Aloha, we are HODR, and we welcome you to our website. We are a small team composed of five undergraduate students in the Mechanical Engineering Program at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. Our project advisor is Dr. Zhuoyuan Song, whom specializes in underwater robotics research.

Below is a short biography of each member of our proud team. Please feel free to get acquainted and thank you very much for visiting our website, getting to know a little about us, and understanding a little about our project.

Jonathan Wallen


Jonathan Wallen is the project manager with experience in underwater vehicle systems through working as an intern with Makai Engineering. He has exceptional leadership skills and extensive experience in the construction business.

Sean Foster


Sean Foster is the systems integrator for this project. He currently is studying for his mechanical engineering degree. He has unparalleled skills and experience using SolidWorks and AutoCAD. He also brings forth talent in arts and music, having a background winning several art contests and is very creative.

Christopher Flaris


Christopher Flaris is the fiscal manager and structure lead for this project. He served 8 active years in the US Navy, graduated as a  Business Administration Major in Hawaii Pacific University and currently working at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard as an Apprentice to Engineer program participant. He is working in the Nuclear Engineering and Propulsion Division and has 5 years of experience as a crane electrician in PHNSY.

Greg Okita


Greg Okita is the mechanisms subsystem lead for this project. He has experience in multiple CAD softwares such as SolidWorks, AutoCAD, and Revit gained through internships and engineering courses.

Nathan Diaz


Nathan Diaz is the electrical lead for this project and is a former United States Army veteran with experience with mechanical and electrical systems. He decided to complete his education at UH Manoa because he strongly believes education is a lifelong journey and a career with a degree in mechanical engineering is both challenging and rewarding.