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A Student Design, Develop, Test, and Deploy Project: Perseus II - Development of an Unmanned Marine System for an Underwater Unexploded Ordnance Mission

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Ocean and Marine Division Technical Session 1

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Ocean and Marine

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26.110.1 - 26.110.53



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Michael Delorme Stevens Institute of Technology (SES)

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Mr. Michael DeLorme
Mr. DeLorme has 11 years of professional experience as a Research Associate/Engineer at Stevens; Davidson Laboratory, DHS National Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce (CSR), and Systems Engineering Research Center. Research concentrations include experimental marine hydrodynamics, unmanned marine vehicles, the implementation of hydro-acoustics for the detection of marine vehicles, and the coordination of complex, multidisciplinary, systems engineering focused student design and development projects.

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Michael Giglia

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Ethan Hayon

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Joseph Huyett

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Donald Montemarano

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Mark Siembab

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A Student Design, Develop, Test & Deploy Project: Perseus II - Development of an Unmanned Marine System for an Underwater Unexploded Ordnance MissionAbstractA team of 5 undergraduate students from University X were challenged by the Rapid ReactionTechnology Office (RRTO) of the Assistant Secretary of Defense with the development anddeployment of an unmanned marine system (UMS). This UMS was intended to help RRTOsolve a challenging societal problem - an estimated 31 million pounds of unexploded ordnance(UXO) sitting on the sea floor off the US coast. A portion of the responsibility for helping toresolve this UXO issue resides with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC).NAVFAC teamed with the RRTO and turned their problem into and an undergraduate studentproject with the hope of spurring some innovation and fresh ideas for solutions to the problem.The multi-disciplinary student team was comprised of mechanical engineering, navalengineering, and computer science students. The problem statement they received was simpleand purposefully generalized, “… assemble an Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV),Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), or UnmannedSurface Vessel (USV) in a relatively short period of time that is capable of searching for,locating, and collecting information on objects that are potentially unexploded ordnance(UXO).” The students had two semesters and a budget of $15,000 to go from this statement to afield demonstration of their solution in Key West, FL.Project based learning and undergraduate capstone design have been shown to be excellenteducational tools. This project’s multi-disciplinary nature, broadly defined real world problem,engaged & thoughtful sponsor, and unique advising requirement produced student outcomes thatcover most if not all of the ABET student outcomes criteria. This paper will cover the projectfrom concept to final successful demonstration including; team forming, academic advising,mission planning, project planning, research, development, fabrication, sensor development,sensor integration, testing, demonstration, reporting, assessment and student outcomes. Followon K-12 STEM outreach with a focus on the “E” conducted by the students and faculty advisorwill also be covered.

Delorme, M., & Giglia, M., & Hayon, E., & Huyett, J., & Montemarano, D., & Siembab, M. (2015, June), A Student Design, Develop, Test, and Deploy Project: Perseus II - Development of an Unmanned Marine System for an Underwater Unexploded Ordnance Mission Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23451

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