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NE Pacific Ocean

Dave Robertson

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Video Engineer
Video Engineer
Mumbian Enterprises

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

I specialize in the design, integration and deployment of digital television systems from small self-contained systems to entire facilities. I have been working in the television Broadcast and Production industries for 40 years.

What sparked your initial interest in your career?

I have always been interested in technology and got my Ham Radio license when I was 14 years old. After finishing an electronics technology program at the University of Alaska I had an FCC Radiotelephone license and walked into an AM/FM/TV station looking for a job. I've been working in television ever since.

Who influenced you or encouraged you the most?

Several Chief Engineers that I worked for saw my passion for television and encouraged me to learn and grow with the television industry. But it was Dr John Delaney and Dr Deb Kelley from the University of Washington Oceanography Department that encouraged my interest in Oceanography and how my skills and knowledge could be used to further research in the oceans.

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

Seeing new life or geology, possibly for the first time, in high resolution video and seeing how the Science crew react to that is very rewarding.

How did you get involved with the Nautilus Exploration Program? 

While working at the University of Washington campus TV station I was asked to consult with the Oceanography Department on transmitting an HD stream live from the R/V Thompson. We put a Zeus+ HD camera on ROV Jason and did the first ever live HD over IP broadcast from a ship at sea in 2005. I was the video and satellite engineer for that project. After leaving UW I stayed in touch with Ed McNichol now working with OET and he asked me to consult on new video systems for the Nautilus giving me an opportunity to go back out to sea again.

What other jobs led you to your current career?

That 40 year career in broadcasting! Many different TV stations and Production facility jobs, remote sports production including the Winter Olympics as well as working as the Broadcast Technologies Engineer of a software company during the dot-com boom.

What are your hobbies?

I play tuba in a community concert band. My wife and I love to travel, especially to Disneyland and Disney World. We try to go to one or the other once a year. Our 8 year old granddaughter is highly in favor of that as well.

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

Get a degree or certifications in IT systems. My industry is definitly going all IP. Never stop learning, and teach if you can to pay it forward.