Southeastern New England is home to four MST sub-clusters with unique identities and needs.
The MST sector is composed of four industry clusters that are vertically integrated by buyer-seller relationships and geographically concentrated around large procurement centers.
SENE has substantial scientific expertise in marine-related topics.
In addition to its network of degree-granting institutions and training providers - many of which have programs oriented to marine-related fields - the region is home to four research institutions that specialize in MST fields: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, University of Rhode Island, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, and the Marine Biological Laboratory (run by the University of Chicago). (Brown University is also located in the region, but only 1.4% of their faculty study marine-related topics.)
In total, in 2019 there were 413 full-time scientists and staff engineers at research institutions in the region that dedicated most of all of their time to marine-related topics. Physical oceanography is the most common field of study, but MST spans many fields and college departments, including geosciences, biochemistry and microbiology, electrical and computer engineering, ocean and coastal ecology, among other fields.
Among potential applications for this research, scientific instrumentation, ocean and coastal health, and sensing and communications are most commonly cited, although there are faculty working on a broad range of ocean-related topics including some emerging fields like biomaterials and marine-derived products, offshore renewable energy, and aquaculture.
Implications for Action
The analysis in Charting the Course was undertaken to support the development of a strategy to create more high-paying jobs and to increase the overall prosperity of SENE and its communities. Towards these ends, the following implications emerged: