Tell us about your work/research. What kinds of things do you do?
I am currently working on a masters thesis developing a low power inertial navigation system for glider type underwater autonomous vehicles (AUVs). This includes sensor selection and integration as well as testing the system and processing sensor data into a navigation solution.
What sparked your initial interest in your career?
I grew up surrounded by engineers (my dad, both my grandfathers and my older brother) and in high school found I really enjoyed math, science, and problem-solving. This ultimately led me to pursue a career in engineering. After watching Nautilus Live when my brother was working on the E/V Nautilus, I became interested in the jobs of the ROV pilots and ultimately decided to apply to become an ROV Intern in 2015. After working on the Nautilus for two summers, my previous interest in engineering and acoustics has combined with a new found interest in the ocean leading me to pursue a career in underwater acoustics and underwater vehicles.
Who influenced you or encouraged you the most?
Watching my father and grandfathers work as engineers my entire life, always building things around the house, and then seeing my older brother become an engineer definitely influenced my decision to become an engineer. They were always willing to sit down and help me with difficult assignments and I always enjoyed talking with them and learning about the things they did as engineers.
What element of your work/study do you think is the most fascinating?
Being in the control van during dives is really exciting. You never really know what you are going to find or see when you are exploring new regions of the ocean floor and the diverse backgrounds of the watch team always make for a fantastic learning environment. I love that as an engineer I still get to learn a lot about ocean biology and geology while at work. At school, I love the balance I have found between engineering coursework and engineering extracurricular. I learn new concepts in the classroom and then get to go out and apply them to a real application through Baja. Understanding the usefulness and applications of what I am learning makes it that much more fun and engaging.
"I am excited for the opportunity to explore the ocean while working hands on alongside experienced researchers and engineers."