Meet Elisa Miller: Enabling Ocean Exploration for All One Component at a Time | Wave Makers

February 16, 2022

Everyone loves a robot!

When CEO Rustom Jehangir put out a call on Craigslist, Elisa Miller answered. It’s easy to see how her energy, creative thinking and ability to step out of her comfort zone make her a great leader on this team that is disrupting the robotics industry. Blue Robotics offers more affordable and accessible underwater robotics components, enabling just about anyone who is interested to get their robotic eyes under water. In this fun and informative episode, Tamara talks to Elisa about the company’s origin and crowdfunding experience. Listen to hear about the mission to help everyone from students and hobbyists to researchers and professionals dive into the depths with ROV’s and robots to understand more about our precious oceans. Blue Robotics’ manufactures the pieces that make it possible to put robots and ROV’s underwater. Connectors and elements like their latest WetLink Penetrator are critical for success. And the company’s open-source approach demonstrates their open-mindedness to the possibilities for the future of underwater exploration. Elisa also gives some great examples of how a commitment to high-quality components and community-building efforts are already facilitating projects that run the gamut in underwater efforts the world over. These include working with the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) to help Australian reefs and several robotics competitions. Wave Makers is just getting started with robotics experts. Don’t miss it!

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Tamara Kahn

Before diving into promoting the incredible innovations of the ocean and water industry, Tamara spent a decade ocean bound for weeks at a time, working with state-of-the-art geophysical sensors in some of the most challenging environments, the salty depths of the world’s oceans. She enjoyed managing projects with advanced technology and collaborating with a diverse workforce and clientele, but her international travels made her witness to some of the worst challenges facing humanity, from ocean pollution to water scarcity. She resolved to pivot her career into sustainability and ecological resilience. Since earning a Masters of Advanced Studies in Climate Science and Policy from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Tamara develops and facilitates programs that enable STEM students, researchers, policymakers, government officials and tech companies to form mutually beneficial partnerships, innovating and collaborating internationally towards sustainable solutions. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin and contributes technical knowledge along with expertise in strategic collaboration and a zest for innovative thinking. Tamara is most happy near a body of water, relishes any chance to SCUBA and loves learning new languages and cultures.