Section Officers

Section Chair - Dr. Fritz Stahr

Fritz manages the Seaglider Fabrication Center at the University of Washington’s School of Oceanography, making autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) driven by buoyancy. Prior to starting SFC in 2005, he taught oceanography and did post-doctoral research on seafloor hydrothermal vent heat-flux using a large AUV from Woods Hole (ABE). He co-founded the Ocean Inquiry Project in 2000, a small non-profit organization dedicated to teaching marine science through on-the-water experience while conducting research in Puget Sound to the benefit of both communities. He holds a Ph.D. in Oceanography from UW and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. In his spare time, he helps run the MATE Pacific Northwest Regional ROV Challenge, the regional National Ocean Science Bowl (“Orca Bowl”), serves on the Executive Committee of the Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems (NANOOS), as well as continuing to help run Ocean Inquiry Project. He enjoys sailing, scuba diving, cycling, running and photography.

Vice Chair - Michael Einhorn, P.E.

Mike Einhorn is also Senior Mechanical Engineer at Einhorn Engineering. His areas of focus are shipboard mechanical handling machinery, towed arrays, heavy load handling and advanced hydraulic power systems.

Mike has been focusing on this type of work since 1990 after receiving his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Santa Barbara. Following his undergraduate work he was employed at the Naval Civil Engineering Laboratory in Port Hueneme, California in the Ocean Systems division where he worked until 2005. During that time he supported the Navy’s SURTASS program as well as a variety of Navy research projects. This work included vertical towed arrays with an in-water weight of over 60,000 lbs as well over-boarding A-frames, ROV launch and recovery systems and fluid power systems. 

In 2005, following completion of his Masters in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington, he opened a sole proprietorship in the Seattle area to work as a consulting engineer. In 2008 he founded Einhorn Engineering, PLLC. Together with a small staff of engineers and technicians, he continues to enjoy designing in the office, turning wrenches in the field and operating equipment at-sea.

In 2016 Mike became an affiliate of the UW Applied Physics Laboratory.

Treasurer - Karl Kunkle

Treasurer Karl Kunkle is the Production Manager at UW’s Seaglider Fabrication Center. Prior to joining UW, he worked on towed underwater vehicles at Nova Ray. He also worked for GraphiCode on PC board layout and design software. He enjoys running, cycling and swimming as well as woodworking and gardening. He is a long time member of Club Northwest and Run Seattle 4 Life

Secretary - Kim Page

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Student Advisor & Section Liaison – Dr. Miles Logsdon

Miles Logsdon, is a member of the faculty of the University of Washington, School of Oceanography where he serves as the director of the Spatial Analysis Lab, the Ocean Technology Center, and the ERIS observatory. His research and teaching activities are focus on spatial pattern analysis in ecosystem sciences and the applications of Marine Geographic Information Science (GIS) and Remote Sensing with a emphasis in hydrographic surveying and seafloor mapping. Miles is the lead instructor for the School of Oceanography Ocean Technology program where undergraduate students participate in hands-on learning experiences in the design and build of underwater sensors.

Section Advisor – Carol Coomes

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Section Adviser – Martin Garthwaite

Martin Garthwaite is a patent attorney and inventor of the fishBOAT. The fishBOAT swims like a fish, with greater efficiency than a propeller and one mechanically simple moving part, sealed inside the hull. Implementations will include quiet, long distance data acquisition devices, industrial tugboats, and fish-safe hydro-power generators.
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