Our company is excited to announce its sponsorship of the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) and Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) teams at California State University, Fullerton. We recognize the importance of supporting the next generation of innovators in the field of underwater robotics and engineering. As we look into the future of underwater technology, including underwater drones and undersea vehicles, we must continue to empower college students in their efforts to develop new technological advancements. 

Isaiah Odunze, a member of the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) team, had this to say about his time in the program and Oceanbotics Inc: 

“I had the privilege of working on the 2022-2023 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) senior design project at California State University, Fullerton. Our team of computer engineers went through the process of improving, modifying, and testing the Legacy AUV platform here on campus. I learned a lot about the limitations of working on underwater robotics, such as buoyancy control,  system design, spacing constraints, sensor integration, and many other skills that will transfer into the unmanned underwater drone industry. As a student working on a project of this scale, it is always nice to have some guidance, especially from more experienced engineers who know more about submersible drones.

The project is sponsored by RJE International/Oceanbotics, a company that creates professional remotely operated underwater vehicles (underwater ROVs), like the SRV-8 and SRV-8X Optimus, and is also looking to move towards autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) in the future. When we met with one of the engineers at RJE,  he gave us insights into things we should be looking into such as buoyancy control and heat dissipation, as well as other subjects related to the project. The advice he gave us set us on the right path to making the project successful. Also, since there is a lot of sensor integration and parts that go into making the platform, the project can get very expensive as well. A sponsor like RJE International/Oceanbotics understands this and offered us guidance on what choices we should make that should be economically viable with our allotted budget.

I am glad that I got to experience the process of working on a project like this. Underwater robotics is a challenging field because of the harsh environments that these platforms have to interact with. Having RJE International/Oceanbotics as a partner for my senior design project helped my team go further and achieve more. With only a small team of four people, we were able to make significant progress on this year’s platform, and that is in no small part to RJE International/Oceanbotics.”

We are excited to see what’s in store for these teams and we will continue to support the next generation of great innovators as they lead the way toward new underwater technology.