©2019 BIOINSPIRATION LAB, MBARI

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. 

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.

CLARA FANNJIANG

Computer Scientist & Research Assistant

Clara has been contributing to the JellyMove project, a collaboration between MBARI, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the Goldbogen Lab at Hopkins Marine Station. As part of the effort, Clara developed algorithms to analyze ITAG data based on Loggerhead's OpenTAG architecture.

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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