Tivey, Prof. Ucci, and pilot Dudley Foster gathering with
cadets after Mr. Foster's presentation at the Massachusetts
outside speakers were used as "expert witnesses"
and the students were informed that a group of VIP speakers
would come during the semester to address topics critical
to their research mission. The students were required to develop
a question to ask the speaker and to report the question and
answer in their weekly reports. Usually, all three groups
of students gathered to hear an outside speaker and transportation
was provided by school buses or vans.
with experts began the first week of class when Alvin submarine
pilot Dudley Foster addressed the students. The students quickly
understood the mechanical engineering features of the robotic
arms on Alvin, the high pressures at the ocean floor, the
low temperatures at the ocean floor, etc. Many of the design
parameters for the project were determined in the first week,
based on Mr. Foster's specifications and information.