Co-founder and Chief Designer
Scott has actively pursued the use of Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASVs) as platforms for ocean sensors for over 15 years. In 2000, he designed and built the first Navocean sail-powered prototype, the “mini-Nav I”, as a proof-of-concept for the University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). The success of the mini-Nav led to demand for 2 semi-autonomous catamarans, funded by marine mammal research grants from the UW and University of British Columbia. In 2005, Scott received a grant from the Maine Technology Institute to develop an autonomous sailboat, the Nav2. The Nav2 proved the feasibility of sail and solar ASVs, and Navocean was born. In 2015, Navocean delivered it’s first production-ready prototype, the Nav3, to the Maine Physical Oceanography Group for use in the Gulf of Maine.
Co-founder and Chief Technical Officer
Ethan has over 20 years experience as a software developer, technical architect, and technical manager. His expertise includes a solid mix of controls and electronics, client-server architectures, UI design, database design, mobile Apps, and web architectures. Prior projects include development and deployment of an autonomous robotic system for DNA sample preparation and sequencing, a semi-autonomous electric catamaran for underwater sonar data retrieval, underwater passive sonar array and associated digital signal processing, and several implementations of GIS mapping user-interfaces. Ethan has published over 10 Apps on iTunes and Google Play including several award-winning Apps.
Ethan has a M.S.E.E. degree in Controls and Robotics from the University of Washington and Bachelor degrees in Math, Comp-Sci, and Physics from Whitman College.
With over 100,000 miles logged at sea, Stuart brings a wealth of maritime experience to Navocean. From 2012-14 he served as a Mission Support Specialist for Liquid Robotics piloting WaveGlider ASV’s and performing mission planning and customer support. Most recently, he was Director of Logistics, Training and Safety for Oceangate Inc., developing revolutionary new subsea manned submersibles. Stuart completed Navy ROTC at the University of Idaho, has served as a ship’s officer for 5 years on active duty in the Pacific Fleet, and retired from the Navy in 2011 at the rank of Commander. He is a licensed USCG 200 ton master, was an Outward Bound School seamanship instructor, full-time private yacht and vessel delivery captain, and has captained numerous sailboat races to Hawaii and Mexico.
Software & Technical Support
Dan puts his UMaine Computer Science degree to work with 18+ years of experience as a software developer in the communications, financial, and medical industries. He also spent time working as a commercial ground fisherman in the Gulf of Maine, and sailing and transporting boats along coastal Maine.
John has thirty years of Operating and Financial experience as a CFO, COO, or IT executive. John served as CFO for Speakeasy.net, which in 2004 was the #41 fastest growing private company. He has completed a successful IPO and more than 50 private investment offerings, raising over $300 million. John was a leader of bank automation in the U.S., including key roles in launching cash machines, Debit Cards and 24/7 on-line banking.
John H. Cragin II
Coast Guard and Contracting Advisor
John was most recently a Master in the U.S. Merchant Marine for 20 years (Now Retired). In addition he prior served 22 years in the United States Coast Guard, including: assignments as a Coast Guard base comptroller, Contracting Officer, Budget Branch Chief – First Coast Guard District, and Operations Officer/Navigator on a high endurance Coast Guard cutter.