UnderWater Remotely Operated Vehicle team (UWROV) at the University of Washington

About Us

Welcome to the website of the UnderWater Remotely Operated Vehicle team (UWROV) at the University of Washington!

This website is currently under construction.

The UWROV team is a group of undergraduate students that design, build and operate underwater robots, which are called Remotely Operated Vehicles or ROVs. We will be competing in the 2018 Marine Advanced Technology and Education (MATE) competition in June of 2018. The team operates at the University of Washington campus in Seattle, located on the peninsula between Lake Union and Lake Washington, and just minutes from downtown Seattle and the Puget Sound.

If you are a current University of Washington undergraduate student and would like to join the team for the 2017-2018 academic year, or if you would just like to find out more about the team, please contact us directly at uwrov@uw.edu

Enjoy the images below.

See The Current Team

Sponsor Information

We would like to thank all our sponsors with their generous help in supporting our endeavors. Without them we wouldn't have gotten this far.

Our major contributors:



If you would like to contribute, please contact us at uwrov@uw.edu. See our 2015 Fundraising Campaign!

Remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) are tethered underwater vehicles which are used in many applications for underwater research and industry. ROVs are neutrally buoyant, highly maneuverable, unmanned vehicles that are operated remotely through their tether by a crew of operations officers residing on a ship.

ROVs have three main components: surface operations, the tether, and the vehicle itself. The surface operations is where the crew of operations officers control the ROV. The surface operations are located on the ship from which the ROV is being deployed. The tether is a power and communications cable which runs from the ship to the ROV. It is a key component as it allows direct interaction between the operations officers on the surface and the ROV underwater. Vehicles, on the other hand, do not have one overall function as they are usually built for a specific application. In the ROV industry there are ROVs for research, where the ROV is covered in sensors and ways to collect samples for science; and ROVs for industry, usually pertaining to oil. ROVs are useful in today's society as they allow humanity to explore and research areas that are too extreme for human capabilities.


Testing from a boat
Eris Dock Testing