A team of explorers, inventors, and doers

Bob Ballard

Founding Advisor

Bob is a former United States Navy officer, a professor of oceanography, and Director of the Center for Ocean Exploration at the University of Rhode Island. Best known for his work in marine geology and underwater archaeology, Bob is the discoverer of the wrecks of the RMS Titanic, the battleship Bismarck, and the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown. Bob worked for more than 30 years at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where he now serves as scientist emeritus. He is founder and president of the Ocean Exploration Trust, which owns and operates the E/V Nautilus. Bob has received the Explorers Medal from the Explorers Club, the Hubbard Medal from the National Geographic Society, the Lindbergh Award, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Medal. His decades of experience operating robots in extreme environments advances Humatics’ commitment to developing precision robotic systems for daily use.