COEI was formally known as the Coastal and Offshore Engineering Institute. The rebranding of COEI was formalized by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in 2015 under a university wide restructuring of research centers and faculties. COEI was first established in 1990 as a pioneer R&D research centre in Malaysia that specialize in coastal and offshore engineering.
It is one of the five research centres (RC) that forms the Research Institute for Sustainable Environment (RISE) in UTM. As a member of RISE, COEI works very closely with other member RCs whose niche areas are all related to sustainable environment and sustainable processes.
COEI has developed a few innovative products related to coastal erosion protection and engineered reef system such as the Sine Slab, Hydrocheese, Stepfloat and Artgrass. Many of these products has been in employed throughout the country either as prototype application or field test systems. COEI has wide experience in hydraulic studies and hydrodynamic simulation of coastal processes with over 60 consultancy works on record and over 20 research projects. Clients include port authorities and port operators, the Marine Department, PETRONAS Carigali, Drainage and Irrigation Dept, private developers and other engineering consultants needing specialized services in coastal engineering.Our present interest now are on climate change effects, primarily sea level rise, extreme coastal storms, coastal floods and tsunamis. We were responsible for completing the first tsunami modelling study for Malaysia, after the catastrophic 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami event and pioneer application of the coastal vulnerability index (CVI) in Malaysia as a means to classify and assess coastlines risks to sea level rise that would help future planning and strategy. Another research area that COEI embark on are mangrove adaptation to sea level rise and marine eco-system regeneration.