Student developed instrumentation: Use of test tank facility
Project Manager/Lead Scientist: Geoff Wheat
This ongoing project seeks to support and strengthen the
mentor program between MBARI engineers and SCU undergraduates, thus
continuing the development of a pool of talented and dedicated oceanic engineers. For four
years, Geoff Wheat has been working with engineering students at
Santa Clara University (SCU), involving them in ocean-related projects. Student
teams design, fabricate, test, and deploy instrumentation for
undersea applications. Products resulting from this work have won several awards at
the annual SCU engineering competition and have been presented at national
meetings and published in prominent journals. Several of the students
have been interns at MBARI, and some have continued their education in
engineering with an emphasis on ocean-related applications.
This project will enhance the educational partnership by
providing time at MBARI's test tank facility for students to test and demonstrate new instruments.
The students will also take one of their small ROVs to sea for a day on
the R/V Zephyr to test the systems they have
developed. In addition, they
will give a seminar at MBARI and present a hands-on demonstration to MBARI
personnel, interested local scientists, and parents.