June Update

Happy June! Welcome to our monthly newsletter, where we provide updates on the progress and work of the team.

With the competition deadline fast approaching on June 27th, we’re preparing all our material. In addition, we are continuing testing in the MHL (Marine Hydrodynamics Lab).

As we add approach the end of June, stay tuned for a new website layout and lots of new content.

Check out this link to learn more about this year’s competition:

Introducing, Huron.


The Mechanical team has been working primarily on our skills video, which overviews the hull design of the vehicle, as well as developing renders and animations to use as graphics to show off our sub.

This month:

  • Created animations showing the exploded view of our sub and various mechanisms

  • Worked on cleaning up and updating our master CAD file, which contains parts for the entire sub

  • Writing and completing technical design report (TDR) sections related to mechanical design

  • Working on solving the issue with the sub’s balance

Upcoming Goals:

  • Finish up all the material for the competition

  • Continuing work on animations and renders, which will also be useful in the future when displaying the sub

  • Starting the development of a new sub


The Software team has been working on redesigning and evaluating machine learning models based testing at the MHL (Marine Hydrodynamics Lab) and debugging our software so that we will be able to complete competition tasks. In addition, the team has been working on competition submissions.

This month:

  • Redesigned some object approach logic based on testing in the MHL

  • Created metrics to assess and compare our 5 completed machine learning models and a graphic to show their differences. While model 1 started with a high mean, it’s wide standard deviation and low mean indicated it was over fit, a result of the limited dataset it was trained with. With larger and more varied datasets, we’ve created incrementally better models up to model 5 which has our highest median so far.

  • Completed the script for the Sensor Optimization Video competition task. In addition to the footage we’ve collected, we’ll be shooting in the Ford Building later this week.

Upcoming Goals:

  • Complete competition items including recording and editing our video, writing our portion of the TDR, and creating more website content.


This month:

  • Capturing media for the skills videos

  • Continuing work on the website to add more information on our sub


This month:

  • Clarifying the system that will be used for purchasing requests

  • Looking into process for reimbursement

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