Karl McLetchie is a mechanical engineer, specializing in the design and operation of underwater vehicles. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Ocean and Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After graduating in 2004, he worked as an ocean engineer on the development of autonomous underwater vehicles, as a naval architect on the design of high-speed aluminum vessels, and as deck crew delivering sailboats around the world. In 2008, he started his own contracting company, SeaKnowledge, to support the use of underwater vehicles for research and exploration. He has worked closely with GFOE as a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) designer, pilot, and navigator ever since. When not at sea, Karl resides in Pemaquid, Maine.