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Mike Jakuba, a graduate student in the WHOI Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department, earned his Ph.D. degree in January 2007. His reserach involved creating sophisticated computer algorithms to program ABE, the Autonomous Benthic Explorer (in the background), to operate even more autonomously. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

MIT/WHOI graduate student Mike Jakuba (right) and WHOI engineer Rod Catanach help recover ABE aboard ship after one of its deep-diving missions during a 2004 research cruise to the Lau Basin in the Pacific Ocean. (Kristen M. Kusek)

Like many expeditions involving WHOI scientists and engineers,research cruises to the Lau Basin required a multidisciplinary team. Participants on the September 2004 cruise included engineers Dana Yoerger (1), Rod Catanach (2), Al Bradley (3), and MIT/WHOI Joint Program engineering student Mike Jakuba (4), as well as geologist Dan Fornari (5) and biologist Tim Shank (6). Geochemists Meg Tivey (7) and Jeff Seewald (8) participated on the April 2005 return to Lau Basin. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Sonar data collected by ABE, the Autonomous Benthic Explorer, was used to create this bathymetric image of the seafloor in the Lau Basin, showing hydrothermal vent spires rising 10 meters (33 feet) high, along fissures that crack the volcanic seafloor. (Courtesy of Dana Yoerger, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)