Marine Advanced Technology Education


To provide the marine technical workforce with appropriately educated workers and to use marine technology to create interest in and improve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

About MATE

Marine Advanced Technology Education

MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education) is a National Science Foundation-supported organization that encourages maritime STEM learning. Villanova’s Mechanical Engineering faculty and students partner with the national organization to host its regional underwater remotely-operated vehicle contest. In this contest, students around the world use underwater remotely-operated vehicles that they design and build to navigate a series of challenges associated with deep-water technology. Nearly 25 teams —more than 250 students from K-12, community colleges, and universities in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland and the District of Columbia — come to Villanova to compete and advance to the international competition held each June.

To learn more about the competition, visit the MATE website or contact regional registration coordinator Velda Morris at

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James O’Brien, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering