Remotely Operated underwater Vehicle (ROV) Team



January 9, 2019 Update

Purdue ROV competed in Federal Way, WA at the Weyerhaueser King County Aquatic Center from June 21st to June 23rd. In the first year under captain Alex Ruffino, the team placed 18th out of 28 registered team, and won the Guts and Glory Award for overcoming technical hardship with resolve. Power issues prevented ROV Cetacean from as well as expected, but several technical advances were made with the ROV. A new stabilization system made the ROV easier to pilot, and a magnetic slip coupling quick release system revolutionized tool design. We look forward to the 2018-19 season. See full team pictures here.



About The ROV Team

ROV Cephalopod by the pool

ROV Cephalopod

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.

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 Alexander Ruffino. The ROV team will be accepting new members at the beginning of the Fall 2018 semester. The current team picture is below.

2017-2018 Team Picture

2018 Team


See individual technical team pictures here