I started out in the oil industry in new product development for subsea actuators and ROV tooling at FMC. After about three years, I found a perfect transition away from Oil and Gas with Applied Research Laboratories at UT Austin working on DoD and DARPA projects. In this transition, I moved from designing for 3000m depths to full ocean depths (~6500m). I started out designing Obstacle Avoidance Sonar Arrays for the Seawolf class submarines, which was very challenging, but found my bliss in designing deepwater autonomous systems... anything from passive sonar array survey systems to spar buoys and ship deployed explosive sound sources. In that time, I logged 330 days at sea on 11 different missions with about 3 deployments and recoveries per mission. These systems that I deployed and recovered (and never lost one) were designs that I brought from inception to final product. I was fortunate enough to participate in NSF's Shallow Water Experiment out of Woods Hole. I deployed and recovered a shallow water survey system on WHOI's R/V Knorr. There I met John Kemp and his crew. Soon after that I came to work at WHOI under Don Peters. I was brought on board at the inception of the OOI project, where I managed a team of ME's and developed a stage-gate design approach for the 88+ systems that were to be designed with Oregon State, Scripps, and APL-UW. I have returned to Texas the past four years to teach at UT Austin Mechanical Engineering Department teaching undergrads and graduate students about design and manufacturing in the ocean environment. At the same time, I have been consulting with Stone Aerospace working on an HROV design called Artemis for a NASA Europa project (SIMPLE). My latest venture has been with a IOT startup company Nuve, Inc where I was the lead Mechanical Engineer who oversaw all new product designs, as well as bring new products to market and handled PLM and QA/QC with a Contract Manufacturer in Juarez, Mexico as well as Shenzhen, China.