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Winter Seminar: Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Please mark your calendars to hear guest speaker - Will Anderson

Location: EC 326

Time: 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Title: "Wave Glider"

Abstract
The Wave Glider is a new type of ocean going autonomous vehicle that is unique in that it is propelled
by the ocean’s waves. Developed at Liquid Robotics, a Silicon Valley startup, the vehicle harvests wave
energy using a mechanical mechanism, converting it into thrust. Since no motor or fuel is required, the
Wave Glider can stay on the water for a year or more at a time and cross entire oceans unattended,
exploring the sea along the way. This talk will briefly review the development history of the vehicle,
discuss how it works and illustrate the concept using underwater video of an actual vehicle, and explain
the motivations for developing the vehicle. A few of the accomplishments and missions to date will be
described along with some of the challenges a vehicle of this type encounters while conducting long
endurance missions. Finally, the presentation will provide a brief glimpse into the future of the Wave
Glider, where the vehicles are going and what is hoped to be achieved.


Biography
Will Anderson earned his BSME degree from San Jose State University and spent the first 10 years of his
career designing missiles and satellites at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company in Sunnyvale. He left
aerospace to work on commercial products and spent the next 10 years engineering audio and video
conferencing devices, graphic supercomputers, and optical networking equipment at such companies as
Plantronics, Polycom, and Silicon Graphics as well as various startups. Since then he spent 7 years in the
consulting field working on a variety of projects including robotic power tools, cooling systems for laser
TV’s, ultralow flow toilets, and novel solar array technology. During this latter period he went back to
school and earned a MSME in mechatronics from Santa Clara University. He is currently a Principle
Engineer at Liquid Robotics where he is working on the next generation of the Wave Glider, a wave
powered autonomous ocean going vehicle.