Travis White's Profile


Travis has been a US Coast Guard licensed captain, currently holding a 50 ton master rating, on the Great Lakes since 2009 and logs on average over 100 days annually on the water. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 2011. In his role as a research engineer at the Great Lakes Research Center, he leads the Marine Autonomy Research Site and Smart Ships Coalition. His recent research includes autonomous vehicle behavior development, specifically intelligent trajectory planning and maneuvering in large sea states. Travis co-founded ProNav Marine, producer of marine GPS autopilot equipment and mobile navigation software. He serves as the relief captain for the university’s research vessel, Agassiz, and enjoys spending time on the water providing sportfishing charters during his leisure time.

Travis's research projects

Michigan Tech Great Lakes Buoy Network: Protecting Lives and Property from Hazardous Lake Conditions

The goal of this project is to maintain and improve on Michigan Tech's life-saving buoy network on the Great Lakes. The buoys measure wave conditions, wind speed and direction, water temperature, water current speeds, and detailed meteorological information. Funds from this project will be used to help support the continued operations and maintenance of the buoy network.

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