Technologic: AUI Team "Optimus SAVOY" Wins MATE ROV



The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center is a consortium of organizations whose mission is to “use marine technology to inspire and challenge students to learn and creatively apply science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to solving real-world problems in a way that strengthens critical thinking, collaboration, entrepreneurship, and innovation.” One of the crucial ways in which MATE increases marine education is by hosting its “MATE ROV” Competitions around the world, giving young students the opportunity to develop remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) whose uses—varied though they are—are all geared towards helping ameliorate the maritime world.



This year’s competition—which took place at the Arab Academy for Science Technology and Maritime Transport in Alexandria, Egypt, on April 11-14, 2018—asked students to focus their projects on “Jet City: Aircraft, Earthquakes, and Energy” and the role that ROVs play in supporting underwater archaeology, seismology, and renewable energy activities in the Pacific Northwest.


Rising to the challenge, Oumaima Lamaakel (BSGE, Class of 2018), Farouk Lemyesser (BSCS, Class of 2020), Jade El Haimer, (BSGE, class of 2021), Nizar Sabbar (BSCS, Class of 2021), and Yassine Charouif (BSEMS, Class of 2021) came together under the banner of “Optimus SAMOY” to present sixth member of their team, an ROV of their own design named “Mizuchi Vody” capable of navigating aircraft wreckage areas, retrieving samples of interest, and installing ocean instrumentation at the seafloor bottom.


This year marks Optimus SAMOY’s second attempt at winning MATE ROV. Last year, the team came in second with their invention O.S.. This year, however, Optimus SAMOY was able to pull ahead with the help of Mizuchi Vody, securing first place.