Protei Team Introduction

We are very proud to introduce the team of engineers, designers and collaborators who will work on the development of Protei 006 during summer 2011, here at V2_Lab.

This is the core-team for the development of Protei 006 at V2_. Many more people are involved in Protei, you can meet them all on protei.org


Cesar HaradaProtei Coordinator: Cesar Harada (FR, JP), TED Senior Fellow, Open_Sailing Coordinator.
Cesar Harada is the founder of Protei, currently acting as coordinator under the Open_Sailing flag. Cesar is a TED senior Fellow, former MIT project leader, Ars Electronica Golden Nica, graduate from the Design Interactions at the Royal College of Arts in London. 

Etienne Gernez

Academic Coordinator: Etienne Gernez (FR, NO), DNV Veritas Oslo.
Etienne Gernez is a maritime engineer. He's working at DNV (Det Norske Veritas) in Oslo, Norway in the Ships and Structure Hydrodynamics Technical Consultancy unit. He is a graduate from the University of Southampton (UK) and the University of Bordeaux (France) in Numerical modeling and Maritime Engineering Sciences.

Piem Wirtz

Project Manager V2_: Piem Wirtz (NL).
Piem Wirtz is project manager at V2_Lab. She holds a Msc in Industrial Design Engineering and is participating as a dancer in the contemporary dance group Dattah. Piem is actively coaching V2_Lab's artist-in-residents and is all at once a maker, thinker and manager.

Boris Debackere

V2_ Lab Manager: Boris Debackere (BE).
Boris Debackere is an artist, lab manager at V2_ and staff at the postgraduate program Transmedia, Brussels. As a media artist with an emphasis on electronic sound and image most of his recent work and research is focussed on translations and transformations of the cinema concept into new formats like Live Cinema and audiovisual installations.


Engineers and developers

Qiuyang Zhou

Head Engineer: Qiuyang Zhou (CH, DK), Mechatronics, University of Southern Denmark.
Qiuyang Zhou, master of Mechatronics, bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, was born in China, 1985. He concentrated his research interest in Cybersailing during his master program period in Denmark. He enjoys programming, sailing, basketball and tabletennis.

Roberto Melendez

Engineer: Roberto Melendez (El Salvador, USA), Mechanical and Ocean Engineering, MIT.
Roberto Melendez is a student of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering at MIT. A native from El Salvador, he enjoys sailing, biking, windsurfing, fútbol and being outdoors in general.

Logan Williams
Engineer: Logan Williams (USA), Electrical Engineering, MIT.

Logan is a student in Electrical Engineering at MIT. Hailing from the rainy coast of Oregon, United States, he enjoys cycling, design, and the environment. He'll be assisting with the design and construction of the electrical systems on Protei this summer.

Gabriella Levine
Engineer: Gabriella Levine (USA), Interactive Media, ITP at NYU
Gabriella is an interactive artist and open-source hardware designer.  Amongst a lot of other things, she loves sailing. She'll be assisting with the fabrication and electronics hacking for Protei.

Simon de Bakker
Developer at V2_Lab: Simon de Bakker (NL).

Simon de Bakker is working as a software and hardware engineer and is exploring the fields of embedded technologies, smart textiles and soft-sensor design. He holds a BSc in Interaction Design and an MA in Interactive Multi-Media.


Sebastian MüllauerCollaborator, Industrial Product Design: Sebastian Müllauer (DE).
Sebastian Müllauer is a travelling designer who researches, invents and works with self-sufficient-symbiotic systems. He has a special interest in lightweight construction, pneumatics and natural composites.

Sebastian Neitsch

Collaborator, Interaction Design & Sensors: Sebastian Neitsch (DE).
Sebastian Neitsch is often thinking about upcoming evolutions of artificial environments. Besides that he spends his time creating interactive and robotic Installations or - whenever he needs fame and money - big projections onto big buildings.

Jiskar Schmitz

Collaborator, Manufacturing: Jiskar Schmitz (NL).
Jiskar Schmitz is a TU Delft and practice-schooled engineer with skills in design as well as fabricating. He runs a rapid manufacturing company that opens up high end production for any designer. 

Henrik Rudstrøm

Collaborator, Industrial Product Designer:
Henrik Rudstrøm (NL, NO).
Henrik Rudstrøm is an industrial designer with a passion for combining software and mechanics. Experienced sailor and knowledgeable in modern and traditional boat building.

François de la Taste
Intern, Oil recovery: François de la Taste (FR)
François is a 2nd year student at Mines Paris Tech with a major in Engineering design and Management. He is responsible to coordinate all design issues for Protei V6.0 related to oil recovery.



Data Analysis & Visualization

Kasia Molga
Kasia Molga (UK).
see the Oil Compass (2011)

Design Research Team

Aaron GutierrezAmorphica Design Research Office, Aaron Gutierrez (Mexico, USA) 
Aaron Gutierrez is the Founder of Amorphica Design Research Office, a social/spatial architecture and urban design provocation-laboratory based in California & Baja California. Aaron is a graduate of The Southern California Institute of Architecture [SCI-Arc].

Julia CerrudAmorphica Design Research Office, Julia Cerrud (Mexico, USA, Spain)
Julia Cerrud has worked at Amorphica Design Research Office since 2005 as a designer, she has a special interest in exploring the interstices between a virtual model, the prototype, and the actual built object. She received her Architectural Degree from Universidad Iberoamericana [UIA].

Gonzalo TampierSimulation and Math team: Gonzalo Tampier (Chile)
Gonzalo researches and teaches at the Institute of Naval and Maritime Sciences of Universidad Austral de Chile in the south of Chile (Valdivia). He is a Naval Architect and got last year his Dr.-Ing. (German PhD) from the Technical University of Berlin. Among many others, he is interested in Simulation (Operational simulation, CFD, Seakeeping, ...) and Ship Aero- and Hydrodynamics (Ship resistance, VPP, experimental ship hydrodynamics). He is also an occasional sailor hoping to get a more regular one.

Video Documentation

Toni NottebohmDocumentarist, Toni Nottebohm (ES/DE) 
Toni Nottebohm is the documentarist for the Open_Sailing Project since 2009. She combines experience video journalism, advertisement, documentary filmmaking and movie production.


Isidora MarkouDocumentation, Communication & PR Isidora Markou (GR)
Isidora Markou documents, blogs and does all the other communication & PR things necessary to make Protei a sucess.



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