For the fourth straight year, Purdue is sending a group of students to the Marine Advanced Technology Education Center International R-O-V Competition.
The event challenges teams to design and build an underwater robot to complete specific tasks.
This year’s mission revolves around deploying and repairing equipment for regional ocean observing systems.
Team captain Michael Hayashi believes the Purdue ROV will complete the tasks in the shortest amount of time.
He says in addition to designing and building an underwater robot, teams submit and present technical papers that describe their vehicles and meet employers at the Ocean Career Expo.
The MATE competition takes place this Thursday through Saturday near Seattle, Washington.