Amy Kukulya
Amy Kukulya
Senior Ocean Vehicle Operations Engineer, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)
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Amy helps design underwater robots that can search for shipwrecks and map the ocean floor.  She works at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Amy equips underwater robots (called AUVs—autonomous underwater vehicles) so that cameras and sound detectors can be attached. The robots can then take pictures and gather information about the ocean. She is also developing an underwater garage where the robots can park for long periods of time, recharge, and download data. Amy says, “The technological advances that are taking place in my lab will not only help us understand the mysteries of our oceans but will allow us to understand our planet better. These underwater vehicles are expanding our knowledge of hot topics like global warming and climate change.”  Amy always loved the ocean, and she thought she would become a marine biologist. While working at Woods Hole, Amy learned that she could combine biology and engineering, thereby creating the perfect job for herself. “I realized engineering offers me more opportunities than biology does.”  “My grandparents exposed me to fishing, clamming, crabbing, boating, and a life on the water. Through these experiences, I learned to be curious and self-sufficient.” Amy’s work has taken her to Hawaii and Antarctica. When she isn't working she enjoys surfing, SCUBA diving, fishing, shucking oysters, and hunting lobsters. She loves skiing, winter camping, and traveling, too. Education B.S. in environmental policy, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. She received her engineering training at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Watch her video! Amy has a  video on the Web site of the PBS TV show Design Squad. See her on the Discovery Channel! Shark Week kicks off on July 5th, 2015 on the Discovery Channel.  Amy will be featured in Shark Trek on Sunday night, July 5 at 8pm.

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  • Emily, North Carolina State University asked Amy Kukulya, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)

    Added Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 8:06 AM

    Amy, I currently am going into my senior year with a Civil Engineering B.S., I was just wondering how you got involved in a job like this. I have done a few internships, and I have almost concluded that engineering isn't for me. I like to be outside, and want to be more interactive with people, but your job seems really interesting. I just wanna be involved in something that I see positive results in and has more interaction.
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  • Violet, Kuala Lumpur asked Amy Kukulya, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)

    Added Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 7:22 AM

    Hi Miss Amy Kukulya, I am a high school student in a British International School. I will be taking the IGCSE examinations in about four years time and I want to triple confirm if my track is correct. :) I’m a kinetic learner and absolutely enjoy tinkering, solving puzzles, playing video games especially when requiring controls and playing with wires (In a safe way of course, like my science teacher teaching us to do an experiment on electric currents and some solar robot kits I got). I also ...
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  • M.R., Maharashtra, India asked Amy Kukulya, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)

    Added Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Hello, I am studying my second year mechanical engineering. I want to do robotics engineering, so what can I do with this?
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