The REMUS Project – Getting Off the Ground and Underwater

December 20, 2017
REMUS introduction

Science Department Chair Peter Southam explains the REMUS project at Assembly.

The Science Department announced a partnership today with Ryan Marine in connection with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Woods Hole, MA to refurbish a decommissioned REMUS 100, an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) donated to Gould by the U.S. Navy.

The project came to fruition thanks in part to Aidan Ryan ’20 and his family when they saw the potential for collaboration. Ryan Marine, their family business, specializes in the launch and recovery and the research and development of the REMUS and other UUV’s. They were instrumental in putting the pieces together to get this project off the ground, and getting the REMUS to Gould.

REMUS at Assembly

The REMUS 100 displayed at Assembly, while Mr. Bernier, Aidan Ryan ’20, and Mr. Murphy look on.

The REMUS was funded by the U.S. Navy and developed by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for mine identification and detection. The REMUS has almost unlimited applications. They can be used for everything from collecting data for underwater geological surveys and pipeline surveillance to studying great white sharks and monitoring grouper fisheries off the coast of Belize. The current Marine Science – Explorations of the Gulf of Maine elective is just one of the many ways Gould hopes to leverage the sophisticated submersible.

Currently, the project is in its infancy. The group needs to discover what’s necessary for the rebuild, and what the UUV is capable of. And they’re looking for more students to get involved. Here’s a short list of a few of the positions the team is currently seeking.

Project Engineers & Students with an interest in Marine Biology

The team needs ideas for projects that will fully take advantage of the REMUS’ capabilities. Do you have an idea for a marine science research project, or would you be willing to manage one?

REMUS Programmers

The team needs programmers and coders to instruct the AUV where to go, what to do, and to interact with sonar software.

Mechanical Designers

The REMUS needs a nose piece that will seal the unit, and house the various sensors and cameras it will have on board for collecting data. It also runs on electricity, so battery packs need to be designed and installed.

Documentation & Marketing

Maybe you’re not so into science, but you really want to be a part of this cool project. The team is also looking for students who can document and keep records, as well as social media specialists who can share the work with the rest of the world via blog posts, video, photos, and more.


The REMUS 100 Project is going to be a rich experiential learning opportunity for students who want to learn more about the world of marine tech.

The REMUS Team is:

Jerry Bernier
Matt Murphy
Peter Southam
Todd Siekman
Aidan Ryan



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