William J. Kirkwood
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
7700 Sandholdt Road
Moss Landing, CA 95039
Phone: (831) 775-1707
Fax: (831) 775-1646
Bill graduated from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1978 with his BSME and received an MSCIS in 2000 from the University of Phoenix. His predominant focus has been in the area of electromechanical design. Prior to joining MBARI he was a group leader at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company (LMSC) in the Advanced Systems Division working on a variety of applied design projects for communications, satellites, and active optics for high-energy laser systems as part of the Strategic Defense Initiative. Bill joined MBARI in 1991 as the lead mechanical designer and project manager a several technology efforts including the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Tiburon and the autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Dorado. A number of variants of the Dorado system have been constructed, the most advanced being the Mapping AUV. Bill moved to Northern California in 1987 when he joined the Lockheed Missiles and Space Company (LMSC). He became a supervisor in the Advanced Systems group doing a variety of applied design projects for communications, satellites, and active optics for high-energy laser systems (you might have known it as SDI). Bill began doing sub-sea equipment designs at Lockheed which eventually fostered contacts with MBARI.
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