Remote underwater exploration


Jesuit High School Carmichael

Cassidy (top row, third from right) poses with Cuttlefish and the 2015-16 robotics team.

Marcos Lopez and Jack Dyer

 “We have won first place in international competition three times in a row,” said Cassidy Nguyen ‘17, a team member of the world famous Jesuit High School Robotics Team. Cassidy has worked with teammates that are highly experienced and have a passion for robotics.

While Cassidy has been with the Jesuit Robotics Team, they have won 17 awards in all. They construct and operate in underwater competitions like the MATE(Marine Advanced Technology Education) international ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) competition.

Last year’s ROV, Cuttlefish, was (at the time) the team’s most advanced and lightest ROV they had ever made. The team had it designed to explore the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico and operate under the frozen crust of one of Jupiter’s moons, Europa. In the past, the Stingray (2015) has been able go to the Arctic for oilfield maintenance and the Predator (2014) explored shipwrecks in the great lakes.

For the last two decades, the team has made advancements in how their ROV does tasks underwater. For example, Jesuit’s Triton ROV (2012) was their first ROV to have printed circuit boards.

For many years, Cassidy has been interested in the word of technology even before he was in the Jesuit Robotics Team.

“My family is full of engineers and aerospace engineers, so I’ve always been exposed to that stuff,” Cassidy said.

When he went to St. Francis Elementary School, Cassidy did many things relating to computer engineering. He joined the Jesuit Robotics Team when he graduated from St. Francis Elementary.

The Jesuit Robotics Team is a highly-experienced, skilled, and is the most proficient high school team in California. Maybe they’ll explore the endless ocean or the deep universe one day.