Blue Devil Ocean Engineering
Three years ago, Dr. Nowacek and Dr. Brooke started a new course in the Pratt School intended to cultivate just this type of collaboration by working with engineering students to make new ocean sensors and tools to address marine conservation issues. We have formed the “Blue Devil Ocean Engineering Club” with the initial purpose of entering the competition, but we will carry the club forward after the competition to continue our mission. Dr. Douglas Nowacek came to Duke University as a professor of marine conservation technology with a mandate to bridge the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Pratt School of Engineering. The purpose was to cultivate a culture of ocean engineering working hand in hand with both natural and social marine conservation scientists.
About Team Leader
Dr. Nowacek holds B.A. in Zoology from Ohio Wesleyan University (summa cum laude) and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Dr. Nowacek’s activities represent a mixture of research tool development coupled closely with science driving the need for those tools. Since starting graduate school and continuing to the present, he has pioneered several marine research tools and methods. Dr. Nowacek has worked to apply the tools and teachings of basic science to conservation driven research.