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Remotely Operated underwater Vehicle (ROV) Team

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.

2022-2023 Team at Competition

2023 Team at Competition

ROV Sub-Optimal

ROV X15 ISO-Squid

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, 2023 Update

Purdue ROV competed in Longmont, CO at the 21th MATE World Championship. After an arduous, 15 hour drive, the team reconvened at the hotel to prepare for a week of mission runs, technical presentations, and late night modifications. During the first mission run, our primary camera failed, but undeterred, our intrepid pilot Bryce Sasser still managed to complete several mission tasks! The cameras were brought back online during the last 5 seconds of the run, but Armed with new knowledge, we set out to make all the necessary adjustments and prepare for our second and final mission run. The second run went seamlessly! The ROV piloted effortlessly, and the team scored 125 points in the mission run, narrowly losing out on second place due to a leak sprung in our external float.

Thanks to the dedication and perseverance of our members and leadership, the team placed 6th overall in the explorer class! We look forward to the upcoming season where, under the leadership of Zachary Neel as captain, we will build on the lessons learned with X15 ISO-Squid.


Zachary Neel

Computer Engineering

Team Captain