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ENGR 100.600:  Underwater Vehicle Design (NAME)


Laura Alford (NAME),

Robin Fowler (TechComm),

Mariel Krupansky (TechComm)

Winter Term

“This class was just really cool. And almost all of the staff are very willing to help and eager to see you succeed (Laura and Robin definitely are). I loved how hands–on this class was, and the end result was a great experience.”

– 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 can read more about the course at this detailed course description. 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 a more detailed course description, see this link: https://sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/laura-k-alford/teaching/engr100coursedescription

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