Kahoolal Science Day

Take a look at Grace’s video of her work at Mission 31!


We went to FIU to meet Grace Young who graduated from MIT with a bachelor degree in mechanical and ocean engineering. But she didn’t attend her ceremony in Cambridge. Instead, she lived 63 feet under water in the Aquarius as part of a team trying to set a new world record for living underwater. She is the mission scientist in charge of the marine robots.

“My high school started a robotics team, and I joined as soon as I heard about it,” Young recounts. “I honestly had no idea what it was, but I was hooked almost immediately. For a while, I was the only girl on the team, but it didn’t really matter.” While she continued ballet training, Young also threw herself into robotics. It was a different sort of challenge than she faced in dance. “I liked problem-solving. That feeling when you get something working, even just an arm on a robot or a motor turning the right way, it’s exhilarating. I love it,” she says. Her hard work paid off: Young’s team made it to the First Robotics 2008, 2009 and 2010 world championships.

She was admitted to MIT in 2010 as a member of the class of 2014 where she has continued her love affair with robotics. As an MIT student and Hollings Scholar she has helped to design, build, and test submersible and aerial robots for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and NOAA. Robots she helped develop have deployed in the Arctic, Antarctic, Atlantic, and Pacific Oceans, creating 3D maps of ice shelves to better measure climate change, monitor marine protected areas, and survey endangered species. In addition she has developed software for CERN and MIT.

She is recipient of numerous academic awards, including the Wallace Prize as MIT’s top ocean engineering undergraduate and Keil Award for excellence in ocean engineering research. She begins doctoral studies in the fall of 2014 in offshore geotechnical engineering and marine robotics at Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar.


Posted on: August 22, 2014, by : admin