UN Sustainability Goals

  • Life Below Water
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Areas of Excellence

  • Data Science/AI/Robotics

Global Challenge: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusivew and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.


I am interested in the NYU Robosub project for several reasons. Firstly, the field of robotics, especially autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), fascinates me due to its potential for addressing real-world challenges in areas like marine exploration, environmental monitoring, and underwater archaeology. Having worked with Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) actuators with subsea X-mas trees over my summer internship, working directly to produce something similar is something of great interest to me. The ability to create a machine that can navigate and perform tasks underwater autonomously is both exciting and meaningful.

In terms of what has been done and my contributions to the NYU Robosub project, I've been part of a team that works on designing and developing the AUV. Specifically, my involvement in the mechanical team, where I am now am the current mechanical engineering team lead. We've collaborated with various teams within NYU Robosub to design the underwater vehicle's mechanical structure, ensuring it can withstand the underwater environment's challenges.

I anticipate a growing interest in marine robotics and AUVs in various industries and research fields. As mentioned before, we already use ROVs to control deep sea X-mas trees for the oil and gas industry. In addition AUVs and ROVs are extensively used in marine research to explore and study the ocean's depths. They can collect data on oceanography, marine biology, geology, and underwater archaeology. These vehicles are employed to monitor and assess the health of marine ecosystems, track pollution, and study the effects of climate change on the oceans.


Vu Nam Phan is a driven Mechanical Engineer who pursued a degree from New York University Tandon School of Engineering, specializing in mechanical and aerospace engineering with a minor in business studies from NYU's CAS & Stern. His academic journey has honed his analytical mindset, problem-solving abilities, and critical thinking skills. 

As a member of NYU's Global Leaders and Scholars honors Program, he developed strong leadership and communication skills, enabling him to effectively collaborate with diverse teams and manage complex projects. Proficient in CAD and FEA software, Vu Nam brings precision and accuracy to his designs. He is passionate about continuous learning, staying updated with the latest industry trends and technologies, and contributing to a dynamic and innovative team.

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