MATE Great Lakes - Michigan Regional ROV Competition


2023 regional competition information coming soon!


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.