Nick Woods grew up in Chapel Hill, N.C., and spent a great deal of time in, on, or around the ocean. In his senior year at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, he was exposed to physical oceanography, which blended his passion for the ocean with his interest in physics. In 2007, he started in the MIT/WHOI Joint Program and works with his Ph.D. advisor David Fratantoni in the Autonomous Systems Laboratory. When not at his computer or tinkering in the lab, he enjoys playing a plethora of sports and spending time with his girlfriend and two cats. His mentor for this article was Peter Spotts, science correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor.
(Courtesy of Nicholas Woods)