Beginning in the 1969–1970 academic year, Columbia University's School of Engineering and Applied Science will launch a new graduate degree program in ocean engineering designed to develop individual competence in the areas of oceanography, ocean fluid dynamics, ocean acoustics and communications, and marine structures. Menelaos D. Hassialis, Henry Krumb Professor of Mining and an international authority in mineral engineering, mining and mineral economics, will head the new program, assisted by six additional faculty members who are experts in the various areas covered by the new program. Laboratory facilities for the program include a number of oceanographic measurement systems, an experimental hydrolaboratory simulating a marine environment, and a completely outfitted research ship, the R. V. Manning.