Brian Bingham, Mechanical Engineer: Brian Bingham received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2003. After a brief stint at the Ocean Institute in California, Brian was appointed to a post-doc position at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Deep Submergence Lab. He is currently a faculty member at the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he does research on innovative tools for expanding the capabilities of ocean science for exploring, understanding, and protecting the marine environment. His work includes projects on underwater navigation, autonomous vehicles, and sensor integration. Brian's broad experience in the deep-ocean community makes his contributions to the Ocean Exploration Program invaluable. His skill as a navigator, co-pilot, and a very experienced vehicle control engineer are but a few of the talents Brian brings to the group. He is the recipient of the 2010 Hi Chang Chai Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of Hawaii, College of Engineering, which has made him a great fit for our program's dedication and commitment to mentoring young engineers. He is a highly published author and currently serves as the editor of the Marine Technology Society (MTS) Journal. When not on assignment for Ocean Exploration, Brian resides in Honolulu, Hawaii.