Tell us about your work/ research. What kinds of things do you do?
Over the past thirty years, I have had the privilege of working in a field rich with rewards. Without question, the experience of working at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has provided my career with wonderful challenges and opportunities. These have given me the chance to make a range of important contributions in the area of undersea robotics. Over this period of time, much has changed; we have gone from deep ocean survey tools being simple towed vehicles, having the limited ability to “snap pictures”, to today’s tethered and untethered robots exhibiting ever-increasing capabilities to perform a range of complex tasks. For the engineer, there can be no better reward than to have ones’ work herald new opportunities and transform how we understand our environment.
My research interests are remotely operated submersibles; propulsion systems; application of close loop control of remotely operated vehicles; introduction of remotely operated systems for oceanographic research.
What are your degrees and certifications?
B.S.: Mechanical/ Ocean Engineering. 1980. University of Rhode Island