Karl McLetchie is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Ocean and Mechanical Engineering. After graduating, he worked as an ocean engineer on the development of autonomous underwater vehicles and as a naval architect on the design of high-speed aluminum vessels. In 2008, he started his own contracting company, SeaKnowledge, to support the use of underwater vehicles for research and exploration. He has worked as a remotely operated vehicle pilot and navigator on the Okeanos Explorer and the E/V Nautilus ever since. When not on assignment for Ocean Exploration, Karl resides in Pemaquid, Maine.