Tell us about your work / research. What kinds of things do you do?
I'm excited about increasing the use of robotics in ocean science. Todays robots are become more reliable and productive all the time and now allow an expedition to task a machine to collect data that once required the attention of the entire ship. Beyond freeing up the ship to do other things the type and volume of information that can be collected is also ever improving. Nautilus is a great platform for advanced research into autonomous system with such a capable ship and an extremely experienced crew.
What sparked your initial interest in your career?
I started in ocean science as an engineer focused on technology related to shallow water systems which include a decade of deep sea diving work. During graduate school I was able to participate in an ocean exploration related project and I was hooked. Throughout my career I kept coming back to the excitement or exploration and the engineer challenges associated with the unknown.
Who influenced you or encouraged you the most?
I grew up on a large family farm and my grandfather had an positive impact on my development. At a young age I was curious about mechanical things and the farm had plenty of equipment to try. My father and grandfather were both supportive of my interest engineering.
What element of your work / study do you think is the most fascinating?
I am excited about pushing robots into new operational schemes.
What other jobs led you to your current career?
I served 20 years in the US Navy before joining the University of Rhode Island as a Marine Researcher.
What are your degrees and certifications?
Bachelor of Science - United States Naval Academy, Master of Science in Ocean Engineering - University of Rhode Island, Master of Arts in National Security Studies - United States Naval War College
What are your hobbies?
Mountain biking, Open Water Swimming, Home renovations, Electric Vehicles
What advice would you give to someone who wants to have a career like yours?
Don't hesitate to dig into thing that makes you happy or captures your interest no matter what others might think or how difficult it may seem.
How did you get involved with the Ocean Exploration Trust?
I was reached out to the OET team while a student at the University of Rhode Island and was offered to help as an on shore intern. Over the years I stayed in touch and continued to participate and sort of came up through the ranks.
Jason participated in the following Ocean Exploration Trust expeditions: