Marine Robotics Team
  • The underwater glider built by the Marine Robotics Team
    The underwater glider built by MRT
    Ed Moriarty

The Marine Robotics Team was formed in 2011 from the MIT ORCA team for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles and the MIT Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Team. The ORCA and ROV teams focused on designing and building vehicles for annual competitions. The team transitioned from a competition based team to the marine robotics team, which is focused on using fun, non-competitive projects to introduce students to ocean engineering concepts. The current project is an underwater glider that uses syringes to shift water as ballast causing it to move up and down in the water.


Marine Robotics Team At a glance

Number of Members:

23 members in 2019-2020
Year began: 
Tom Consi
Recent events:

MRT and Edgerton Instructor Ed Moriarty traveled to Ketchikan, Alaska, in summer of 2012 for the first sea trials of the team’s underwater glider. The team exceeded test requirements by running untethered in 300' of water and cycling down to a depth of 45'. In the fall of 2012 the team traveled to the Naval Surface Warfare Center (Carderock) in Bethesda, Maryland, for further trials of their glider.