About Us

Full Team Picture

7 AUVSI National
Championships

52

members

10

majors

CUAUV is entirely undergraduate-run, consisting of over 50 students spanning numerous academic disciplines. The team offers a holistic engineering experience developing cutting-edge technology; students control the entire design, manufacturing, testing and revision cycle.

As a seven-time RoboSub champion, CUAUV embodies a tradition of excellence and continuously pushes the envelope of autonomous underwater vehicle technology.

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Mechanical Subteam

The mechanical subteam uses Solidworks to design the custom enclosures, racks, and structures on the vehicles. Throughout the design process, rigorous finite element analysis is run on each assembly to ensure every part will perform successfully under high loads.
Every component is manufactured in house with mills, lathes, and CNC machines to a tolerance of 0.005 inches. Mechanical members then integrate and test all assemblies up to fifty feet underwater.

Katherine Knecht

Mechanical Lead

Senior

Jueun Kwon

Mechanical Lead

Senior

Grace Shirota

Member

Senior

Henry Wolf

Member

Junior

Anunth Ramaswami

Member

Junior

Aravind Ramaswami

Member

Junior

Andrés Blanco

Member

Junior

Kavya Mittha

Member

Sophomore

Joshua Ryan

Member

Sophomore

Shawn Wang

Member

Sophomore

Sarah Grace Brown

Member

Sophomore

Ana Hoffman Sole

Member

Sophomore

Liza Kuntz

Member

Freshman

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Electrical Subteam

The electrical subteam works to connect the software running on the main computer with the rest of the submarine, ensuring efficiency with the vehicle’s power, sensor, and mechatronics systems. Members design, layout, and populate custom printed circuit boards (PCBs), which all connect via an integrated backplane. New improvements have allowed the entire backbone of the submarines to be modular and nearly identical across both vehicles, improving the functionality and reliability of both machines. Battery management boards allow for reliable monitoring and protection against power spikes.

Parker Schless

Electrical Lead

Junior

Kathryn Zhang

Member

Senior

Ian Thomas

Member

Senior

Karl Chen

Member

Junior

Jeffrey Lederman

Member

Sophomore

Connor Lynaugh

Member

Sophomore

Victoria Chan

Member

Sophomore

Vaishnavi Vednere

Member

Sophomore

Isabella Frank

Member

Freshman

Rayanu Adam

Member

Freshman

Wali Afridi

Member

Sophomore

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Software Subteam

The software subteam writes all of the code that executes on the submarine's main computer and any additional infrastructure and tooling. They develop all software for vehicle control and computer vision, and constantly improve each year. They also build auxiliary software such as simulation, visualization, and automation tools that enable us to efficiently develop mission systems that accomplish the requisite task. Finally, the software team releases all of their in-house software stack for anyone, including other teams, to learn from and use on their own AUVs. Parts or all of the software stack is currently used on many vehicles both in and out of the competition.

Aaron Fink

Software Lead

Senior

Shuyu Cao

Member

Senior

Sharon Wu

Member

Senior

Yvette Copeland

Member

Junior

Jeffrey Qian

Member

Junior

Sean Cavalieri

Member

Junior

Sarah Ha

Member

Junior

Nathaniel Navarro

Member

Junior

Collin Li

Member

Sophomore

Jacqueline Wen

Member

Sophomore

Josh Faber

Member

Sophomore

Anthony Fei

Member

Sophomore

Serena Zhang

Member

Freshman

Maggie Gao

Member

Freshman

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Business Subteam

The business subteam connects the technical work that the rest of the team does with the outside world. This includes sponsors, which are companies and individuals who sponsor us to help the team get the materials it needs to build the best AUVs possible. We also work to create outreach events to give back to the Cornell and Ithaca communities. Finally, we work on design for everything from apparel to a sponsorship packet to website design.

Victoria Stephens

Business Lead

Senior

Elizabeth Kelmenson

Member

Senior

Danielle Xu

Business Grandpappy

Senior

Miguel Roberts

Member

Senior

Kammi Wong

Business Lead

Sophomore

Matthew Puzzini

Member

Junior

Adora Gao

Member

Sophomore

Gabriel Mallare

Member

Sophomore

Wei Ouyang

Member

Sophomore

Michael Ojo

Member

Freshman

Matthew Hope

Member

Sophomore

Angel Zhou

Member

Sophomore