The Team

Ship Location

American Samoa

Mike Durbin

Photo of Mike Durbin
Engineer
Satellite/Video Engineer
Durbin Consulting

Mike Durbin is a satellite engineer aboard E/V Nautilus.

One of Mike's many jobs is to figure out just what type of equipment is needed to get the broadcast accomplished. He tabulates the amount of power, the height of the signal antennas, and the type of satellite needed to cover the "footprint," or receiving area. During the actual broadcasts he makes sure that all the communications are operational, that the data is moving back and forth over satellite link. Much of his time is spent in earth stations, where he monitors the various technologies. Mike and Bob Ballard have known each other since the first JASON project in 1989. Mike’s off time is spent with his horses which are at his ranch in Texas. Dr. of Technology, as he is called, has some very technical horses. Mike is currently a telecommunications engineer and owner of his own company called Durbin Consulting LLC.

Dr. Durbin received his undergraduate degree from Texas A & M University and his Ph.D. from University of Texas at Dallas, where he specialized in communications, electronics and mathematics.

"I have enjoyed working with Dr. Ballard for many years on both shore and at Sea. The Nautilus has become a second home starting the Black Sea area and now on to the rest of the world."