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ENGR 100.600:  Underwater Vehicle Design (NAME)


Laura Alford (NAME),

Robin Fowler (TechComm),

Lee Hibbard (TechComm)

Fall Term

Winter Term

“Allowing us to go through the entire process of imagining a solution, designing it, building it, and testing it was really cool. I learned a lot from the project and going through all the different aspects of developing our design.”

– Student

Course Description:

Remotely controlled underwater vehicles are used in a variety of contexts, including monitoring coral reef health, installing offshore wind turbines, and exploring shipwrecks. In this section, you will design, build, and test a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) for underwater exploration. You will learn:

  • Pressure, buoyancy, and stability; basic electrical circuits; and systems design
  • Basic manufacturing skills including 3D modeling and printing, soldering, and construction
  • Team communication and collaboration, technical documentation (presentations and reports), probability, statistics, risk, and ethics

For more information, please see the course website and this more detailed course description.

Term Project:

Design, build, and test a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) that is highly maneuverable underwater and driven by a control box of your own design, and then present your design to the client


Hands-on learning about the basics of hydrodynamics, structures, 3D modeling, and electronics with several weeks devoted to building and testing your team’s ROV

Computer mockup of underwater vehicle tank
Aerial view of two electric circuit boards
Example remotely operated vehicle on work bench