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Nereus Project Team

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Andrew D. Bowen

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Bowen serves as lead principal investigator (PI), responsible for overall leadership of this project and for overall strategic planning, scheduling, budget authority, and personnel. He oversees the overall mechanical, electrical, and systems design, and direct at-sea operations.

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Dana R. Yoerger

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Yoerger serves as a co-PI responsible for vehicle control, acoustic telemetry, navigation, vehicle manipulation strategy, and the science sensor suite.

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Louis L. Whitcomb

The Johns Hopkins University

Whitcomb serves as a co-PI responsible for vehicle control, navigation, microfiber tether design, and the science sensor suite.

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Albert M. Bradley

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Bradley is an engineer who has experience with autonomous underwater vehicles at WHOI, including the vehicles ABE and Sentry. His background has helped the Nereus team overcome numerous technical challenges.

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Tito Collasius

Collasius led the assembly of the vehicle.

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Daniel Gomez-Ibanez

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Gomez-Ibanez leads the design and development of both the lithium ion batteries and vehicle propulsion system.

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Barbara Fletcher

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) San Diego

Fletcher is an engineer and the project manager responsible for designing, building, testing, and integrating the fiber optic cable system for the HROV. Also consulting on the ceramic pressure vessel design and utilization.

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Matthew C. Heintz

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Heintz is an engineer responsible for vehicle manipulation and workspace design.

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Jonathan C. Howland

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Howland is an engineer responsible for lighting, imaging, and control system design.

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Casey Machado

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Machado has done a great deal of mechanical design work on Nereus, working closely with Don Peters.

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Cathy Offinger

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Offinger is responsible for coordinating field trials and logistics, and generally keeping the project organized.

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Donald B. Peters

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Peters is an engineer responsible for overall mechanical systems design.

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Hanumant Singh

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Singh is an associate scientist who has provided input to the design of the lighting and imaging systems of the vehicle .

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Christopher L. Taylor

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Taylor is an engineer responsible for overall electronic systems design.

Other Project Members

John Bailey
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Bailey works on electrical engineering and acoustic communications.

Lisa Borden
Independent Contractor
Borden provides expertise on electrical manufacturing and assembly.

Megan Carroll
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Carroll has worked on a wide variety of the mechanical subsystems for the vehicle. In particular, she has had an important role in the development of the LED lighting system.

Daniel Duffany
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Duffany has worked closely with Don Peters and Glenn Macdonald on much of the mechanical design.

Christopher Griner
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Griner works on bonding the ceramic housings and has run many of the pressure tests.

Mike Jakuba
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Jakuba, a former postdoctoral investigator at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, developed flight control and terrain-following algorithms.

Melissa Keane
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Keane provided administrative oversight and cost accounting for the project.

Christopher Lumping
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Lumping designed the oil-filled junction boxes for Nereus and has also helped with a wide variety of mechanical design tasks.

Steve Martin
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Martin works as a mission controller.

Marlene Messina
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Budget preparation for year 1 as well as projecting and tracking real-time expenses from all sources during years 2-4.

Robert McCabe
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
McCabe contributes in a variety of ways to the overall development and building of the vehicle.

Glenn McDonald
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
McDonald's contributions to the project have been primarily in the area of design of the ceramic pressure housings. His expertise in finite element modelling has been critical to the success of this part of the project.

Karlen Wannop
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Wannop works on electrical assembly and wiring.

Sarah Webster
The Johns Hopkins University
Webster, a student with Louis Whitcomb, assists with acoustic communications.

HROV Advisory Team

Patricia Fryer
University of Hawaii

Lawrence Lawver
University of Texas at Austin

Chuck Fisher
Pennsylvania State University

Deborah Kelley
University of Washington

Keir Becker
University of Miami

Jim McFarlane
International Submarine Engineering Ltd, British Columbia, Canada

Related Links

» Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center
The fiber-optic cable link used on Nereus was designed and built by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center in San Diego. It allows for real-time communications with the vehicle.

» Hydroports/Stachiw & Associates
Engineer Jerry Stachiw consults on the vehicle's ceramic floatation and pressure case design and testing.

» Deep Sea Power and Light
Deep Sea Power and Light manufactures ceramic spheres for Nereus.

» CoorsTek
CoorsTek maufactures ceramic spheres for Nereus.

» Kraft Robotic Science & Technology
Kraft Robotic Science & Technology manufactured the vehicle’s manipulator arm.

» Teledyne RD Instruments
Teledyne RD Instruments provided deep Doppler sonar used for navigation.

» Imagenex Technologies
Imagenex Technologies manufactured the vehicle’s mapping and obstacle avoidance system.

» Paro Scientific, Inc.
Paro Scientific, Inc. furnished the pressure transducers for depth measurements.

Last updated: August 18, 2009