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Amber Giacone

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Video Engineer
University of Washington

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

My work is at the intersection of ocean technology and videography. Currently, I am working to find ways to utilize image technology for use in environmental monitoring. An example of this work includes the use of aerial drones to monitor plankton distribution. Moving forward, I hope to work with 360 video technologies to monitor marine habitats in Puget Sound.

What sparked your initial interest in your career?

Initially, I pursued a degree in film production and began a 13 year (and counting) career as a videographer and video engineer. Yet for as long as I can remember, I have had an interest in the ocean and environmental restoration. I decided a few years ago to try and bridge these two disciplines and began a degree program for ocean technology, which I completed this past year. I'm now at the start of a new journey where my two loves are connected.

Who influenced you or encouraged you the most?

While at UW, I was privileged to have leaders in the field of ocean technology as my mentors. Not only was I able to get a peek into their private research, but I was able to gain valuable input for my capstone project.

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

I am a technologist at heart and I am fascinated by the advancement of environmental monitoring techniques and equipment. Particularly optical techniques.

What other jobs led you to your current career?

As I established myself in the film production community, I worked at a camera rental house and learned to machine custom camera components. I have found having this practical skill has been invaluable to my production career. Sometimes things break, and having a sense of the pieces of the whole and how they work together has been extremely valuable.

What are your degrees and certifications?

Bachelor of Science in Ocean Technology - University of Washington 2016;
Associates of Science in Film Production - Seattle Central College 2004 

What are your hobbies?

I love to stay active and my hobbies include, the static trapeze, cycling, and skiing. 

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

My recommendations for a person interested in becoming a video engineer would be to keep a curious mind and to never fear to ask for help or an opportunity. Technology is constantly advancing and, as a technology professional, you should be advancing as well. That means reading about emerging products and becoming intimately familiar with existing industry standards. 

How did you get involved with the Nautilus Exploration Program? How did you get on the ship?

Last year, upon the guidance of my mentor at UW, I applied to be a SEIP Video Engineering Intern. I felt I found a home in the community and endeavors ofE/V Nautilus and sought to return this year in the role of video engineer. I'm excited to pass along some of the experience I gained last year to any incoming interns. I'm certain they will love it as much I as I did.