Applied Energy on the Integrated Pumped Hydro Reverse Osmosis System (IPHROS). IPHROS is a system where fresh water production and energy storage are symbiotically coupled. The work was highlighted in the Cornell Chronicle, linked here.

Dec 6, 2023

News

Marine Energy Collegiate Competition accepts SEA Lab team for prototyping and development

The Marine Energy Collegiate Competition (MECC) funds teams from around the US to designing marine energy devices for Blue Economy applications. The SEA Lab plans to prototype a wave-driven desalination device, considering mechanical, chemical, economic, and social disciplines. The team will compete in spring 2025. Check out the news release here.

May 30, 2024

Prototyping team awarded TEAMER funding for experimental campaign at Oregon State

The prototyping team was awarded funding from the Department of Energy’s Testing and Expertise for Marine Energy (TEAMER) program. The team will conduct wave energy converter (WEC) farm experiments at Oregon State’s Directional Wave Basin. The experiments will test methods to increase power production and study far-field environmental effects of the WEC farm. This month-long campaign will be a collaboration between the SEA Lab and the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory. Read more here.

May 15, 2024

PhD student Kapil Khanal selected for Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing

PhD student Kapil Khanal was selected for the highly competitive Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing (ATPESC). ATPESC provides intensive, two weeks of training on the key skills, approaches, and tools to design, implement, and execute computational science and engineering applications on current high-end computing systems and the leadership-class computing systems of the future.

May 15, 2024

Wave energy converter prototypes featured in Cornell Chronicle

Undergraduates Aisha Brundan and Kavya Mittha and graduate students Nate DeGoede and Olivia Vitale are featured in the Cornell Chronicle for their work with wave energy converter (WEC) prototypes. The prototypes include a heaving point-absorber WEC and an oscillating surge WEC. The article highlights the tank testing of the newest SEA Lab prototype. Read more here.

Feb 29, 2024

Becca McCabe featured in Cornell Chronicle article about sensory rooms for neurodivergent students

Becca is the president of the Student Neurodiversity Alliance at Cornell and advocates for the Learning Strategies Center’s new sensory room. A sensory room is a space for all students to escape sensory overload. Check out the article here.

Dec 11, 2023

Integrated Pumped Hydro Reverse Osmosis System Featured in Cornell Chronicle

Graduate student Matthew Haefner published in Applied Energy on the Integrated Pumped Hydro Reverse Osmosis System (IPHROS). IPHROS is a system where fresh water production and energy storage are symbiotically coupled. The work was highlighted in the Cornell Chronicle, linked here.

Dec 6, 2023

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

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

The power balancing benefits of wave energy converters in offshore wind-wave farms with energy storage

J. M. Kluger, M. N. Haji, and A. H. Slocum

Applied Energy331, 120389, 2023.

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A review of technologies for direct lithium extraction from low Li+ concentration aqueous solutions

O. Murphy and M. N. Haji

Frontiers in Chemical Engineering, 4, 2022.

*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)