About

Blake Cole is a doctoral candidate in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Applied Ocean Science and Engineering. He is a member of the Laboratory for Autonomous Marine Sensing Systems (LAMSS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, coadvised by Professors Henrik Schmidt and Alexander Slocum. His research interests include marine vehicle autonomy, hydrodynamics, and feedback control systems. Specifically, he is interested in developing economical, robust, long-range autonomous surface vehicles, capable of collecting physical, biological, and chemical oceanographic data, over extended periods of time.

Interests

  • Marine Vehicle Autonomy
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Adaptive & Robust Control
  • Artificial Intelligence

Education

  • PhD in Applied Ocean Science & Engineering, 2017-present

    MIT-WHOI Joint Program

  • MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering, 2015

    Stanford University

  • BSc in Environmental Engineering, 2013

    University of California, San Diego

Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Marine Engineer

Virgin Hyperloop One

Sep 2015 – Feb 2018 Los Angeles, California

Led the marine research program, which was responsible for assessing the feasibility of constructing subsea hyperloop transportation systems contained within submerged floating tunnels (SFTs).

Responsibilities:

  • Hydrodynamic modeling
  • Statistical analysis and extreme event prediction
  • Strucutural finite element analysis
  • Non-linear heat transfer model development
 
 
 
 
 

Nearshore Hydrodynamic Modeling Specialist

United States Geological Survey

Jun 2015 – Feb 2016 Santa Cruz, California
Assisted in the development of a model integrating longshore and cross-shore processes for predicting long-term shoreline response to climate change (CoSMoS).
 
 
 
 
 

Environmental Engineer

Naval Information Warfare Center - Pacific

Jun 2012 – Sep 2013 San Diego, California

Responsibilities:

  • Testing & development of handheld contaminant sensor
  • CFD simulation of sediment transport processes
  • Field deployment of benthic microbial fuel cell

Languages

C++

80%

MATLAB

95%

Python

50%

Blog

Projects

Publications

Vitousek, S., P. L. Barnard, P. Limber, L. Erikson, and B. Cole (2017) A model integrating longshore and cross-shore processes for predicting long-term shoreline response to climate change, J. Geophys. Res. Earth Surf., 122, 782–806, doi: 10.1002/2016JF004065.

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