CORE TEAM MEMBERS

KAKANI KATIJA

Principal Investigator & Engineer

Kakani is a Bioengineer, specializing in the development of tools and technology that enable studying ecomechanics of marine organisms for applicationĀ to bio-inspired engineering design.

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ALANA SHERMAN

Electrical Engineering Group Lead & Co-PI

Alana is Project Manager for the DeepPIV project and specializes in developing deep sea scientific instrumentation and underwater vehicles like MBARI's Benthic Rover and MiniROV.

PAUL ROBERTS

Research Engineer & Underwater Imaging Specialist

Paul is an engineer with 20 years of experience building underwater imaging systems. He is Project Manager for EyeRIS, a deep-sea 3D imaging system, which includes
the design, build and integration of the system on
ROVs and AUVs. 

JILL ALEXANDER

Summer Intern

Jill is a junior mechanical engineering student at Boise State University, joining us for the 2020 summer internship program. She is applying her experience in 3D modeling of autonomous terrestrial vehicles to contribute to our underwater vehicle and imaging projects. 

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ENGINEERING TEAM MEMBERS

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JON ERICKSON

Mechanical Engineer

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FRANK FLORES

Mechanical Engineering Technician

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DALE GRAVES

Manufacturing Group Lead

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CHAD KECY

Electrical Engineer

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DENIS KLIMOV

Optical Engineer

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MIKE RISI

Software Engineer

BROOKE PAUKEN

Summer Intern

Brooke is a third year student at the University of California San Diego, majoring in mechanical engineering. For her internship, she is taking a computational approach to extracting information out of 3D imaging data, to help understand fluid dynamics in the deep ocean. 

JOOST DANIELS

Applied Physicist & Research Engineering Technician

Joost is a physicist with a background in high-powered lasers and particle accelerators. He studies interactions of marine animals with their environment using a suite of tools including lasers and cameras.

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