The Team

Ship Location

Channel Islands, USA

Ali Trueworthy

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ROV Engineering Intern
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Tell us about your work / research. What kinds of things do you do?

I study Mechanical and Ocean Engineering with specific work and research in renewable energy and desalination. I strive to find research that includes the things that I enjoy doing, but is also focused in an area that I believe matters. I love the ocean, and I understand its importance to our earth and the battle against climate change. I study what I study with the intention of bring myself and others close to nature and fighting to protect the earth and oceans.  

What sparked your initial interest in your career?

In high school, I participated in a two year Architecture and Engineering Technology program where I learned many methods of design and rapid prototyping. Mechanical engineering was always my path, but when I took an oceanography course I am enthralled by the wonders of the ocean, and ocean engineering became the perfect combination of my interests. My high school engineering technology teacher and the two other women with whom I competed in prototyping competitions empowered me to be a powerful female engineer! I know that with a career in engineering I can do work that I am proud of.

Who influenced you or encouraged you the most?

I am most encouraged by the problems I see around the world.  

What element of your work / study do you think is the most fascinating?

I do a lot of systems engineering work, and in that, I am fascinated by the ways that elements of the system can work together to conserve energy or reduce waste.

What other jobs led you to your current career?

I have had some awesome experiences as an intern since beginning college. My first experience with underwater vehicles was building and testing sensors in a Singapore-MIT Alliance laboratory in Singapore. I was motivated in the renewable energy by working for Resolute Marine Energy and the National Renewable Energy Lab Marine Hydrokinetics group on wave energy. 

What are your degrees and certifications?

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical and Ocean Engineering pending 2017

What are your hobbies?

Hiking and camping are my favorite things to do. I play varsity softball at school. I also love trail running, reading, cooking, and going to the beach (of course!).  

What advice would you give to someone who wants to have a career like yours?

When choosing what to focus on, think out the outcome of your work. Choose work that strives toward something you care about and lets you be in an environment you enjoy. Ocean engineering (professionals) have the unique opportunity to experience and learn about marine environments while doing design/engineering work. Strive to understand and respect the environment in which you work, never letting your work become harmful.