Here is a list of updates that have been posted on the ROV website! You can also find an overview about our previous seasons under the history tab to the left.

2021 Summer

August, 2021 Update

Purdue ROV competed in Johnson City, TN at the East Tennessee State University from August 5th to August 7th. The team achieved 4th place in the Explorer category and won the Aloha Team Spirit Award. ROV Triton performed admirably at competition, piloting smoothly for both mission runs and the bonus. The team is very proud of its achievements and is excited to see what can be done in the upcoming season as Katherine Sandys takes over as captain.

2021 Spring

April, 2021 Update

After a unique year of meetings with covid precautions and a half completed vehicle to be finished, the team has qualified for the 2021 MATE World Competition! Grant Geyer guided the team through the many shifts and sought to consolidate designs for reliability, technical challenge, and feasbility. Several innovations were introduced such as a resin printed pneumatic manifold, a USB borescope camera system, and continual improvements. The team looks forward to continuing its frequent pool tests and practicing as much as possible before the competition. Next year, Katherine Sandys will head the team and lead it to new innovations and achievements.

2020 Fall

November, 2020

The 2020-2021 season marks a unique season for the team as they try to continue operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Heading into this season, the team experienced change with several of the leads for technical teams assuming their role for the first time. The team has taken the foundation of X12 that was constructed the prior season before the suspension and is building upon that to create the next iteration of the ROV, X13. Two of the main improvements planned for X13 are a more accessible yet powerful electronics design utilizing Power over Ethernet and a software system leveraging more powerful hardware for a more capable ROV. This season we have two prominent R&D projects with the development of custom thrusters, rather than relying on the narrow choice presented by Blue Robotics and the development of welded enclosures aimed at improving resource efficiency. While there are still restrictions in place at Purdue that alter the progress of the ROV, the team is continuing to progress while ensuring that they’re following all Protect Purdue guidelines to maintain a safe working environment. The team is proud of its progress so far and is excited to see its hard work take form.

2020 Suspension

March, 2020

The 2019-2020 season marked an exciting and bustling new season for the team. The team experienced its fourth change in captaincy with Grant Geyer heading the team. Also new are many of the leads for technical teams. The team pursued many new designs and approaches toward making X12, in addition to several refinements from ROV Remora. The R&D department found new ethernet cameras that were more reliable and PoE compatible for an nearly independent camera system. The major mechanical improvements include a faster and effective method of using a ring clamp to seal the logic electronics tube and the use of 3D prints to house thrusters and to provide buoyancy in conjuntion with expanding marine foam. With the suspension of all Purdue activities and the cancellation of the MATE competition, the team is now working at a very limited capacity to prepare ROV X12 for a pool test when available. The team is excited to see its hard work come to completion when normal activities resume.

2019 Competition

July, 2019

The year 2019 marked an improvement for the team, with many leaders returning to their positions. The team improved 5 places to finish 13th at the competition and had the second best technical report. The team maintained a similar size of students. In 2019, the competition was hosted in Kingsport, TN by Eastman. The team aimed for an ambitious design, changing the tools system to use pneumatics, the electrical system to CAN and ethernet cameras, and the software system to Robot Operating System. These switches made ROV Remora more robust, but delayed testing and made integration more difficult. The team is very proud of its achievements and excited to see where the upcoming season goes under the new leadership.

2018 Competition

January 9, 2019

Purdue ROV competed in Federal Way, WA at the Weyerhaueser King County Aquatic Center from June 21st to June 23rd. In the first year under captain Alex Ruffino, the team placed 18th out of 28 registered team, and won the Guts and Glory Award for overcoming technical hardship with resolve. Power issues prevented ROV Cetacean from as well as expected, but several technical advances were made with the ROV. A new stabilization system made the ROV easier to pilot, and a magnetic slip coupling quick release system revolutionized tool design. We look forward to the 2018-19 season. See full team pictures here.

2018 Team Pictures

April 13, 2018

The 2018 ROV Team pictures are now posted. See the individual technical and administrative team pictures here.

2018 Team

The 2018 ROV Team

Post-Competition Update

June 28, 2017

2017 Competition Team with Tech Report Award

Purdue posing with the first-place tech report award

The ROV Team finished eighth overall in the 2017 MATE International Competition! We also won awards for the best technical documentation and the best product presentation! Furthermore, rising sophomore, Katherine Mao, won the Flying Fish for her mechanical designs and passion for the ROV field. Read the full press release here. Also view our official team documents and pictures throughout the season by selecting the history tab. We already have plans underway for next year where we hope to claim first place in Seattle!

Pre-Competition Update

June 20, 2017

The ROV Team is competing in the MATE International Competition June 23-25. Read our pre-competition newsletter here and follow us live at MATE's website. We are proud to present our ninth ROV in Long Beach, CA, ROV Cephalopod! Feel free to check out our spec sheet. We will release more of our documents and pictures after the competition!


ROV Cephalopod Picture

Mid-Semester Update

March 2017

The ROV Team is currently finishing up manufacturing and integration of key ROV components. Checkout our March newsletter here. We are well on our way to success in the MATE International ROV competition in Long Beach, CA!

Happy New Year!

January 2017

The ROV Team began its ninth season with over 50 members! The team has made tremendous progress on the ROV designs the first semester and are now eagerly ready to manufacture the ROV. Checkout our our newsletter here. We are well on our way for the 2017 competition in Long Beach, CA. Designs for the MATE competition!

New Season

August 2016

Interested in joining the team this year? Come to our first meeting on Wednesday, August 31 at 5:30pm in Hampton 1144! We have lots of exciting plans for this year and hope to finish first in 2017! You will be asked to fill out this brief application to join

2016 Competition

June 2016

Purdue ROV competed in Houston, TX from June 22 - 25, 2016 at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Lab! Thanks for all who supported our team at the competition and throughout the year! We had a wonderful technical presentation, an excellent poster, and great technical documentation. We had some electronics issues during the mission runs but were still able to place 13th internationally! Additionally, Kyle Rakos was awarded with the Flying Fish award for his passion and demonstrated leadership in the field! We will soon add more details under Past Seasons and Pictures!