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Blue Tech Dreams on the USS Midway

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – May 24, 2017 – The latest STEAM Leadership Series event “Blue Tech Dreams: Water & Jobs Everywhere” will take 300 San Diego Unified high school students aboard  the USS Midway Museum, Thursday, June 1, from 9:00 – 10:30 AM PT to learn about San Diego’s new high tech and traditional ocean economy. Keynoters will be champion sailor and philanthropist Malin Burnham, author of Community Before Self, and Dr. Jyotika Virmani, prize lead for the $7 million Shell Ocean X-Prize.  Students will learn about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math,) hear career experiences from five local innovators and tour a festival of exciting ocean exhibits from startups and major companies alike.  Exhibits will include a robotic lifeguard named “Emily” (live water demo)

Students will be welcomed by RADM Mac Mclaughlin (US Navy Ret.) President and CEO of the USS Midway Museum. Following the keynotes, emcee Greg Murphy, executive director of the Maritime Alliance, will lead a career panel on the future of ocean technology, careers and jobs, with a discussion based on questions from students in the audience.

Career Panel speakers include (short bios below):

  • Rusty Jehangir, Founder, Blue Robotics
  • Dr. Daniel Rudnick, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Professor of Climate, Atmospheric Science and Physical Oceanography (Autonomous Ocean Platforms and Global Ocean Observing Systems)
  • Kathryn Carrillo, Senior Contract Administrator, BAE Systems
  • Captain Matt Kallenberg Pacific Tugboat Services,
  • Shannon Waters, Project Manager Smart Fin/Surfrider,

 “We are excited for our students to learn about the growing Blue Economy and the variety of job opportunities that accompany that growth,” said Michael Goodbody, from the office of secondary schools. “One of the coolest things about the Blue Economy is that it is providing jobs that touch so many different career fields. For this event we have recruited students enrolled in a variety of career themed pathways, from transportation to engineering.”


Speaker and Company Bios

  • BAE Systems, Kathryn Carrillo, Senior Contract Administrator BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair is a compact modern shipyard with fully-equipped shops and can plan, manage and perform all levels of repair or modernization, both emergent and regularly scheduled, for more than 50 U.S. Navy vessels home-ported in San Diego and the various commercial ships that make port calls here.
  • Blue Robotics, Rusty Jehangir, Founder ,Elisa Miller. Blue Robotics’ mission is to provide low-cost, high-quality components to enable the future of marine robotics. The BlueROV2 is a capable, flexible and affordable mini-ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle).  BlueRov2.

  • Pacific Tugboat Services, Captain Matt Kallenberg. Pacific Tugboat Service is a locally owned Small Business specializing in marine services & equipment.  The Pacific Tugboat Service fleet of ocean and harbor tugs, crew boats, landing craft, work boats, skiffs, deck barges, tank barges, floating cranes and marine equipment represents the most diverse and capable fleet in southern California.
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Professor of Oceanography Daniel Rudnick, ARGO Float and SPRAY GLIDER, Autonomous Ocean Platforms and Global Ocean Observing Systems.  There are over 4000 Argo floats measuring the world’s oceans in many ways.

  • Smart Fin/Surfrider, Shannon Waters, Project Manager ( The SmartFin is a surfboard fin with sensors that measure important ocean properties that help researchers and coastal communities understand trends in ocean health. With the SmartFin, surfers become citizen scientists, turning wave sets into data sets simply while surfing their favorite breaks.


  • Hydronalix, EMILY Robot Video and another.  Founded in 2009, Hydronalix has become recognized as a leader and international symbol in robotics innovation for beach and flood rescue with our successful patented EMILY product line.
  • Aquaai : robotic fish Liane Thompson, CEO and Simeon Pieterkosky, CVO.   applies bio-mimicry excellence to marine robotics creating robotic fish that mimic real fish. We call these agile and efficient platforms BIV, as in Bio-Inspired Vehicles. BIV platforms maneuver quickly, carrying a payload with interchangeable sensors, gathering data per client need.

Underwater Biospheres for growing herbs and vegetables with full monitoring capability from the surface.

  • Planck Aerosystems, Josh Wells, CEO  and Dave Twining, COO  Planck Aerosystems builds unmanned aerial systems (drones) for the maritime industry– a future where there are drones on every boat.
  • SeaPerch , Dave Massey. SeaPerch is an underwater ROV competition that allows students to build their own ROV and compete against other teams in regional events.  Successful teams advance to the national competition.  They will exhibit their SeaPerch kit and answer questions.
  • Training Resources Limited , Ray Gillip, President.  Leading private maritime training school based in San Diego that trains students to be merchant mariners—exhibiting a sit-down ship’s pilot simulator