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Underwater ROV Project Resurfaces for Competition

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Wentworth students have been preparing their newest underwater robot for competition in Colorado

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After a three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wentworth Institute of Technology's underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) project has resurfaced, led by a new team of students. The team will compete June 20-24 at the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) International ROV Competition in Colorado. 

Wentworth's underwater ROV (WUROV) team has a notable record of accomplishment, having qualified for the prestigious competition in 2019. Their mission at the time was to develop technology capable of locating and identifying aircraft wreckage on the ocean floor and the vehicle boasted impressive problem-solving abilities, capable of inspecting and repairing hydroelectric dams, monitoring water quality and restoring fish habitat, and recovering lost items beneath the ocean. 

This year, WUROV has Teams focus on designing, prototyping, manufacturing, wiring, and programming in freshwater environments.  

This year’s squad is led by faculty advisor Saurav Basnet, an assistant professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Students are a part of Wentworth’s IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) chapter.  

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