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A boat that floats itself

Team 20 Nautilus is designing software for a boat to sail itself.

With the help Michael Ruane, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the College of Engineering, Team 20 Nautilus students, from left, Nicole  Durante (ENG 06), Nick Cipollo (ENG 06) and John Noonan (ENG 06) are developing software to allow this boat to be controlled autonomously. 

The boat was donated by the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, R.I.  The project is sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems (CenSSIS).  Earlier teams have used smaller boats designed in Mechanical Engineering senior design teams. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky