Eric Prechtl, Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineer: Eric Prechtl is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds both a Masters degree and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Penn State University. Since 2007, he has held a position as an Adjunct Instructor at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, where he teaches courses in Mechanical Design and Mechanical and Aerospace Systems. Eric is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and is a successful recipient of the very competitive government-sponsored Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) research and development programs that award Research & Development funds to small, high-technology companies and research institutions. Eric has joined the Ocean Exploration team as an interdisciplinary talent, in an effort for our program to explore the benefits of crossing traditional boundaries with respect to the talent we seek to explore the world's oceans. He brings a new perspective to the program, with processes and attention to detail our program very much appreciates. He has fast become an excellent navigator and is working with our other teammates to develop ways in which we plan our equipment maintenance, repair, and future system improvements. When not on assignment for Ocean Exploration, Eric resides in Groton, Massachusetts.