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 application to bio-inspired engineering design.

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PAUL ROBERTS

Electrical 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. 

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GIOVANNA SAINZ

Research Assistant

Giovanna is a recent graduate from the University of California Santa Cruz with a background in marine biology. She works with MBARI's underwater video and image data to improve its use for FathomNet and machine learning applications. 

ERIC ORENSTEIN

Postdoctoral Fellow

Eric is a postdoc whose research lives at the intersection of machine learning, ocean imaging, and marine ecology. He focuses on the challenges of automated detection and classification in an effort to speed ecological analysis.

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JOOST DANIELS

Applied Physicist & Research Engineer

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.

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.

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