This presentation was part of a workshop that happened November 10-11 in partnership with Chick Tech Portland, a local nonprofit dedicated to retaining women in the technology workforce and increasing the number of women and girls pursuing technology-based careers. We worked with --- girls from local high schools at Portland State's Maseeh College of Engineering and computer science.
About Jenny Woodman
That’s me! I’ve studied science communication and creative writing with an emphasis nonfiction.
Jessica Sandoval, Argus pilot and Ph.D. candidate in robotics, with a focus on bio-materials. She has degrees in biological and mechanical engineering.
Jessica Sandoval and Antonella Wiley, Antonella is also an Argus pilot and a Ph.D. student who designs robots to explore extreme environments, particularly in the ocean. She’s a National Geographic Explorer; her studies focused on computer science and engineering.
Dr. Nicole Raineault is Vice President of Exploration and Science Operations for the Ocean Exploration Trust and the E/V Nautilus. Nicole studied: marine science, geology, and oceanography.
Dr. Xara Mirmalek and Mary Nichols. Xara, a social scientist, holds a Ph.D. in communication and science and has studied public administration and policy as well as history. Mary is a video engineer with a long career in journalism and teaching.
Dr. Elizabeth Trembath-Reichert is an astrobiologist; she studies tiny microbes found in the sea and her research may help us understand where to look for life on other planets. Elizabeth studied environmental science, chemistry, physics and geobiology.
Wendy Snyder is graduate student studying navigation systems for autonomous underwater vehicles. She studies mechanical engineering with an emphasis on inertial navigation and oceanic engineering.
- Exploration is key: If we don't go explore, we'll never know what's there!
- 95 percent of the ocean remains poorly explored or unexplored altogether.
- We have better maps of the moon and Mars than of our own home planet.
- Many seafloor maps were created using satellites, which aren't very good at seeing the ocean floor. According to my friends on board the E/V Nautilus, satellites map tiny changes in the ocean surface, but high resolution maps of the seafloor can reveal height differences of hundreds of meters! In some cases, the lack of detail that means you can look at a map and not see huge underwater mountains.
- ROV: Remotely operated vehicle
- No crew
- Tethered to ship and operated remotely by a pilot
- Highly maneuverable
- Loaded with mission specific equipment
Tools for Hercules
Hercules can be outfitted with whatever is needed to accomplish a given expedition's mission.
- Robotic arms
- Instruments for collecting samples, like the suck-it
- Storage bins for collecting samples
- Water bottles for collecting water samples, environmental, or e-DNA, and more
I design and build soft robots. Soft robots are typically made of materials like rubber, fabric, and plastics. The primary advantage of soft robots is that they are inherently safe for interacting with humans and animals due to their natural compliance. This compliance is also advantageous for gripping and manipulating delicate objects and complex shapes because soft grippers can conform to an object’s shape and evenly distribute grasping forces.