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ENGR 100.600:  Underwater Vehicle Design (NAME)


Laura Alford (NAME),

Robin Fowler (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:

In our section, you will work in a team of five to design, build, test, and communicate about a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), sometimes called a submersible, for underwater exploration. The ROV has a set of tasks that it will need to do, but otherwise this is a “free design” project with minimal constraints on size, shape, and function. You will have an opportunity to test your ROV in the towing tank at the Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratory (MHL) in West Hall.

We will touch on the following engineering topics within the context of the ROV project: team communication and collaboration, 3D modeling and printing, pressure, buoyancy, stability, technical documentation (presentations and reports), basic electric circuits, systems design, probability, statistics, risk, and ethics.

This course will likely be of greatest interest to those students looking to major in naval architecture & marine engineering, but any student who is interested in a rewarding, hands-on introduction to engineering at U-M is very welcome. You can read more about the course at this 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; then present your design to the client

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