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Joseph Anthony Curcio

Mr. Curcio has worked in various mechanical engineering positions including design, fabrication and servicing of equipment ranging from automotive sensors to programmable logic controllers used in autonomous marine systems.  His work as engineer aboard large sailing vessels has taught him the necessary skills required in the design of systems that are robust enough to meet the rigorous demands imposed by deployment in the ocean environment.   Mr. Curcio brings with him a strong background in fundamental theory that is augmented by a depth of practical hands-on skills and years of experience.

Mr. Curcio received his Master’s of Engineering and Master’s of Science in Ocean Engineering and Ocean Systems Management from MIT in 1995.  His Master’s thesis addressed the concept of remote monitoring of the benthic marine environment using robotic camera systems.  His research efforts eventually led to an appointment in the MIT Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Lab where he led a team in the design and development of the world’s first production level Autonomous Underwater Vehicle capable of hovering and station-keeping (CETUS - Lockheed Martin).  (Story published in Sea Technology, December 1998)  Mr. Curcio also developed and taught an introductory engineering course for MIT Ocean Engineering students that focused on the design, fabrication and use of underwater electro-mechanical systems
The course was intended to bridge the gap in the engineering curriculum by exposing students to a practical design process from conception through manufacture.  Students were introduced to computer modeling and drafting software (Autocad and Solidworks), taught pressure vessel theory and basic machine shop skills.  The course culminated in the fabrication of a camera system that students deployed in the shark tank at the New England Aquarium in Boston, MA.  

Prior to studying at MIT, Mr. Curcio received his Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Vermont.   While at UVM, Mr. Curcio worked for IBM in Essex Junction, Vermont, designing and fabricating electro-mechanical systems for automating the production of microprocessors and memory chips.  Additional experience was gained during his undergraduate years working in two machine shops and at a biomedical repair and maintenance business.   He was responsible for developing biomedical hardware for the orthopedic department at UVM and servicing cardio-pulmonary machinery used in hospitals throughout Vermont.  While in high school, Mr. Curcio volunteered at a local hospital as a biomedical technician.  In this position, he worked closely with a biomedical engineer as they designed and installed a wireless cardiac monitoring system that significantly improved the environment for post operative cardiac patients by allowing them improved mobility during the recovery process. 

Mr. Curcio lives with his wife, Paula, on Forest Lake in Gray, Maine, where he has set up his consulting practice and keeps himself occupied with business development, home renovations, sailing and local politics.
  Currently Mr. Curcio is working as a consultant in the design and development of various marine systems.  He was recently awarded US Patent Number 6,414,629 for the development of a GPS based tracking system intended for locating persons lost at sea and looks forward to the day that this system is responsible for saving lives.
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