UTAP 2016

UTAP 2016 Gets Underway


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 Undersea Technology Apprentice Program (UTAP) presented by the Undersea Science and Engineering Foundation, Inc. (USEF) in partnership with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport (NUWC) –


UTAP 2016 Continues. Go to the USEF Facebook Page for a chronological review of the competition.

Meet the UTAP 2016 Teams

Blueberry Pi

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E= MC-Squared

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The Teachers

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UTAP 2016 is Now Underway

On July 18, 26 participants from Mt. Hope, Portsmouth, Middletown, Scituate, North Kingstown, Portsmouth Abbey, BMS Durfee, and Westport High Schools and the Newman School of Boston have embarked on an exciting program of engineering challenges as part of the Undersea Technology Apprentice Program (UTAP) sponsored by the Undersea Sciences and Engineering Foundation (USEF).

The development of the next generation of scientists and engineers, which the U.S. Navy and our national economy are depending upon, is important to our Nation. USEF’s partner, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport, (NUWC) has played a leading role in a variety of educational initiatives over the past few years, all with one goal – to expose students to the wonders of science and engineering. The UTAP was developed by NUWC to provide an opportunity for students to work part-time for three weeks during the summer alongside experienced scientists and engineers. In the process, students gain valuable technology insights by working with advanced technology while developing a real-world remotely operated vehicle (ROV) application.

This program is a 60-hour course blending lectures and hands-on activities (4 hours per day for 3 weeks) focused on Undersea Technology, and is recommended for students interested in learning about engineering, marine science, and/or technology fields. The students will work in student engineering teams to design and construct fully functional ROV undersea robots using the engineering design process. The students will work in peer groups mentored by active and retired engineers and scientists.  Student teams will be called upon to use imagination, teamwork, problem solving, and critical thinking skills to design their ROVs and will be able to test their design concepts in test tanks.  Teams will employ their completed ROVs in real world-based underwater location and recovery tasks such as recovery of a sunken shipping container.

Exposure to topics covered during UTAP will be subjects such as:

  • Underwater Vehicles
  • The Engineering Design Process
  • Working in Water
  • Structure and Materials
  • Pressure
  • Team Building
  • Buoyancy
  • Project/Cost Planning
  • Stability and Ballast
  • Moving and Maneuvering
  • Power Systems
  • Acoustics
  • Computers
  • Computer Programming
  • Electronic Circuit Construction
  • Problem Solving
  • Troubleshooting
  • Project-based Learning

Additionally, students will be called upon to become comfortable conducting engineering cycle activity of “build, test, build” in peer settings in order to successfully complete their ROVs. Student teams will be required to make formal presentations and complete an engineering report describing their project.

The session will run from Monday July 18, 2016 through Friday August 5, 2016. Students are required to attend program sessions each day from 8 a.m. to noon. Student applications were evaluated on their application, a submitted essay and a letter of recommendation.  Students who are selected for this program make it their absolute priority during these three weeks.

Students must be 14 years of age or older and be U.S. citizens. The program is open to rising freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors only. Students who attend all sessions and complete the program will receive both a letter acknowledging their participation and a certificate of completion. In addition, USEF will also prepare and submit letters of recommendation for UTAP participants such as for a college application, if requested.

Unlike other similar area programs, there is no cost to the students to attend UTAP.


The selection process for the 2016 UTAP is over, but, to prepare for next year’s session, the application process for 2106 is provided below.


UTAP 2016 Application 1-14-16 FINAL

All materials and tools will be provided.

Note: Unlike past UTAP sessions, there will be no student stipend offered.

The application submission deadline is Friday, April 15, 2016.

Please note that all application materials must be included for a student to be considered for an internship.

Applications must be mailed (or e-mailed) to:

Undersea Science and Engineering Foundation, Inc.

P.O. Box 978.

Portsmouth, RI 02871

Attn: UTAP Participant Selection Committee

Program questions may be directed to:

William Ferreira, Director and Head of Programs



Please see the attached UTAP Application.  It must be filled out completely and submitted to the address shown above by the required date.


UTAP 2016 Poster 14 Jan FINAL

UTAP 2016 Application 1-14-16 FINAL

UTAP Overview_2016 RWT 1-21-16 REV B)