University of Miami

University of Miami (Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, RSMAS/UM)

From humble beginnings in the 1940’s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (University of Miami) has grown into one of the leading academic oceanographic and atmospheric research institutions in the world. The Rosenstiel School’s main campus is located on Virginia Key, Fla. and forms part of a specially designated 65-acre marine research and education park that includes two NOAA laboratories (OAR/AOML and NMFS/SEFSC), and a dedicated marine and science technology high school. The Rosenstiel School also operates a 78-acre advanced satellite reception and analysis center (CSTARS) in southern Miami-Dade County, a UNOLS research vessel (RV/Walton Smith) and the supercomputing Center for Computational Science (CSS).  The SUSTAIN Laboratory, is to be constructed at UM-RSMAS as part of a DOC/NIST award for a new facility (MTLSS). When complete, SUSTAIN will be the only wind-wave-storm surge simulator capable of generating hurricane force winds in a 3_D test environment and provides and ideal complement to the FIU/IHC Wall of Wind.

The Rosenstiel School offers one of the largest, most comprehensive marine and atmospheric graduate programs in the nation. Robust academics and in-depth scientific investigation are hallmarks of the School’s programs. World-renowned faculty members and highly regarded programs attract some of the most qualified students from diverse educational, and cultural backgrounds. More than 250 graduate students learn and work alongside professors developing state-of-the-art approaches to today’s most pressing environmental concerns. Likewise, the undergraduate curriculum is designed to take full advantage of the School’s year-round access to marine environments. Approximately 300 students are introduced to various ecosystems and Earth systems through lectures, laboratories and field trips. They are also given opportunities to earn course credits by conducting independent research under the supervision of scientists who are leaders in their respective fields.  Most recently a Masters in Professional Science program has been introduced.