Date of Award


Document Type



Santa Clara : Santa Clara University, 2018.


Electrical Engineering; Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Christopher Kitts

Second Advisor

Sally Wood

Third Advisor

Walter Yuen


Humans are intimately connected to the Earth’s ocean, and yet only 5% of it has been explored. Learning more about marine life and ocean chemistry can only improve our stewardship efforts. The addition of an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle to the Santa Clara University Robotic Systems Laboratory’s collection of marine robots will contribute to this quest for knowledge. It will assist researchers by providing a low-cost, easy-to-use, portable, reliable, and safe alternative to operator-controlled vehicles. This report describes our motivations for this project, the decisions we made in the design and manufacturing of the VARUNA, and tradeoff analyses of possible options. We also include descriptions of the subsystems, an account of testing, a summary of our accomplishments, and suggestions for the future of the project.