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Our ROV for 2014, Orcus

UnderWater Remotely Operated Vehicles

UWROV is a multidisciplinary team of undergraduate students at the University of Washington who specialize in the design, construction, and operation of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). The team brings scientists and engineers together to work side-by-side, furthering oceanographic research.

Every year, we fully design and build an ROV to participate in the International Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Competition. The team also uses retired vehicles for research.

This year, we are raising money so that we can participate in the MATE competition, held in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada.

The current 2015 UWROV team

What We Do

What do members gain?

Students who join UWROV receive a unique and exclusive experience:

Engineering: Every day, students from majors including computer science, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering come together to solve challenging technical problems. Building a complex and highly interconnected system requires excellent coordination and it only gets harder when the system has to thrive underwater.

Science: The vehicles the team produces are a great platform for scientific work and research. One division of the team is devoted to operating and maintaining past vehicles that can be used by students for senior projects and research endeavors.

Interdisciplinary Teamwork: Building an ROV needs people with expertise in business and research, as well as in mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering. Students work in a studio design environment with others of highly diverse backgrounds and so must develop their teamwork skills.

Practical Experience: Ocean technology is not like any other industry; it requires a very specific set of skills. By joining UWROV, students obtain these skills before they leave the classroom. This practical experience allows them to enter the world of jobs with a dependable background in ocean technology.

Outreach/Education: The UWROV team promotes marine technology education to science and engineering students alike. Some efforts include mentoring local K-12 marine robotics teams and volunteering at marine technology outreach events.

Fun Times! - UWROV may be serious club, but we still have fun! We enjoy tackling the challenging problems that building an ROV presents.

What is Ocean Technology?

Ocean technology is any kind of technology used for ocean endeavors. The ocean is a very harsh environment for instruments: it corrodes metals, crushes anything at depth, has a high range of temperatures from freezing to boiling, and always works to invade electronics.

As this is a constant struggle for oceanographers, it makes data collection challenging. This is where ocean technology comes in: engineers with specialized skills work to offset the harsh environments of the ocean so that scientists may collect data to learn more about the majority of our planet.

An example of ocean technology is oceanographic sensors that measure anything from light and sound to salinity and fluorescence. The most versatile and adaptive instrument in the category of ocean technology is the ROV (remotely operated vehicle).

What is an ROV?

The 2014 vehicle, Orcus

Remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) are tethered vehicles that are operated remotely. Underwater ROVs are built as a tethered submarine, driven by a team on-ship or on-shore to be used for research or industry in the harsh environment of the ocean.

ROVs have become increasingly popular as they are able to travel to locations that no human can easily venture to. In oceanography, ROVs are used on missions to take measurements and deploy scientific packages. In the oil and gas industry, ROVs are used extensively to install and maintain underwater equipment.

Outreach with a highschool group

Our ROV: Admare

Admare (odd-MAR-ay): Latin for "to the sea"

Admare pushes the limits of underwater robotics using completely upgraded systems from our previous year's ROVs.

This year's upgrades:

  • Onboard cameras give pilots high definition video of the underwater landscape.
  • An Xbox controller makes driving easy and intuitive.
  • A pneumatic robotic arm takes samples and places instruments.
  • The ROV is connected to the surface by an umbilical cord that provides power and an Ethernet connection to the vehicle.
  • Efficient thrusters are oriented to allow the vehicle to move in any direction while staying stable and level.

International MATE Competition

The International Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) ROV Competition challenges students to design an ROV to fulfill missions. The teams present themselves as companies wishing to gain contracts with MATE. The competition gives students the opportunity to develop business, engineering, and scientific skills while exposing them to the field of ocean technology.

Each year the missions change. This year the theme is science and industry in the Arctic. The competition is a unique opportunity for students to meet other students and professionals who share a passion for the ocean and its mystery.

The MATE ROV Competition increases student opportunities:

Networking: At the competition, there are representatives from many different marine technology companies, allowing students to meet potential future employers.

Experience: Ocean technology is a small, but growing, industry. By participating in the competition, students are gaining experience in a very unique and exclusive field.

Business Design: Teams must present themselves as a company at the competition, allowing students to learn about promoting themselves as one. They must learn business conduct skills such as financial skills, report writing and oral presentation, all of which must be learned in order to succeed in the MATE Competition.

Teamwork: In order to build an ROV, people from many fields must come together in order to succeed. This means that each student must learn how to work with people from very diverse backgrounds, increasing their communication and teamwork skills.

The 2014 team

What We Need


We are raising $9015 to send six of our members to participate in the International MATE Competition in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Any extra funding will be used to help build next year's vehicle.

Qualified for Internationals! 

  Published on Wednesday, May. 13, 2015 at 05:55 PM (PDT)
I am very excited to announce that the UWROV team qualified to participate in the International MATE ROV Competition on Saturday, May 9th! It was a roller-coaster day, but the team pulled through. We have six weeks before Internationals and are very excited to have this opportunity!

Thank you to each of our donors who made traveling to Internationals possible! We will keep in touch with our progress.

UWROV team at Regionals on May 9th, 2015, pictured with their vehicle, Admare. 

Success at Engineering Discovery Days! 

  Published on Sunday, Apr. 26, 2015 at 07:19 AM (PDT)
Every year University of Washington hosts Engineering Discovery Days. This event is for faculty and students to share their work with fellow students, teachers, family, and community members. This year, on April 24th and 25th, Engineering Discovery Days celebrated 100 years and UWROV had the privilege to be one of the participants!

UWROV participated in Engineering Discovery Days to share with the community the importance of ocean technology and how easy it is for every person to get involved and build their own ROVs. UWROV set up a small pool in which two small PVC pipe ROVs were placed. The controllers were then handed to community members to drive and pick up PVC end-caps off the bottom of the pool. This exhibition represents picking up scientific samples off of the bottom of the ocean and bringing them to the surface for scientists to analyze. The demonstration was a great success! Students especially loved to compete with one another to try to pick up samples faster and so the pool was surrounded all day by shouts of encouragement and groans of frustration when the sample slipped off the arm. UWROV members spent the day discussing with the community about the importance of ocean technology and teaching them how to drive the small vehicles. The team even had some students ask how to build their own small PVC pipe ROV! If you would like to know how to build your own vehicle, visit the MATE website's curriculum page and learn how to build different complexities of ROVs!

April 24th. Students surround the pool as two of them drive their respective ROVs, competing to pick up the 'samples' off of the bottom of the pool, as members of UWROV talk about the importance of ocean technology.

Live on RainyDawg Radio! 

  Published on Friday, Apr. 17, 2015 at 03:41 AM (PDT)
We are very excited to announce that UWROV will be interviewed live on RainyDawg Radio!

Where: RainyDawg Radio  (University of Washington's student run radio station)
When: Monday, April 20th, starting between the hours of 8-10am.
Who: Juliana Pesavento (CEO UWROV) and Adrian Junus (Chief Mechanical Engineer) will be interviewed by Katherine Doughty, the host of 'Cool Things with Humans.'

So, if you are looking for something to listen to on your way to work or while eating breakfast, please join us! (Click on the link above and press the play button in the upper left-hand corner.)

Keep in Touch! 

  Published on Tuesday, Apr. 7, 2015 at 11:33 PM (PDT)
It has only been a day since the campaign started and already supporters have come out of the woodwork to help us. A special thanks to each one of you for your generous support!

We also realized that after this campaign, most of you will not know how to contact the team to find out how they are doing. So, here you go!

Connect with us:
  • Receive our quarterly newsletter! Email uwrov@uw.edu and we will add you to our newsletter mailing list.
  • Check out our website!
  • Like us on Facebook!
  • Connect with us on Google+!

Launching the Campaign! 

  Published on Monday, Apr. 6, 2015 at 06:21 AM (PDT)
The team is very excited to announce the first day of a month long journey. We are very excited to work along side you to make the International MATE Competition a reality!

Thank you for your support!

Likai Chen

Gave $10.00

Craig Reynolds

Gave $100.00

Paul Bromley

Gave $100.00

Marlin Schoonmaker

Gave $250.00

Freddi Fish

Gave $50.00

Leslie and Greg Rice

Gave $50.00

Susan Koch

Gave $200.00

Susan Hautala

Gave $100.00

Russell McDuff

Gave $1,000.00

Helen Cox

Gave $100.00

Mark Holmes

Gave $100.00

Ron Johnson

Gave $250.00

Ian Lee

Gave $10.00

Gregory Cox

Gave $500.00

Aidan Moriarty

Gave $15.00


Gave $20.00

Jeff Horton

Gave $100.00

Mallory Clarke

Gave $10.00

Maryann Nakamura

Gave $100.00

Shirley Zhang

Gave $100.00

Margarete Noe

Gave $100.00

Farzana Ismail

Gave $100.00

Russ and Katherine Schlick Noe

Gave $500.00

Aminah Zainuddin

Gave $100.00

Nancy J Johnson

Gave $50.00

Carole Farley-Toombs

Gave $50.00

Shelley Kaufman

Gave $50.00

Jo Scozzafava

Gave $20.00

Barbara Pesavento

Gave $300.00

Sarah Dewey

Gave $10.00

Scott Daley

Gave $50.00

Evelyn Lessard

Gave $50.00

Jodi Mackey

Gave $20.00

Lynette Rose

Gave $50.00

Patricia Pesavento

Gave $100.00

David Warland

Gave $20.00

T. Z. Chu

Gave $1,000.00

Revina junus

Gave $800.00

Dale and Judy Cockrell

Gave $100.00

Miles Logsdon

Gave $50.00

Langford Family

Gave $200.00

Mike Pesavento

Gave $500.00

Craig Likkel

Gave $100.00

Mark R

Gave $10.00

Rob King

Gave $250.00

Wendy Phippen

Gave $100.00

Novian Junus

Gave $500.00

azlina junus

Gave $100.00

Gerry Pesavento

Gave $100.00

Austin Yeats

Gave $100.00

Jenifer Stender

Gave $50.00

John Harrison

Gave $50.00

Judy Bender

Gave $100.00

Matthew Racz

Gave $5.00

8 supporters have chosen not to be listed for "UWROV: Exploring the Arctic".

Make an Impact


Give $10

Help us build connections and gain experience at the MATE competition. Every bit helps, and we have a place reserved for your name in the Euphotic Zone. Thank you for your contribution!


Give $20

Help us research the science and technology associated with ROVs. Every bit helps, and with this donation, we have a place reserved for your name in the Euphotic Zone. Thank you for your contribution!


Give $50

Help us design a functioning ROV that meets the requirements of the MATE Competition and research expeditions. With this donation, we have a place reserved for your name in the Euphotic Zone. Thank you for your contribution!


Give $100

Help us build and accessorize our ROV. With this donation, we have a place reserved for your name in the Midnight Zone. Thank you for your contribution!


Give $250

Help us test the ROV components to make sure all systems are a go! With this donation, we have a place reserved for your name in the Midnight Zone. Thank you for your contribution!


Give $500

Help us troubleshoot all the problems that will arise (as no project is perfect on the first try). With this donation, we have a place reserved for you in the Abyssal Zone, including a spot for your name or logo on the front page of our website. Thank you for your contribution!

Practice Swim

Give $800

Help us with ROV practice runs, or pay for a student's plane ticket to the International MATE Competition. With this donation, we have a place reserved for your name in the Abyssal Zone, including a spot for your name or logo on the front page of our website. Thank you for your contribution!


Give $1,000

Help us succeed in flying our ROV through the International MATE Competition missions. With this donation, we have a place reserved for your name in the Trenches, including a spot for your name or logo on the ROV itself. Thank you for your contribution!