Dana Yoerger, PhD
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Dr. Dana Yoerger is a Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and a leading researcher in robotics and unmanned vehicles. He supervises the research and academic program of graduate students studying oceanographic engineering through the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in the areas of control, robotics, and design. Dr. Yoerger has been a key contributor to the remotely-operated vehicle JASON; to the Autonomous Benthic Explorer known as ABE; most recently, to the autonomous underwater vehicle, SENTRY; and the hybrid remotely operated vehicle, NEREUS. Dr. Yoerger has gone to sea on over 60 oceanographic expeditions exploring the Mid-Ocean Ridge, surveying ancient and modern shipwrecks, and studying the environmental effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He was the 2009 recipient of the Lockheed Award for Ocean Science and Engineering.