MATE Great Lakes - Michigan Regional ROV Competition


The 2021 Great Lakes Regional Competition has been cancelled due to COVID-19,
What if my regional decides not to hold an event this season?
MATE regional coordinators are under no obligation to hold an event this year. We recognize that there are challenges that may be insurmountable; for example, governing authorities may not permit students to gather together or share equipment and supplies. However, we at MATE HQ are committed to finding a pathway to the World Championship for regional RANGER or EXPLORER class teams that are interested in participating either in-person or remotely. We will work with regional coordinators who are not holding events to identify those teams and permit them to register directly with the World Championship. Those teams will be invited to advance to the event if they qualify; qualification will be similar to the current EXPLORER class demonstration requirement and RANGER class Video demonstration.
Get ready for the coolest competition of the year:  area students from local teams flying hand-built, remote controlled robots through a challenging series of precision maneuvers - all in under 15 minutes - underwater.  This year, the competition is challenging students to tackle problems that impact the entire world. Plastics clogging our rivers, lakes, waterways, and ocean, from the surface to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Climate change raising ocean temperatures, affecting the health of coral reefs. Contaminants in our waterways. You can find these scenarios from Pennsylvania to Portugal, Florida to Australia, the Western Pacific to the Mid-Atlantic, and Indianapolis to Indonesia.


David Cummins

David Cummins is an instructor at Alpena Community College in Northern MI and has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology and a Masters of Arts in Industrial Management. He has developed Alpena Community College’s Marine Technology program. The development of which stemmed from him fostering partnerships with the MATE Center, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, SeaView Systems, Oceaneering, and other ROV industry players. He has over 14 years of industrial experience including, management, design, 3D modeling, and PC based data acquisition and control. He has assisted several inventors in the development of their products to obtain patents and has designed industrial components for offshore use.

Andrew Augustyn

Andrew Augustyn is the Visitor Experience Manager for the Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. He is a 2014 graduate from Alpena Community College, having earned an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Marine Technology. After graduation, Andrew accepted an internship aboard the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer before pursuing a career as a ROV Pilot/Technician with Oceaneering International. Andrew is a former participant of the MATE ROV Competition, having competed in the Explorer Class during the 2014 International Competition. He enjoys working with student groups to teach them principles of working with ROVs and has a passion for anything in the “marine technology” world.