Origins - MSELRichard Blidberg, the Director of AUSI, was involved in establishing the Marine Systems Engineering Laboratory (MSEL), with Dr. Robert W. Corell, at the University of New Hampshire in 1976. Blidberg managed MSEL for 19 years.
The people and facilities of MSEL moved to the Marine Science Center of Northeastern University located in Nahant, Massachusetts in July of 1993. In January of 1996, the Laboratory moved back to New Hampshire to continue its research activities as part of the Autonomous Undersea Systems Institute (AUSI).
The Autonomous Undersea Systems Institute (AUSI) was chartered in the State of New Hampshire in August 1993, and was granted not-for-profit status (501C3) in April 1995. Since that time, the Institute has initiated a number of programs related to its charter.
AUSI has been mainly funded through grants from the Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation. AUSI also provides its facilities and expertise to support research programs at other institutions and AUSI continues to organize and conduct International Symposia on Unmanned Untethered Submersible Technology.
AUSI is currently located in a facility on three acres of land near the University of New Hampshire. The facility includes approximately 2000 square feet of office and laboratory space. All of the computer resources and various test and field support equipment that existed at MSEL were transferred to AUSI when the Institute was established in 1993. This equipment provides a solid base for AUSI's research efforts.
AUSI also maintains a fresh water test facility at Mendums Pond in
Barrington, NH. This test facility includes a specially constructed 28'
pontoon boat, a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), and other support boats and
equipment to facilitate underwater testing. The proximity to UNH and the New
Hampshire seacoast complement the capabilities of the Institute and its
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