Applied Research Lab offering training course in unmanned underwater vehicles

March 28, 2019

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State is offering a four-day short course exploring unmanned underwater vehicles from initial design to in-environment challenges. The course will be held from April 29 to May 2 in State College. Registration is $3,500 per attendee.

The Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV) Short Course is designed by experienced UUV designers and operators to provide an overview of UUV systems, technical design and logistic considerations, current and possible uses, and strengths and weaknesses of various design choices. Presented in an environment that promotes the exchange of ideas and views with other UUV community members, the course is intended for engineers, scientists, technicians, analysts, and program managers who are either new to the UUV community or desire a quick, but intensive, overview of the subject matter.

The ARL/Penn State UUV Short Course was developed to bring together a community of undersea professionals whose desire is to “come up to speed” quickly and/or gain a basic appreciation of the realistic capabilities and limitations of UUVs based on the engineering facts and physics governing many of the critical vehicle systems. Attendees will leave with a high-level understanding of state-of-the-art UUV technologies, and the insight to understand and ask key questions relative to UUV development and deployment efforts.

The course is designed for:

  • Hardware and software engineers who want to gain perspective on how their systems affect overall UUV system and missions.
  • Operators who want to appreciate design considerations that impact mission performance.
  • Intelligence analysts who want to understand technical limitations and design drivers.
  • Program managers who want to develop full-system appreciation of sub-system interaction.

The Applied Research Laboratory is a Department of Defense-designated University Affiliated Research Center whose undersea core competencies include the design, build and testing of underwater vehicles and vehicle systems. This undersea systems experience comes from more than 70 years of focused research and development in the primary area of torpedo guidance systems, propulsion, hydrodynamics, hydroacoustics, materials, autonomy, and above/below water sensors. ARL engineers have been designing, building and operating both large and small unmanned undersea vehicles for more than 15 years, and they have a wealth of technical and operational experience to share.

For more information or to register, visit the Unmanned Undersea Vehicle Short Course website at or contact Nicole VanHorne at 814-865-5598 or

All registrations must be received by 5 p.m. EST on April 15, or when maximum capacity is reached.

Last Updated March 28, 2019