Thomas C. O'Reilly
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
7700 Sandholdt Road
Moss Landing, CA 95039-0628
Phone: (831) 775-1766
Fax: (831) 775-1646
I'm a software engineer at MBARI. My interests include remote sensing of the ocean with satellites, ocean chemistry/biochemistry, and development of Remote Operated Vehicles and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (ROVs and AUVs). My responsibilities have included software for Tiburon, MBARI's new 4000-meter depth ROV. I'm currently helping to design and build a new AUV. On her first scientific mission, this AUV will perform a survey beneath the Arctic ice-pack, as part of the ALTEX experiment.
In addition, I talk about oceanography with elementary school kids. Click here for a sample presentation.
My educational background is in geology and geochemistry. For most of my professional career I've been a software engineer, usually working on scientific applications. Prior o joining MBARI, I helped develop a spacecraft instrument known as the Thermal Emission Spectrometer ("TES"), which is designed to measure properties of the Martian surface and atmosphere from orbit around Mars. TES was successfully launched on November 7, 1996 as part of the Mars Global Surveyor mission payload, and arrived in Mars orbit on September 11, 1997. I also helped design the mission planning system for a joint US/Japan instrument known as "ASTER", which will fly on the TERRA Earth-orbiting spacecraft.
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