Jim Newman’s career has centered on the development and deployment of remotely operated underwater vehicles for various scientific uses.
Among other projects, Jim led the development and deployment of underwater vehicle systems under contract to the Institute For Exploration (now the Ocean Exploration Trust), including the ROVs Hercules and Little Hercules. Jim also managed the acquisition and conversion of OET’s 64 meter exploration vessel, the E/V Nautilus.
More recently Jim has been working on development of ROVs and other underwater systems for NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Neptune Canada, and Hydroid.
Jim is an adjunct Professor of Ocean Engineering at the University of Rhode Island, where he developed and taught a graduate-level course on ROV Design.
Jim was the Project Leader for the development of the Tiburon ROV system at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), and worked as a member of the engineering team that developed the JASON and JASON Junior ROVs at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Jim operates Woods Hole Marine Systems Inc. and holds Bachelor’s and Masters’ degrees in Ocean Engineering from MIT.