Shanee Stopnitzky


Shanee Stopnitzky is a complex systems marine ecologist and mother of submarines. She collects large and logistically complicated sources of magic that she loves sharing with others.

Shanee's dream expedition: the Tonga Trench


Alessandra Nölting

volunteer coordinator

Alessandra Nölting is an open-source hardware enthusiast with a passion for encouraging others to design, build, tinker, and create. Her interest in ocean exploration and conservation was sparked when she started tinkering with OpenROV's underwater drones. Alessandra is excited to be making submersibles and marine exploration more accessible to the general public!

Alessandra’s dream expedition: Greenland's cold water coral reefs.

Alessandra Noelting

Taran Smith

technical manager

Raised on a boat and taught to fly planes as a child, Taran Smith found piloting a submarine to be the obvious next step. He knows the ocean as the greatest source of awe and wonder in this world, and loves nothing more than to share in its perpetual surprise.

Taran’s dream expedition : Antarctic Ice Shelf


Jim Mason


Jim Mason is a General Specialist working at the intersection of engineering, anthropology and information science. Jim is the Founder and Director of The Shipyard collaborative art/build space for large scale mechanical, kinetic and electronic art, and ALL Power Labs, a company that is creating tools for distributed power generation and biomass thermal conversion.

Jim’s dream expedition: the Sea of Cortez