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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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. 

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. 

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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.

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