Grace Young: Creating high tech for deep oceans

National Geographic Explorer Grace Young is working to protect the oceans by engineering advanced techniques & new technologies.

Grace Young is an MIT graduate in Mechanical & Ocean Engineering developing technologies to help us better understand, explore, and manage the ocean. She is currently a Marshall Scholar and PhD candidate at the University of Oxford. 

Her work experiences include helping design, build, and test submersible and aerial robots for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and NOAA, creating new techniques to map coral reefs, and developing software for CERN and MIT. 

Robots she helped develop have deployed in the Arctic, Antarctic, Atlantic, and Pacific Oceans, creating 3D maps of ice shelves to better measure climate change, monitor marine protected areas, and survey endangered species populations.

This Explorer's work is funded by the National Geographic Society
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