June 28, 2017 Update
The ROV Team finished eight overall in the 2017 MATE International Competition! We also won awards for the best technical documentation and the best product presentation! Furthermore, rising sophomore, Katherine Mao, won the Flying Fish for her mechanical designs and passion for the ROV field. Read the full press release here. Also view our official team documents and pictures throughout the season by selecting the links below. We already have plans underway for next year where we hope to claim first place in Seattle!
The Purdue ROV attendees posing with the first-place technical documentation award
ROV Cephalopod Render
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 2017 semester. The current team members are below.