Eric Berkenpas
Systems Engineer
Second Star Robotics


Eric Berkenpas of Second Star Robotics:  How to engineer solutions to study the world’s most extreme environments

Eric is a co-founder of Second Star Robotics. He is formerly the Senior Director of the Exploration Technology Lab at the National Geographic Society. While there he developed technology programs in both terrestrial and marine conservation. He established critical partnerships with technology companies and worked to provide National Geographic grantees, collaborating researchers, and initiatives with novel technology solutions in the field. An engineer first and foremost he built a novel high-reliability real-time operating system for low-power microcontrollers, created control systems for deep diving underwater robotics, and new methods for surveying archaeological sites with radar. He has been around the world from Antarctica to King Tut’s tomb in support of National Geographic expeditions and projects.

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