The MATE ROV Competition uses remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to inspire and challenge students! Students learn and creatively apply science, technology, and math (STEM) to solve real-world problems and strengthen their critical thinking, collaboration, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

We are the Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles Team at the University of Washington. We are a team of undergraduates that design, build, and compete with underwater robots in the international MATE ROV Competition.
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Thank You To All Our 2020-2021 Sponsors!

Our sponsors are crucial to making our team’s work possible.
Without our generous sponsors, it would not have been possible to make the 2021 MATE World Championship

Because we are a student-run organization, we rely on donations and sponsor support for our yearly competing costs.
Our sponsors allows us to pay for competition fees, pay for materials and components, attend outreach events, and more!

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Our Mechanical subgroup designs and manufactures the frame, pressure hold, manipulator, and other tools aboard our ROV. They make heavy use of CAD Software (Computer Aided Design) and rapid prototyping for precision engineering.


Our Electrical subgroup designs, manufactures, and implements the electronics used by our ROV, which includes everything from sensors to thrusters to onboard embedded devices.


Our Software subgroup drives all aspects of our ROVs operating systems and interface controls. They work with current machine learning, computer vision, and web design tools to meet competition spec.


Our Business subgroup works closely with the other teams to deliver competition-critical documentation and marketing. They organize outreach and connect with sponsors and media partners.

Upcoming Recruitment Events

Explore the deep sea with Nautilus Live + UWROV

2-3 PM on Friday, September 24th, HUB 214

Join UWROV from 2-3 PM for a live Q&A with the scientists and engineers of Nautilus Live, a network of ocean explorers who use underwater robots to livestream deep-sea exploration! We'll be talking about ocean technology, science communication, and exciting discoveries from the deep.

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Submit questions here!

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Be The Robot Relay

2-4 PM on Monday, September 27th, Quad

Be the Robot in our relay race! Move coral fragments, carry eels, and collect sponges* as a team or on your own to compete for the fastest time. The top-scoring team will win a special prize! The relay race will be open from 2-4 PM, and snacks will be provided for all participants.

(*No actual animals will be involved!)

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Information Sessions

Learn more about UWROV and how you can get involved! We will be holding two information sessions, with more information below. Please be aware that these dates and locations may change slightly-- signing up for our mailing list is the best way to be notified if changes occur.

Info Session 1:

6:30-7:30 PM on Monday, October 4th

HUB 106

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Info Session 2:

5:30-6:30 PM on Wednesday, October 6th

Ocean Teaching Building (OTB 051)

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If you’re unable to attend in person, feel free to tune in via Zoom. You will need to be logged in with your UW account to access it.

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Our members represent a wide swath of fields from Engineering, Computer Science, Oceanography, Marine Biology, Environmental Health, and more. While we are primarily an engineering organization, non-STEM students are encouraged to apply.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with a priority deadline of Friday, October 8th at 11:59 PM. Decisions for priority applications will be returned the week of October 18th.

Applications submitted after this deadline will still be considered on a case-by-case basis. We receive a large number of applications each year, so we recommend that you apply early!


How can I improve my chances of getting accepted?

Part of this depends on what positions need to be filled, so there's no guaranteed answer. That being said, showing up to our recruitment events and our information sessions is a great way for us to get to know you and connect a face to a name (more information will be posted soon to the UWROV website + mailing list). Applications submitted before the priority deadline are more likely to be accepted.

Do you accept freshmen/people without robotics experience?

Yes! We accept students with a wide variety of backgrounds and experience levels, and encourage everyone to apply.


School of Oceanography
University of Washington
Room 239 OSB, Box 355351
Seattle, WA 98195-5351


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