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MATE National ROV Competition
June 19-21, 2003
Zesiger Center, MIT

DeepArch is co-sponsoring the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center National ROV design and building competition at MIT. The goals of the competition are to increase the awareness of marine technical fields and to encourage students to participate in them, while also helping students develop the skills they will need for a career in marine technology. Another important goal is to facilitate connections between students and educators and professionals working in the marine field.

For more information, see: or contact Jill Zande at

Public Lecture: Deep-sea Archaeology via Telepresence
Dr. Robert Ballard, University of Rhode Island & Institute for Exploration
May 1, 2003
2:00 PM, Bartos Theater (MIT Building E15, Media Lab Lower Level)

Hear about the future of deep sea exploration from the man who led the expedition that found the Titanic. Dr. Robert Ballard has discovered numerous shipwrecks and archaeological sites in the deep ocean, from Titanic and Bismarck to well-preserved ancient Phoenician, Greek and Roman wrecks. He and his research team are currently developing the next generation of technology to bring scientists to the deep sea floor remotely as never before.


Mini-Symposium: Civil War High Tech: Excavating the Hunley and Monitor
John Broadwater (NOAA), Director & Chief Archaeologist, Monitor National Marine Sanctuary
Maria Jacobsen, Chief Archaeologist, Hunley Project
Brendan Foley (MIT), “Naval Engineering in the Civil War”
David Mindell (MIT), “Technology and Experience aboard the Monitor”
Merritt Roe Smith (MIT), moderator & commentator
April 25, 2003
1:00 - 4:00 PM, Killian Hall (MIT Building 14W Room 111)

In the last few years, archaeologists have recovered two of the Civil War’s most startling inventions: the Union ironclad warship Monitor and the Confederate submarine Hunley. Come hear about the high-tech projects that have brought these inventions to light from the deep sea, and what they teach us about technology and the Civil War.

For a video link to the mini-symposium, go to


Public Lecture: To the Far Depths: A Personal Odyssey
Dr. Donald Walsh, USN (Ret.)
March 14, 2003
5:00 PM, Gilliland Auditorium (MIT Building 66 Room 110)

Did you know that the record for the world’s deepest dive was set in 1960? (more than 35,000 feet!) Come hear the man who made this epic plunge, and his story of technology, the Cold War, and descent into the abyss.






Deep Water Archaeology Research Group
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave. Rm e51-194
Cambridge, MA 02139



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