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Pat HickeyPat Hickey
Expedition Leader

Pat Hickey is a veteran of the Alvin program. He started his career at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) 13 years ago as a mechanic in the Alvin Group, and he worked his way up the ladder to Expedition Leader of the seagoing Alvin Group and Chief Pilot. Pat has a great responsibility for Alvin operations at sea. He ensures the safety of the sub, oversees all the maintenance work done by the different members of the at-sea group, maintains certification procedures set by the US Navy (the government agency that owns Alvin), and makes sure that the pilots and pilots in training (PITs) are doing their job to get science done efficiently and safely. Tim McGee interviewed Pat today to find out about his background and how he got involved with Alvin. Read the interview »


Blee WilliamsBlee Williams
Electrical Team Leader

BLee Williams is 39 years old. He has been an Alvin pilot for six years. He has made over 200 dives to the seafloor in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. He started working at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in 1993. Prior to that, he spent ten years in the Navy and several more years working as a civilian in the Navy shipyard in Newport News, Virginia. He has a daughter, Jennie, who is 13 years old. She is proud of her Dad and of the fact that he dives to the “office” at the bottom of the ocean.
Read the interview from Expedition 1 »

watersBob Waters

Stephen FaluoticaStephen Faluotica

Bruce Strickrott Bruce Strickrott
Phil Forte Phil Forte
Mechanical Technician
Mark DreweryMark Drewery
Electrical Technician

Anthony TarantinoAnthony Tarantino
Electrical Technician
Andrew BillingsAndrew Billings
Electrical Technician

Dave OldsDave Olds (a.k.a. Spaceman)
Electrical Technician

A native of Eustes, Florida, 36-year-old Dave Olds graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1991. After working for NASA at Rockwell, Dave came to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) over 5 years ago. As a member of the Alvin crew, Dave is responsible for maintaining the complex electrical equipment in the sub as well as working on all aspects of Alvin operations at sea; helping to ensure proper functioning of the submersible and the safety of the people who ride in it. Sam Dean talked with Dave to see how he became a part of the Alvin crew and what his job involves. Read the interview »