University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

School of Freshwater Sciences

Robot research: Reaching new depths in water technology


In September, UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mike Lovell delivered his Plenary Address, a review of the "state of the university" for UWM students, staff and faculty. At the meeting, he debuted the Spotlight on Excellence video of the research on underwater robotics being conducted by School of Freshwater Sciences Assistant Professor Tom Consi.

Tom Consi’s passion for robotics started in MIT’s Ocean Engineering Department, but he’s reaching new depths at UWM’s School of Freshwater Sciences.

About the video:
Students in Consi’s lab are developing a heavy-duty, 300-pound amphibious robot to give scientists access to what can be a very inhospitable place – the churning, frigid waves of Lake Michigan.

The assistant professor also helped develop the Wisconsin ROV Competition at UWM for high school teams. This year’s champion went on to win the international title, beating out a team from Russia and solidifying Milwaukee’s position as a pipeline for future engineers.

For this guy, forget the sky as a limit. Bring on the bottom of the ocean!