About us

 

Eric Levitt
FOUNDER
Eric was responsible for advancing Bluefin’s core autonomous capabilities into adjacent commercial markets. Focusing on the use of robotic systems for subsea life-of-field monitoring and controls, Eric has forged strategic alliances with several Oil and Gas majors to develop the next generation of autonomous robots.

Prior to Bluefin, Eric held senior global business development roles with General Dynamics, Sonardyne International, Kongsberg Defense and Aerospace and Kongsberg Maritime. Before his involvement in the underwater acoustics business he took 3 businesses from startup to exit, managing organizations in excess of 40 employees.

An avid mariner, he has significant offshore experience both commercially and for recreation, with 3 transatlantic sailing passages to name a few.

Eric studied Pure and Applied Sciences at Dawson College (Montreal) and went on to Concordia University for a BS in Cartography.

 

William O'Halloran
FOUNDER
Will is the former Director of the Survey Systems Business Unit at Bluefin Robotics. He was responsible for managing the development and deployment of Bluefin's core product line of autonomous marine systems that operate operate up to 6000m water depth.  Clients of these systems include the US Navy, major oil and gas service providers, and academic research institutions.   

Prior to running the Survey Systems group, Will managed Bluefin’s Marine Operations group, responsible for all staff and resource planning in support of major Navy and Commercial test and evaluation programs including Bluefin’s coastal research vessel.

His fieldwork has included participation in several multinational naval exercises, research deployments and even a subsea search for Amelia Earhart's lost Lockheed Electra aircraft.

Will has a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University,  and MPS from the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University.

 

Dr. Jerome Vaganay
FOUNDER
Jerome is the former Director of Inspection Systems at Bluefin Robotics. He was hired by Bluefin in 2001 as underwater navigation specialist. Over the years, he has developed navigation algorithms covering all aspects of Bluefin AUV navigation, including improvements of compass-based navigation algorithms, LBL navigation, USBL-aided deep-water navigation, integrated INS/DVL Kalman filtering, multi-AUV navigation, and hull-relative navigation. 

In 2002 Jerome became Project Manager and Technical Lead for the Hovering Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (HAUV) program. The HAUV project started as an ONR-funded research and development project and transitioned to a multi-year US Navy production contract with PMS-408 under the EOD HULS program (Explosive Ordnance Disposal Hull Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Localization System).  

For 4 years, prior to joining Bluefin, he was an underwater robotics researcher with the French National Center for Scientific Research. He received a doctorate degree from the Science University of Montpellier (France) with a focus on indoor mobile robot navigation in 1993. This doctorate was followed by a two-year post-doctorate split between the MIT Sea Grant AUV Lab and the French Research Institute for Exploration of the Sea (IFREMER) focused on AUV navigation.  He also has published numerous articles and papers relating to robotics, navigation and autonomous hovering platforms.

Jerome is also an avid biker, runner, and swimmer, having completed numerous triathlons.