Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering
Work: 508 289 2643
Building: Blake 215
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543
I have been involved in the rapidly changing world of remotely operated vehicles for over 25 years. Trained as a mechanical engineer, he joined the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 1985 as a member of Dr. Robert Ballard’s team at the Deep Submergence Laboratory where he became involved in the design of Jason Junior. After a successful survey of the Titanic by Alvin and Jason Jr., work began on the design of the Jason vehicle. Mr. Bowen assumed responsibility for the Argo/Jason development program in 1988. As the only remotely operated vehicle design specifically for scientific operations to 6000 meters depth, Jason has now become part of the National Deep Submergence Facility (NDSF) maintained and operated by WHOI. As Director of the NDSF, Mr. Bowen’s present challenge is to facilitate wider acceptance and understanding by the scientific community of robotic systems as research tools while advancing the human occupied submersible program ALVIN. Mr. Bowen has supervised a wide range of development projects include design of Jason II, a new scientific ROV with enhanced capabilities. His most recent program has been the successful development of the hybrid robotic vehicle Nereus that explored the Challenger Deep in June of 2009. He is currently the Technical Director of the Alvin submersible upgrade program. Adaptation of novel tethering and through-water communications to adaptive autonomous systems with Polar operations is of particular present interest.