Sept 16, 2008

September 16, 2008

Today was the first meeting with our new members of team from Mechanical Engineering.

We analyzed and distributed the basic project work load among the team members.


Hull Design – Venkat, Abdul, Wan –> Contact Raju Datla, Alistar Greig

Propulsion – Jon, Mike                   –> Contact Raju Datla, Alistar Greig

Central Control – Mina, Max          –> Contact Haibo He

Power & Sensor – Freddy, Nikul     –> Contact Blicharz

On the side note: for sensors we would like to research and understand are as follows:

-Sonar (for Distance)



-IMU (for Compus and Accelarometer)

-Hydrophone ( goes with Sonar)



Sept 11, 2008

September 11, 2008

Today we met with our official adviser, Haibo He. This is what we determined

  1. Next step is to develop specific system designs – clarifies what we will need
  2. Start identifying parts (that we can hopefully get sponsors for)
  3. Weekly Adviser Meetings will be on Thursdays at 2:00 pm

In addition, we reached out to the mechanical engineering department. After talking with Gonca Altuger, who is the head TA for mechanical engineers, we identified two loose students and a team of 5 who were doing underwater propulsion.  After meeting them in class, the group of 5 was very interested and were scheduled to meet as a group of 9 on Tuesday, after I speak with Geofrey Lake (University of Colorado).

Sept 9, 2008

September 10, 2008

After class, we went to meet with Dov Kruger at Davidson Labratory.  In this meeting Dov made it clear to us that the best way to get funding was to enter a competition, specifically AUVSI.  After some research and the initial overwhelming feelings, the group became excited to proceed, knowing that a large task remained ahead.

Getting started

September 10, 2008

So in the past two days, we have had meetings with Dov Kruger, PhD student writing code for underwater navigation, and Michael DeLorme, Research Engineer at Davidson Labs. We now have some direction to go in order to impress the Dean, get funding, and gather a qualified team. After looking more at Boulders website, it seems like they broke it down into these specialties

  • Navigation, Mission strategy
  • Controls, Motion Control System
  • Electronics, Hydrophones, IRU
  • Safety Engineer, Test Engineer
  • Software, Webmaster, Image Recognition
  • Project Manager, System Engineer, Financial Officer
  • Structures, Sealing, Fabrication

University of Colorado

September 10, 2008

Today, after a meeting with Micheal DeLorme, I contacted the team leader of the team at University of Colorado Boulder. Their “best new entry” project was headed by a student named Geofrey Lake, who i must say did an extrodinary job for a first stab. Considering that as a team we are trying to emulate them (and as a team leader, Geofrey), we are hoping to hear back from them soon to get some pointers.

UPDATE – Geofrey replied to my email extremely quickly and was very willing to help. We are scheduled to talk this weekend, hopefully the discussion will shed light on a path!!