The Symbiotic Engineering and Analysis Lab in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University is dedicated to researching methods and applications for sustainably extracting resources from the ocean through symbiotic relationships between systems. The Lab is led by Professor Maha Haji.

The Symbiotic Engineering and Analysis Lab in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University is dedicated to researching methods and applications for sustainably extracting resources from the ocean through symbiotic relationships between systems. The Lab is led by Professor Maha Haji.

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

Postdoctoral Position in Offshore Energy Modeling and Mapping

The SEA Lab is hiring a postdoc in offshore energy modeling and mapping! If you are excited about marine renewable energy, aquaculture, and developing tools for multi-use marine activities then we’d like to hear from you! The position is for 2-years with a start date as early as February 1, 2022. Apply by January 15, 2022. Please see https://bit.ly/SEA_Cornell_postdoc22  for more details.

Dec 17, 2021

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

PhD student Rebecca McCabe takes part in the 2021 MIT Energy Hackathon

PhD student Rebecca McCabe traveled to Boston to participate in the MIT Energy Hackathon. This weekend-long intensive event connects students from diverse academic backgrounds with industry partners to solve problems critical to emissions reduction. Rebecca’s team, Good Vibes Energy, tackled the Chevron-sponsored challenge of ocean-based CO2 sequestration. The team investigated various chemical and biological mechanisms for marine carbon capture and presented a synthesized portfolio recommendation to Chevron, accounting for technology readiness, deployment feasibility, and environmental risks.

Nov 14, 2021

Cornell spotlight of SEA Lab member Mumtaziah Faaz

SEA Lab member Mumtaziah Faaz was recently featured by Cornell Material Science and Engineering. In the spotlight, she discusses her work in the lab on looking at ways to reduce biofouling on mineral extracting polymers. Check out her spotlight on the Cornell MSE website to read more.

Oct 26, 2021

Welcome new members the SEA Lab!

We welcome a number of new students to the SEA Lab this Fall 2021 semester! Meet new PhD students Matthew Haefner, Rebecca McCabe, and Olivia Murphy, and new MEng students Ryan Cheng, Mumtaziah Faaz, and Owais Khalid. Visit the SEA Lab team page to learn more!

Oct 15, 2021

Cornell spotlight of Prof. Maha Haji

Prof. Maha Haji was recently featured by Cornell Engineering. In the spotlight, she discusses her path to ocean engineering and her goals for the SEA Lab at Cornell. Check out her spotlight on the Cornell Engineering website to read more.

Oct 1, 2021

Research presented at OCEANS’21 Conference

Some of the latest results on the design and testing of the control system for Platform for Expanding AUV exploRation to Longer ranges (PEARL), an integrated autonomous floating servicing station that utilizes renewable energy to simultaneously provide AUV battery recharging and data uplink via new generation high-bandwidth low-Earth orbit satellite constellations, were presented at the OCEANS’21 conference. The paper titled “Autonomous Control of a Prototype Solar-powered Offshore AUV Servicing Platform” is available for download at the conference website.

Sept 22, 2021

News

Postdoctoral Position in Offshore Energy Modeling and Mapping

The SEA Lab is hiring a postdoc in offshore energy modeling and mapping! If you are excited about marine renewable energy, aquaculture, and developing tools for multi-use marine activities then we’d like to hear from you! The position is for 2-years with a start date as early as February 1, 2022. Apply by January 15, 2022. Please see https://bit.ly/SEA_Cornell_postdoc22  for more details.

Dec 17, 2021

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

PhD student Rebecca McCabe takes part in the 2021 MIT Energy Hackathon

PhD student Rebecca McCabe traveled to Boston to participate in the MIT Energy Hackathon. This weekend-long intensive event connects students from diverse academic backgrounds with industry partners to solve problems critical to emissions reduction. Rebecca’s team, Good Vibes Energy, tackled the Chevron-sponsored challenge of ocean-based CO2 sequestration. The team investigated various chemical and biological mechanisms for marine carbon capture and presented a synthesized portfolio recommendation to Chevron, accounting for technology readiness, deployment feasibility, and environmental risks.

Nov 14, 2021

Cornell spotlight of SEA Lab member Mumtaziah Faaz

SEA Lab member Mumtaziah Faaz was recently featured by Cornell Material Science and Engineering. In the spotlight, she discusses her work in the lab on looking at ways to reduce biofouling on mineral extracting polymers. Check out her spotlight on the Cornell MSE website to read more.

Oct 26, 2021

Welcome new members the SEA Lab!

We welcome a number of new students to the SEA Lab this Fall 2021 semester! Meet new PhD students Matthew Haefner, Rebecca McCabe, and Olivia Murphy, and new MEng students Ryan Cheng, Mumtaziah Faaz, and Owais Khalid. Visit the SEA Lab team page to learn more!

Oct 15, 2021

Cornell spotlight of Prof. Maha Haji

Prof. Maha Haji was recently featured by Cornell Engineering. In the spotlight, she discusses her path to ocean engineering and her goals for the SEA Lab at Cornell. Check out her spotlight on the Cornell Engineering website to read more.

Oct 1, 2021

Research presented at OCEANS’21 Conference

Some of the latest results on the design and testing of the control system for Platform for Expanding AUV exploRation to Longer ranges (PEARL), an integrated autonomous floating servicing station that utilizes renewable energy to simultaneously provide AUV battery recharging and data uplink via new generation high-bandwidth low-Earth orbit satellite constellations, were presented at the OCEANS’21 conference. The paper titled “Autonomous Control of a Prototype Solar-powered Offshore AUV Servicing Platform” is available for download at the conference website.

Sept 22, 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