MATE Great Lakes - Michigan Regional ROV Competition

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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.

2021 MATE Great Lakes - Michigan Regional ROV Competition
Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary


REGIONAL COORDINATION TEAM

Sarah Waters

Sarah Waters is a maritime archaeologist and education coordinator at NOAA's Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, headquartered at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center in Alpena, Michigan along Lake Huron's Thunder Bay - also known as, "shipwreck alley."

Bryan Dort

Bryan Dort is a Principal Consultant at Infor, Inc, and owner of Photic.Zone, LLC, and a FAA 14 CFR Part 107 Certified Remote Pilot since 2017. Based in Alpena, Photic.Zone provides aerial, terrestrial, and submersibles research, inspections, and imaging. Bryan is a nerd and enjoys working with 3D printing, electronics, robotics, drones and submersible remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). Bryan’s drone photography has been seen in many magazines, promotional materials, and a documentary film. He recently was the ROV Pilot and part of a team that documented and identified a newly discovered shipwreck in Lake Michigan. Bryan has been a MATE ROV Team mentor and has been a Judge at the Great Lakes Regional and MATE International competitions for over 10 years.

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.