Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle

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Students Involved:

Chris Barr University of New Hampshire
Eric Boudreau University of New Hampshire
Ryan Cahill University of New Hampshire
Tyler Fausnacht University of New Hampshire
Nick Geist University of New Hampshire
Sean Gribbin University of New Hampshire
Alex Leboeuf University of New Hampshire
Sean Leighton University of New Hampshire
Matt Sweeney University of New Hampshire

Faculty Advisors:

May-Win Thein UNH - Department of Mechanical Engineering
M. Robinson Swift UNH - Department of Mechanical Engineering
The University of New Hampshire Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) is an interdisciplinary team devoted to designing, building, testing, and competing with an underwater ROV. UNH ROV currently consists of students studying mechanical engineering, computer engineering, and computer science. The team will participate in an international and intercollegiate competition in the spring of 2014. The competition will be held by the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center. This project provides an opportunity to apply our knowledge in engineering, including fluid dynamics, systems and controls, finite element analysis, machining, and computer science.
The MATE ROV competition is an international underwater robotics competition held for students of all ages. The competition is sponsored and organized by MATE Center and Marine Technology Society’s (MTS) ROV Committee. The regional competitions, which lead to the international contest, are held throughout the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Russia and Scotland. Depending on a team’s level of education, as well as sophistication of the ROV design, different mission tasks are outlined and required of the ROV.
This year, the ROV international competition will be held in Michigan in June 2014. Competition mission task specifics were released in November 2013. These tasks are based around the investigation of a model shipwreck, and involve the use of a control arm and various sensors, including a three axis accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, thermocouples, and more.


Available from the National Sea Grant Library (use NHU number to search) or NH Sea Grant


  • Underwater remotely operated vehicle (2014). Chris Barr, Eric Boudreau, Ryan Cahill, Tyler Fausnacht, Nick Geist, Sean Gribbin, Alex Leboeuf, Sean Leighton and Matt Sweeney. Advisors: May-Win Thein and M. Robinson Swift.