USC’s Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Design Team is a student-run organization that creates an AUV each year to compete in the Robosub competition. By employing industry standard programs and techniques, USC AUV ensures that all members have a hands-on, practical engineering experience outside of the classroom that can be utilized in their future careers. Every step of the design process, from planning, to fabrication, to testing, is decided by student members of the team. Each member is given their own individual project to complete, ensuring that every member makes a significant and direct contribution to the team. Overall, USC AUV serves not just as a student organization, but also a way for each member to be prepared for their future careers in their chosen field.
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AUV stands for Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, or a fully submersible robot that can complete tasks on its own, without any human interaction. The challenge in creating an AUV lies in the word autonomous, as designing a robot to adapt to various conditions, from simple changes in light throughout the day to determining what task should be completed first is immensely difficult.
USC AUV is focused not only on giving members industry-level skills, but also ensuring that every member has opportunities to show these skills to future employers. USC AUV presents annually to several of our sponsor companies, including Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Solidworks. In addition, the Robosub competition is another location where former members have been able to secure internships and jobs from the many recruiters who are present there.