Tell us about your work / research. What kinds of things do you do?
I have worked with different ROVs for several years. I find that it is an excuse to play with robots, with an added bonus of seeing amazing parts of the world from a viewpoint most people don't get to experience.
What sparked your initial interest in your career?
My university for mechanical engineering had a co-op program so students could get work experience alongside their classroom education. My first co-op job was with an ROV company and it was an experience I'll never forget.
Who influenced you or encouranged you the most?
A professor I had several times throughout school was researching ocean technologies, and they always seemed very exciting. I took a course from him in my 4th year titled Ocean Engineering, which explained some of the theory behind some designs I was already familiar with but didn't fully understand.
Whal element of your work / study do you think is the most fascinating?
Being able to see first-hand sights that most people would never get the chance to see is amazing to me. Being able to share photos, videos, and stories with others can make the ocean seem more tangible to people who aren't as familiar with it.
What other jobs led you to your current career?
I have worked with other ROVs, including a small vehicle used for research in the Arctic and one based out of my hometown of Victoria, BC.
What are your degrees and certifications?
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering -- University of Victoria 2015
What are your hobbies?
I enjoy exploring the outdoors, including climbing, hiking, caving, and cycling. The more time outside, the better.
What advise would you give to someone who wants to have a career like yours?
Expand your knowledge and training beyond what is taught in school. Learn from on-the-job experience or additional training, and taking that initiative helps immensely for succeeding in this career. School teaches you a lot, but the real learning comes from practice and training. Internships and co-op programs are extremely helpful to get your foot in the door too.
How did you get involved with the Nautilus Exploration Program? How did you get on board the ship?
I work for Ocean Dynamics Inc. who was contracted to lead the winter maintenance of the ROV.