Jim Partan, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

The Arctic Ocean has been and is continuing to change dramatically
due to climate change. Under-ice physical oceanography measurements are
critical to understanding its dynamics, and the remoteness and
inaccessibility of the ice-covered Arctic in winter means that much of the
sampling must be done by autonomous sensor platforms. I will present the
engineering work that my colleagues and I have done over the past decade to
enable underwater robotic vehicles to operate under the Arctic ice cap, in
particular underwater acoustic wireless data communication and acoustic
vehicle navigation. I will also touch on my path as a 1994 Williams
Astrophysics major to a career in electrical and oceanographic
research-and-development engineering.