We All Live in the Yellow Submarine

AUVC logo BRAIN Logo

What happens when you put three bright, foolhardy, and bored sophomores together in search of a project?

Early in the fall of 1999, Nidhi Kalra, Serguei Vassilvitskii, and I decided to form a team to represent Cornell in the Third International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition. Under the generous sponsorship of Professor Kevin Kornegay, Electrical Engineering, two independent teams were formed in late September/early October. Little did we know of the challenges that were to face us in this daunting systems engineering task. In June 2000, due to a shortage of summer manpower, the teams were merged to a unified Cornell team, and the race was on to complete the submarine for the competition.

We won Second Place, tying with two-time winner and competition favorite MIT.

Photos of the submarine
Photos from the competition

External links

Cornell University Press Release
Team Home
Competition page (current)
Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems, International (AUVSI)
Office of Naval Research, United States Navy