Teledyne RD Instruments Co-Sponsors Community STEM Event for Over a Decade

The competition will be held July 20-26 at SSC Pacific TRANSDEC in San Diego, California.

SAN DIEGO--Teledyne RD Instruments, a global leader in acoustic Doppler current profiling and navigation innovations, is a co-sponsor in the 18th annual international RoboSub AUV competition, a STEM event held in San Diego and open to the community free of charge. Co-sponsoring as part of the Teledyne Marine group of companies, Teledyne RD Instruments has been sponsoring this event for more than a decade. Along with co-sponsoring the event, the company is also the Doppler velocity log (DVL) supplier of choice for several teams competing this year.


"Giving back to the student engineering community is very important to us, and co-sponsoring this engaging competition has always been rewarding in many ways," said Harry Maxfield, vice president of sales and marketing at Teledyne RD Instruments. "Organizations such as the AUVSI Foundation are the cornerstones that foster the professional growth of tomorrow's scientists and engineers."

Presented by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Foundation (AUVSI), the competition is open to high school students and college teams from around the world. According to the official rules of RoboSub 2015, the goal of the competition is to "provide opportunities for students to experience the challenges of system engineering, to develop skills in accomplishing realistic missions with autonomous vehicles and to foster relationships between young engineers and the organizations developing and producing autonomous vehicle technologies."

Other Teledyne Marine companies co-sponsoring the event include Teledyne Impulse, as well as Teledyne SeaBotix, which will be hosting an on-site Thruster Pit Stop where they will service and repair thrusters for competing teams. Additionally, all five winning teams in last year's competition were powered by Teledyne SeaBotix thrusters.

The competition will be held July 20-26 at SSC Pacific TRANSDEC in San Diego, California. For more information about this year's RoboSub competition, visit www.robosub.org.

About Teledyne RD Instruments
As a global leader in acoustic Doppler innovations used for current profiling and precision navigation, Teledyne RD Instruments was founded in 1982 and revolutionized the industry through the development of the first acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP). A part of the Teledyne Marine group, Teledyne RD Instruments continues to be an innovative force in the industry by designing, improving and manufacturing groundbreaking solutions used for current profiling, wave measurement, and precision navigation. With a staff of more than 170 scientists, engineers, technicians, and sales and support personnel, the company's San Diego-based global headquarters is an 80,000-square-foot ISO-9001:2008 facility that includes state-of-the-art engineering, laboratory, manufacturing, and test areas. For more about Teledyne RD Instruments, visit www.rdinstruments.com and follow the company on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

About the AUVSI Foundation
The AUVSI Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides students with hands-on robotics activities designed to fuel and sustain their interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The AUVSI Foundation offers educational programs as well as robotics competitions that allow students to apply their STEM education outside the classroom.

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