The College of Shipbuilding Engineering serves to educate highly qualified researchers, technicians and engineers through meticulous studies and rigorous practices of relevant subjects. In regard to educational training, scientific and technical research and engineering design, this college is ranked as one of the leading institutions in China and enjoys the fame as "the cradle of China's shipbuilding engineers". The Department of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering (NAOE) at the College of Shipbuilding Engineering has a history of more than 50 years. Originally established as the Naval Engineering Department in 1953, it was one of the key departments of Harbin Military Engineering Institute.
In the field of scientific research, the faculty mainly emphasizes investigation, design and development of advanced and high-performance vehicles and marine structures. As a result of the faculty's diligent research efforts, great progress has been made in the areas of hydrodynamics and structural mechanics of ships, such as resistance, propulsion, maneuver ability, sea-keeping, wave loading, and strengths and weaknesses of naval and offshore engineering structures. Numerous research activities have been profoundly acknowledged at the national level, and some of the research work has also gained international recognition as a result of adherence to the highest standards of advanced research. The College enjoys fame for its research in hydrodynamics of advanced high performance vessels, multihull ship technology, ship stabilization technique, high efficiency propulsion and deep water engineering, ocean energy utilization, energy saving technology, under-water robotics technology, ship design, submersible design technology, ship wave loading, and structural hydro-elasticity theory and experiments.
This College is a member of ITTC (International Towing Tank Conference), and ISSC (International Ship Structural Mechanics Conference), which are the top academic organizations in shipbuilding. The faculty members are encouraged and supported by the College to take active roles in international academic activities. Each year, many teachers go abroad to attend academic meetings and conferences, thus exchanging experience with foreign colleagues and promoting relationships worldwide.