CUAUV is a project team composed of around 45 undergraduate students from freshman to seniors that competes in AUVSI’s international Robosub competition. Each year, we design, build, program, and test a completely new autonomous submarine; in August, we ship our sub down to San Diego, put it in a 200’x300′ Navy testing pool, press the green button, and cheer it on as it navigates a complicated underwater obstacle course with no human intervention whatsoever: ramming buoys, dropping markers on objects, firing torpedoes through particularly colored targets, re-positioning PVC structures, and more. CUAUV constructs our submarine from the ground up, fusing skills, tools, and curricula of relevance from mechanical, electrical, software, and organizational engineering. This year, were pursuing a long-held team-wide goal: the creation of two separate submarines which can work synergistically with each other during the competition in order to provide a new level of redundancy and in-water decisionmaking/optimization. In addition, were continuing the integration of a generic electrical communication protocol, refining our vectorized thrust concept from last year in order to adequately deal with measured torques, revamping several software subsystems, and redesigning our well-loved but slightly out-of-fashion website.

First Place Overall, AUVSI Robosub Competition: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2003 Second Place Overall, AUVSI Robosub Competition: 2011, 2004, 2002, 2000

Faculty Advisor:
Robert Shepherd, MAE
Bruce Land, ECE

Student Leader:
Joseph Featherston,


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