Creating robots for the most extreme environments.

The Remotely Operated underwater Vehicle (ROV) team was founded as a committee within Purdue IEEE Student Organization in 2008 with a small but dedicated group of five students. Today, the team's mission is to foster technical and professional skills of its members by designing, constructing, and testing an innovative underwater vehicle to compete in the MATE Center International ROV Competition.

2021 Competition Team

2021 Team at Competition

2021 Competition Team

ROV Triton

The ROV team is comprised of both engineering and non-engineering students working collaboratively on a hands-on project from the vehicle's design and prototyping phase, to its construction and testing, and ultimately competition performance. The team fosters a multidisciplinary spirit so that the best ideas may come forth. In addition to the mission, the MATE competition also requires a professional presentation, public display poster, and technical documentation.

Because the vehicle requires excellence in design, construction, and presentation, the team members are themselves multidisciplinary collaborators and experts in their own discipline. Members learn to communicate clearly with each other and with clients while managing their own project responsibilities. Through various outreach events during the year, the team aims to inspire future generations to enter STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields.

For more current and past information view the links to the left or contact us as The ROV team will be accepting new members at the beginning of each semester.

August, 2021 Update

Purdue ROV competed in Johnson City, TN at the East Tennessee State University from August 5th to August 7th. The team achieved 4th place in the Explorer category and won the Aloha Team Spirit Award. ROV Triton performed admirably at competition, piloting smoothly for both mission runs and the bonus. The team is very proud of its achievements and is excited to see what can be done in the upcoming season as Katherine Sandys takes over as captain.


Katherine Sandys

Computer Engineering

Team Captain

Corina Capuano

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Lead

Read Hedl

Electrical Engineering

Electrical Lead

Jonathan Heidegger

Computer Science

Software Lead