OceanGate Founder Hired College Interns to Design the Sub’s Electrical Systems

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OceanGate Founder Hired College Interns to Design the Sub-s Electrical Systems

OceanGate founder and CEO Stockton Rush College reportedly hired college interns to design to designed the ill-fated Titan submersible’s electrical systems.

According to an explosive report, Rush ignored safety warnings and hired students from Washington State University to work on critical systems, The New Yorker reported.

“The whole electrical system — that was our design, we implemented it, and it works,” a former intern told the college paper in February 2018, the report said.

“We are on the precipice of making history, and all of our systems are going down to the Titanic. It is an awesome feeling!” he added.

OceanGate’s former director of marine operations and chief pilot warned the Titan was a “lemon” and not safe to dive in 2018.

Mark Walsh, who was the treasurer of WSU’s Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers club when OceanGate’s director of engineering, Tony Nissen, described some of the company’s challenges

Walsh said that he and fellow students volunteered to offer solutions.

“Tony said, ‘OK, you’re hired,'” said Walsh, who graduated in 2017 with a degree in electrical engineering.

“If electrons flow through it, I’m in charge of it,” he told the WSU paper, adding that he was leading a team of five, including Nelson and two WSU interns.

The WSU report said Nelson recommended senior Doug Yamamoto because of his software engineering experience.

“I like that we have a close relationship with WSU Everett because the interns have been so great,” Walsh said.

“They’ve been taught right at WSU Everett, so this summer we’re going to be hiring more.”

On June 22, WSU told local outlet The Everett Herald that “it does not have an alliance with OceanGate.

“We are aware that some of our graduates have worked at OceanGate. To our knowledge, one graduate currently works there.,” it added.

“We are not privy to what OceanGate projects WSU Everett alumni have been involved in or what their roles may have been outside of publicly available information,” it added.

OceanGate also used interns from Everett Community College’s Ocean Research College Academy.

Last month, The Daily Fetched reported that Rush told the media that the company did not want any experienced “50-year-old white guys” because they weren’t “inspirational.”

During an interview before the submarine entered the ocean to the Titanic wreck, Rush said,.

“When I started a business, one of the things you’ll is that there are other sub operators out there, but they typically have a gentleman who is ex-military, and you see a whole bunch of 50-year-old white guys.”

“I wanted our team to be younger, to be inspirational,” Rush continued.

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Keith Diggs
Keith Diggs
10 months ago

“We are on the precipice of making history, and all of our systems are going down to the Titanic. It is an awesome feeling!” he added.”

This didn’t age well. That’s what happens when you replace “50 year old white dudes” because of “diversity” and your “inclusivity” means you bring on people who don’t even know what a freaking WOMAN is. You die. I have no sympathy for anyone who would look at that BATHTUB with parts from Home Depot and decide to get in it.

Chaos
Chaos
Reply to  Keith Diggs
10 months ago

It’s almost like those 50 yr old white dudes knew a bit more than interns….Who woulda thunk it?

Don
Don
10 months ago

The electrical systems could not have caused the failure. This was a structural probelm

David Carson
David Carson
10 months ago

The CEO was the weak link.

Randy Bailey
Randy Bailey
10 months ago

I fail to see what’s so inspirational about crushing five passengers to death at 12,500 feet. But then I’m not an electrical engineer from a community college in Washington state either.

Polcat
Polcat
10 months ago

what they aren’t telling you is they probably cobbled together a bunch of components designed by a bunch of old white guys.

Htos1av
Htos1av
10 months ago

Screw the diversity c**p!!!! People ARE DEAD!!!!!
COLLEGE INTERNS, on the electricals? Bet they didn’t wire their treehouses with electricity when they were eight years old. Here’s a clue:

I WAS KICKED OUT OF SCHOOL, TWICE. FOR MY GRADES IN ELECTRICAL LAB!!!!!!

My degree sets required 300 credit hours over four years for certification, I had >450 in three years, TWICE….(you get five hours for passing all pre-reqs over a nine week semester) Might have the math for wave curve rises.

My retired paramedic brother STILL thinks I’ve NEVER had a “real” job! LOL!

Htos1av
Htos1av
10 months ago

COLLEGE INTERNS, on the electricals? Bet they didn’t wire their treehouses with electricity when they were eight years old. Here’s a clue:
I WAS KICKED OUT OF SCHOOL, TWICE. FOR MY GRADES IN ELECTRICAL LAB!!!!!!
My degree sets required 300 credit hours over four years for certification, I had >450 in three years, TWICE….(you get five hours for passing all pre-reqs over a nine week semester) Might have the math for wave curve rises.
My retired paramedic brother STILL thinks I’ve NEVER had a “real” job! LOL!

Steven Neunhoffer
Steven Neunhoffer
Reply to  Htos1av
10 months ago

I’m a paramedic. Ditto!

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