Exploring the upper ocean

Tandon Laboratory at UMass Dartmouth

Month: April 2024

Debarshi presents at Sigma Xi exhibit, UMass Dartmouth

Debarshi with his poster

Tandon lab PhD student Debarshi Sarkar presented his poster “Inaccuracies in Reanalysis Products: A Case Study in Arabian Sea from 2017 to 2018”, at the Sigma Xi poster exhibit, UMass Dartmouth on April 17th and 18th, 2024.

Aurelia MUST-V Kickoff Meeting

(L-R) Dr. Amit Tandon, Dr. Ruolin Zhou, Dr. Lauren Freeman, Dr. Oliver Sun and Patrick Pasteris with Aurelia

After a successful proposal to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Marine and Undersea Technology Program V (MUST V), Tandon Labs kicked off its first meeting for the continued development  of the Aurelia Upper Ocean Profilers. In attendance were two NUWC partners Lauren Freeman and Oliver Sun, the co-principal investigators Dr. Amit Tandon and Dr. Ruolin Zhou, as well as Research Technician and Aurelia inventor Patrick Pasteris.

The kickoff meeting signifies the beginning of 3 years of funding towards the continue development of the Aurelia UOP, which is a low-cost ultra-lightweight buoyancy vehicle being developed at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. The profiler is focused on the upper 200m of the ocean and is meant to be an inexpensive alternative to the high-cost deep ocean profilers currently being deployed.

Over the course of this program, the Aurelia UOP will see a complete redesign of the electrical system into a single circuit board to ease production and assembly, increase reliability and also reduce power consumption. The software system will also receive a large upgrade, with multiple ease-of-use implementations planned including a brand new user-interface, real-time data visualization as well as improved mission planning and data offloading. The mechanical system isn’t being overlooked; a parking brake mechanism as well as the exploration of form factors and other improvements to the buoyancy pump will be investigated and implemented.

Sid Kerhalkar participates in the 3MT Thesis competition at UMass Dartmouth

Sid presenting at 3 MT thesis competition

Sid Kerhalkar recently participated in a 3 MT thesis competition held in Grand Reading Room at UMass Dartmouth. Organized by Office of the Associate Provost for Graduate Studies, Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition which challenges graduate research students (PhD and Masters by Research) to present a compelling oration on their thesis topic and its significance in just three minutes.  The competition develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students’ capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

It was indeed an interesting experience for Sid to narrow his research within a 3 minute pitch.

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