Technology in Geosciences

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Presentation by Jim Conrad, UNC-Charlotte engineering professor on robotics and geoscience careers

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Technology in Geosciences

  1. 1. James Conrad, jmconrad@uncc.edu Assoc. Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering UNC Charlotte Technology in Geosciences 1 Image from the iRobot Website
  2. 2. James Conrad - Quick Background • Worked in industry and academia in embedded systems and robotics. • Consultant for iRobot Maritime Division • Worked with students building underwater robotic vehicles • Worked with students building geological sensing systems 2
  3. 3. One Way to Get Involved … Marine Technology Society, holds a annual underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) competition. 3 Image from the Marine Technology Society Website
  4. 4. Example of Technology in Geosciences • “Instrumented” bolder, measured temperature, moisture, strain, sound. • Recorded data, looking for “cracking” or other events. 4
  5. 5. Prepare Well for What You Want User of technology (i.e. Geologist, Marine Scientist): • Understand measurement systems (i.e. National Instruments data collection systems) • Understand sensor technology (pressure, moisture, strain, temperature, humidity, sound, light) • Understand data collection and statistics • Able to use problem solving skills to draw conclusions Creator/Designer of technology (i.e. Engineer) • 4-year degree, Calculus, physics, disciplinary topics Builder of systems using technology (i.e. Technician) • 2 or 4-year degree, science, disciplinary topics 5
  6. 6. Prepare Well for What You Want User of technology (i.e. Geologist, Marine Scientist): • Understand measurement systems (i.e. National Instruments data collection systems) • Understand sensor technology (pressure, moisture, strain, temperature, humidity, sound, light) • Understand data collection and statistics • Able to use problem solving skills to draw conclusions Creator/Designer of technology (i.e. Engineer) • 4-year degree, Calculus, physics, disciplinary topics Builder of systems using technology (i.e. Technician) • 2 or 4-year degree, science, disciplinary topics 5

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