Georgia Tech just put out a great article highlighting some of the incredible women here who are using robotics to solve problems- including Dr. Schmidt and our submersible, Icefin! Excerpts below, and see the full article here.
Maybe it’s surprising to find a roboticist in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, but some of the foremost questions in climate and planetary science need robots to answer them. Britney Schmidt is looking for life beyond Earth, focusing on Jupiter’s ice-covered ocean moon, Europa. She and her group build and test robots in Antarctica to one day swim under Europa’s ice.
“We were driving cars for 100 years before we sent rovers to Mars. That’s why we are building underwater and under-ice vehicles and going to the most remote, least understood areas under ice on Earth. We’ve got to push the science and boundaries here first.”