Francesca Dellacqua

Francesca Dellacqua

Support Technician
Quality Positioning Services, QPS

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

I work for QPS as technical support. This includes on-site software support on vessels, answering calls and tickets submitted by clients, working on new projects both within the company and with external companies or governments, and leading trainings in various locations. These are just some of my main tasks; it is a very versatile job that for me begins with aiming to understand each software program from front to back!

What sparked your initial interest in your career?

My interest in this career was sparked by my childhood love for the ocean and animals, eventually turning into an adolescent love for marine research. From here, I engaged in any related courses and activities that I could, especially at school in Charleston. I began in shark research, dissecting juvenile sharks and processing their intestines to examine for microplastics. This was lovely research, however the benthic acoustic mapping program at school is what brought me to QPS as a software specialist and now a mapper!

Who influenced you or encouraged you the most?

My parents have always encouraged me to study science and understand the world around me. All of my passion has slowly grown from this planted seed.

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

The most fascinating element of work for me is understanding the massive amount of information that is within these software programs. It is truly amazing how much I learn each and everyday, both working with so much amazing data as well as constantly learning and expanding on the code and theory behind what I've been studying for years now.

How did you get involved with the Ocean Exploration Trust?

Due to this expedition using software set up by QPS, I am a part of the expedition team to provide onsite support for the product.

What other jobs led you to your current career?

My research in college is primarily what led me to my current career, however I also shortly had a job as an aquarist that helped remind me how much I love working with animals as well!

What are your degrees and certifications?

Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology -- College of Charleston 2022

What are your hobbies?

Some of my many hobbies include watersports, yoga, running, and beekeeping.

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

The advice I would give is to stop worrying so much about the supposed reasons why you shouldn't study and pursue the career or life you love. When you study what you love and care about what you study, success will follow!


Francesca participated in the following Ocean Exploration Trust expeditions: