M. Robinson Swift

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Ocean Engineering

Ph.D. University of New Hampshire, 1972

Research Areas

Ocean Engineering: offshore aquaculture, hydrofoil/fast sweep conversion, development of submergence plane technology, oil spill response engineering, compliant ocean structures, estuarine tidal dynamics, and non-point source pollution

Research Emphasis

Prof. Swift is professionally active in conducting research in ocean engineering. Projects include work in oil spill response engineering, compliant ocean structures, estuarine tidal dynamics and non-point source pollution. He has often offered senior projects in these areas thereby including undergraduates in the research and development experience. Along with serving as the Honors-in-Major coordinator for Mechanical Engineering, he is also the coordinator of Ocean Projects - Tech 797 - a senior design course alternative that offers financial support for projects in the marine area.

Courses Taught

ME 526: Mechanics II

ME 7/827: Advanced Mechanics of Solids

ME 926: Theory of Elasticity

OE 7/854: Ocean Waves & Tides

OE 954: Ocean Waves & Tides II

OE 956: Dynamics of Moored Systems

TECH 797: Ocean Projects

Publications

  • Fullerton, B., M.R. Swift, S. Boduch, O. Eroshkin and Glen Rice (2004) "Design and Analysis of an Automated Feed-Buoy for Submerged Cages", Aquaculture Engineering, Vol. 32, 95-111.
  • Fredriksson, D.W., J. DeCew, M.R. Swift, I. Tsukrov, M.D. Chambers and B. Celikkol (2004) "The Design and Analysis of a Four-Cage Grid Mooring for Open Ocean Aquaculture", Aquaculture Engineering, Vol. 32, 77-94.
  • Bilgili, A., M.R. Swift, D.R. Lynch, J.T.C. Ip (2003) "Modeling Bed-Load Transport of Coarse Sediments in the Great Bay Estuary, New Hampshire", Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, Vol. 58, 937-950.
  • Fredriksson, D.W., J.D. Irish, M.R. Swift, and B. Celikkol (2003) "The Heave Response of a Central Spar Fish Cage", Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, Transactions of the ASME, Vol. 125, 242-248.
  • Fredriksson, D.W., M.J. Palczynski, M.R. Swift and J.D. Irish (2003) "Fluid Dynamic Drag of a Central Spar Cage", In: Open Ocean Aquaculture : From Research to Commercial Reality (C.J. Bridger and B.A. Costa-Pierce, eds.), The World Aquaculture Society, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 151- 168.
  • Fredriksson, D.W., M.R. Swift, I. Tsukrov, J.D. Irish and B. Celikkol (2003) "Fish Cage and Mooring System Dynamics Using Physical and Numerical Models with Field Measurements", Aquaculture Engineering, Vol. 27, No. 2, 117-270.
  • Fredriksson, D.W., M.R. Swift, J.D. Irish and B. Celikkol (2003) "Heave Response of a Central Spar Fish Cage", Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, ASME, Vol. 125, 242-248.
  • Tsukrov, I., O. Eroshkin, D.W. Fredriksson, M.R. Swift, and B. Celikkol (2003) "Finite Element Modeling of Net Panels using a Consistent Net Element", Ocean Engineering, Vol. 30, 251-270.
  • Swift, M.R., R.R. Steen, P. Dugan, P. Nourse, W. DiProfio and B. Celikkol (2002) "Oil Retention Effectiveness of Flexible, Submergence Plane Barriers", Journal of Marine Environmental Engineering, Vol. 6, 257-273.
  • Erturk, S.N., A. Bilgili, M.R. Swift, W.S. Brown, B. Celikkol, J.T.C. Ip and D.R. Lynch (2002) "Simulation of the Great Bay Estuarine System: Tides with Tidal Flats Wetting and Drying", Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, Vol. 107, No. C5, 6-1 – 6-11.
  • Swift, M.R., R.R. Steen, P. Dugan, P. Nourse, W. DiProfio and B. Celikkol (2002) "Oil Retention Effectiveness of Flexible, Submergence Plane Barriers", J Journal of Marine Environmental Engineering, Vol. 6, 257-273.
  • Swift, M.R., P. Dugan, P. Nourse, R. Steen, B. Celikkol, C.W. Doane, and K.A. Hansen (2001) "Flexible, Submergence Plane Oil Containment Systems" Proceedings of the International Oil Spill Conference, March 26-28, 2001, Tampa, FL.
  • Swift, M.R., B. Celikkol, R.R. Steen, W. DiProfio and S.E. Root III (2000) "A Flexible Submergence Plane Barrier for Fast Current Applications", Proceedings of the Twenty-Third Arctic and Marine Oilspill Program (AMOP) Technical Seminar, Environment Canada, Ottawa, 401-414.
  • Swift, M.R., J. Belanger, B. Celikkol, R.R. Steen and D. Michelin (2000) "Observations of Conventional Oil Boom Failure", Proceedings of the Twenty- Third Arctic and Marine Oilspill Program (AMOP) Technical Seminar, Environment Canada, Ottawa, 481-492.
  • Fredriksson, D.W., M.R. Swift, E. Muller, K. Baldwin and B. Celikkol (2000) "Open Ocean Aquaculture Engineering: System Design and Physical Modeling", Marine Technology Society Journal, Vol. 34, No. 1, 41-52.
  • Tsukrov, I.I., M. Ozbay, D.W. Fredriksson, M.R. Swift, K. Baldwin and B. Celikkol (2000) "Open Ocean Aquaculture Engineering: Numerical Modeling", Marine Technology Society Journal, Vol. 34, No. 1, 29-40.
Phone: 
603.862.1837

University of New Hampshire
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Kingsbury Hall
33 College Road
Durham, NH 03824

Research Areas: 
Estuarine Science
Ocean Engineering
Physical Oceanography