2023-2024 Scholarship Award Ceremony


SUT-US is delighted to unveil the awardees of the 2023-2024 SUT scholarships. We extend our sincerest congratulations to each of the six exceptional students who have been honored with the prestigious SUT Scholarship award. Your dedication, hard work, and unwavering passion for Underwater Technology have not only set you apart but have also showcased your commitment to academic excellence. As you embark on this journey, know that the support and encouragement of the SUT community stand firmly behind you. Your achievements inspire us, and we eagerly anticipate witnessing the impact you will make in the world of Underwater Technology and beyond. Congratulations once again on this outstanding accomplishment. Recipients will be officially awarded during the online Scholarship Awards Ceremony on September 8th, beginning at 5:00 pm U.S. CT.

If you would like to attend the online event, please confirm your attendance by emailing communications@sut-us.org to receive an event link.

The 2023-2024 SUT-US scholarship were awarded to the following students:

Adebowale Elijah Adedoyin 
Graduate Research Assistant M.S. Student
Hydrographic Sciences Program
School of Ocean Science and Engineering
University of Southern Mississippi

I’m a current master's student of Hydrographic Science at the University of Southern Mississippi where I also work as a graduate research assistant Under the supervision of Dr. Johnson Oguntuase. I have also executed numerous seafloor surveys using low-cost INS systems on Various ASVs such as WAM 16 and Z- Boats. To acquire multibeam and backscatter data used for various experimental purposes. Prior to enrolling in the program, I executed various Hydrographical survey projects such as a Geophysical Survey, Offshore positioning support using USBL to track divers and ROVs, Rig and Badge positioning, Offshore Construction Support, and many more in the Gulf of Guinea and some part of the Atlantic Ocean.


Elias Adediran
Ocean Engineering with an emphasis in Ocean Mapping
University of New Hampshire

Elias Adediran is a young passionate surveyor from Nigeria with a core geomatics background. He hails from a family that values spatial knowledge and received his national diploma with distinction and a first-class Bachelor of Science degree in Surveying and Geoinformatics from the Yaba College of Technology and University of Lagos respectively. He started his career as a Hydrographic Surveyor/Data Processor at a top offshore survey company in Nigeria, where he participated in various surface and subsea positioning, seabed, and geophysical survey campaigns in the Gulf of Guinea for the oil and gas exploration and development projects. Currently, Elias is pursuing a master's degree in Ocean Engineering with an emphasis in Ocean Mapping at the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Joint Hydrographic Center - University of New Hampshire, where he has also got a prestigious FIG/IHO/ICA Category A certification. His master’s research is focused on characterizing the uncertainty in interpolated bathymetry using machine-learning techniques and other innovative approaches. He's eager to extend his exploration of this area through a Ph.D. after completing his master's degree. Beyond research, he actively participates in deep-sea scientific expeditions and STEM outreach programs. During his leisure time, he revels in sports, memorizing and reciting the Qur'an in various styles, and mastering the art of Arabic poetry.


Musa B. Animashaun
Graduate Research Assistant
Division of Marine Science
School of Ocean Science and Engineering
The University of Southern Mississippi

Musa Animashaun is a second-year master’s student in Hydrographic Science at the School of Ocean Science and Engineering, University of Southern Mississippi. He holds a bachelor’s degree in surveying and Geoinformatics from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He has been involved in a variety of offshore survey projects, ranging from seafloor geophysical surveys to the installation of surface and subsea infrastructure in the Gulf of Guinea. Currently, he is exploring the potential of Low-Cost Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) for multibeam motion stabilization onboard Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASVs) to achieve high-quality bathymetric data collection in the Gulf of Mexico. Additionally, he is enhancing shallow water seagrass extraction techniques from seafloor acoustic backscatter data. His journey showcases profound engagement with cutting-edge underwater technology. He aspires to make a meaningful impact in his field by leveraging technology, fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange, and drawing on his experiences to advance our understanding of the ocean realm and unravel its mysteries.


Jesse Noble
Operational Oceanography program
Rutgers State University of New Jersey

My name is Jesse Noble and I am currently a student in the Master’s of Operational Oceanography program at Rutgers University. Last semester, I graduated from Rutgers with a bachelor’s degree in marine sciences and a minor in astrobiology. I decided to continue my studies in this program as I want to utilize ocean technology to collect data on extreme environments in which life can survive. Then, use the data to identify places on extraterrestrial bodies in which life may exist. In my undergraduate years to the present, I have had the privilege through Rutgers of working on a project called the Sentinel mission with Teledyne, which will be the first autonomous underwater vehicle to circumnavigate the globe. More recently, I am getting involved with the Marine Energy Collegiate Competition that Rutgers is partaking in this year.

Salvatore (Sal) Fricano
M.Sc. in Operational Oceanography Student
Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

I have always been fascinated by the paradoxical history of ocean science. Despite being used for centuries to support civilizations across the world, the oceans have largely remained an enigma. As someone who has sought out adventure since childhood, exploring the oceans has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. As an undergraduate at Rutgers University, my academic endeavors exposed me to a broad range of research topics including hurricanes, larval fish ecology, Antarctic biological circulation, and more. Oceanographic research methodology and its relation to marine technology is something that I have a profound interest in; and is largely what led me to return to Rutgers for the Master of Operational Oceanography program to progress my career goals.

Categorically, my research interests are in biological oceanography and ecological modeling. I aim to contribute towards the development of new methodological approaches for evaluating marine ecosystem responses to anthropogenic stressors using remote sensing technology. Integrating these types of ecological models into common commercial practices can help optimize global sustainability efforts - such as understanding/reducing the environmental impact of marine energy solutions (i.e., offshore wind) and providing fishery-dependent communities with accurate stock estimates to prevent overfishing. Over the course of my career, I also want to focus on the promotion of inclusive and equitable oceanographic data networks to help address the many global crises driven by climate change in remote areas.


Tyler Kleinsasser
Graduate student at SD School of Mines and Technology
Black Hills State University

Tyler Kleinsasser is a graduate student at SD School of Mines and Technology. He has earned an undergraduate degree in engineering (summa cum laude) and has been involved in a variety of extracurricular and community volunteering projects. Tyler enjoys networking with others through technical organizations and professional development events. He has a positive attitude and desire to continue learning throughout his life and eventually start his own engineering company.

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