Amy L. Kukulya

Research Engineer
Senior AUV Operations Engineer
Principal Investigator

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Contact Information:
Work: 508-289-3689

Mailing Address:
266 Woods Hole Road, MS #10
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Research Interests

Underwater vehicle system architecture for docking, navigation, communications, underwater archaeology, three-dimensional tracking of animals and under-ice capabilities; Development of science applications for underwater vehicles; Professional outreach communicator/speaker.

Awards, Professional Activities & Affiliations

  • Harvard Kennedy Business School Executive Program Class, Creating Collaborative Solutions, 2017
  • Society of Women Engineers Member, 2017-ongoing
  • Center for Marine Robotics, Network of Talent Member, 2016-ongoing
  • UCLA Technical Management Program, 2016
  • Recipient of the Linda Morse-Porteous Award for dedication to discovery, excellence and for serving as a role model to other women, 2015
  • Wowster Mentor and Outreach Professional, Appointed by MA Governor's Office, 2012- ongoing
  • IEEE Ocean Engineering Society, 2006 –ongoing
  • Retirement Task Force- Member, May 2009-June 2010
  • Woman’s Committee elected member, Webmaster, September 2007 (2 year)
  • ASLO, American Society for Limnology and Oceanography, 2004-2006


  • 50-Ton Masters, USCG Captain's License
  • Oceanographic Systems Engineering
  • Expedition Leader
  • Advanced First Aid & CPR
  • PADI Open Water SCUBA Certification
  • Public Speaker


  • B.S., Environmental Policy, Rutgers University


Amy Kukulya holds a B.S. from Rutgers University in Environmental Policy. She is a recognized authority in management and operations of REMUS AUV systems at WHOI, specializing in scientific applications of AUVs.  She currently is a Research Engineer in the Oceanographic Systems Lab and Project Manager for an under-ice oil detection and mapping project with Department of Homeland Security.  Working with underwater robots has brought her to the Arctic and Antarctica while working on the advancement of scientific applications for AUVs. Her technical skills include configuration and operation of AUV systems, including navigation, imaging capabilities, data processing techniques and troubleshooting electrical systems. She has either led or participated in over 80 oceanographic expeditions to date. Apart from her technical skills, she is passionate about promoting education/outreach initiatives, and has been named a Wowster by the Governor's office. Her work has also been shown on several Discovery Channel episodes and PBS productions.

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