MATE New England Regional ROV Competition


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.

2022 MATE New England Regional ROV Competition
May 1, 2022
Massachusetts Maritime Academy


Eben Franks
508 566 4300 (cell)

C. Eben Franks has 50 years of experience as a sailor, seaman, sea-going technician, geological engineer, geochemist, marine science educator, project manager, underwater vehicle pilot, adventurer and ocean explorer. Between 1981 and 2002, he was manager of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's Stable Isotope Paleoclimate lab. During that time, he personally collected over 500 deep sea sediment cores ranging in length from a few inches to more than 100 feet. In 2002, Eben collected the longest sediment core ever taken in the Arctic, more than 65 feet. He has performed oxygen and carbon analyses using mass spectrometry on approximately 70,000 samples spanning all of the world's oceans. This immense amount of data has provided detailed records of global climate and ocean circulation changes over the past 5 million years.

Eben's multifarious interests include development of environmental monitoring sensors, exploration for sea-bed minerals, marine casualty investigations, underwater exploration and archeology, science education, climate change, mass spectrometry, renewable energy development, maritime domain awareness, port security as well as emergency underground communications for the mining industry