July 26, 2012

Ocean engineering interns present summer research

Date: Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Time: 11:00 - 12:00 pm
Location: MIT E38-300

Ocean engineering summer research projects come to a close with these final presentations.

Ocean engineering education
Kathryn Shroyer, engineering educator, crafted this year's Ocean Engineering Experience (OEX) summer program for 16 talented high school students. Its success was based largely on Shroyer's team of skillful, patient, persistent and gregarious UROP students Georgia Van De Zande (MechE '15) and Sarah Brennan (MechE '15), who along with Riva Kahn Hallock (Olin College '15) served to instruct and mentor the high school students. They will share challenges and strategies for engineering success. To learn more about the program, read the OEX blog.

Engineering enhancements for biogeographic surveys
Research interns Andrew McHenry from Maine Maritime Academy and Collin Perkinson from Reed College worked under the supervision of Mike Soroka to retrofit the REX II AUV for 3D underwater imagery and video surveys of eelgrass beds and in the field. The AUV will also monitor for the non-native sea squirt Didemnum vexillum, which may grow on top of the eelgrass blades and also adhere to coarse pebbles on the seafloor. Chris McIntyre, environmental scientist in our Advisory group, will share stories from the field along with his analyses of the survey results.

A light lunch will be served.

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Hollings Scholar Collin Perkinson works in the MIT Sea Grant AUV Lab with novel imagery technology installed on REX II.

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