Harvey Mudd College recently started the development of a new course offering in which all engineering student will enroll. This course, Experimental Engineering, will educate students in the design, implementation and data analysis for measuring engineering and environmental parameters. The platform for teaching these topics will be an underwater robot typically known as an ROV-Remotely Operated Vehicle.
RJE has donated an underwater locator beacon to act as a positioning system for the students ROV, allowing them a tool for robot localization that will aid in geo-referencing any underwater environment parameters. This will provide new learning experiences for the student, especially in the area of sensor filtering and state estimation.
Christopher Clark, Professor of Engineering at Harvey Mudd and Director of the Lab for Autonomous Intelligent Robotics (www.hmc.edu/lair/) accepted the donation and thanks RJE for the support in expanding oceanographic studies.