Stevens Students Taking Part in an Office of the Secretary of Defense Underwater Vehicle Demonstration

4/3/2012

Students from Stevens are taking part in a two semester research, design, build and demonstrate project named Perseus, sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Rapid Reaction Technology Office.  Participants will examine emerging technologies that may be of significant interest to the Department of Defense (DoD).

The objective of Perseus is to explore if a party, with modest resourcing and in a relatively short period of time, could assemble an Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV), Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) or Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) capable of conducting a specified mission.  It also provides a venue for students to demonstrate their multidisciplinary engineering skills.  Perseus will culminate with the opportunity for each student team to demonstrate their engineering skills by running their underwater vehicle in the Florida Keys.

Four academic institutions are taking part in Perseus during the 2012 calendar year.  Teams consist solely of undergraduate students under the guidance of faculty advisors. The schools have been provided modest funding to procure components for their AUV/ROV/UUV, and travel to the Perseus final demonstration site at Florida Keys Community College.

Participating institutions are Florida Atlantic University, Florida Keys Community College, Georgia Institute of Technology and Stevens Institute of Technology.

The Perseus demonstration, associated presentations, and reports will provide Department of Defense and related stakeholders insight into a number of rapidly evolving technical areas of interest through the innovation of America’s next generation of engineers and scientists.