We are stunned and very saddened by news of the untimely passing of Christopher Nicholson, founder of Deep Sea Systems International and a pioneer in the development of underwater remote operated vehicles (ROVs). Chris was also an ardent supporter or our MATE ROV programs. Here is a link to an interview with Chris:

Congratulations to AMNO & CO, Alex Miller, Clara Orndorff and Nicholas Orndorff of Seattle Washington, the 2014 winners of the Martin Klein MATE Mariner Award, on being selected to exhibit at the 2016 White House Science Fair in Washington, D.C.

Jan 4, 2016

Mitcham Industries Acquires L-3 Communications Klein Associates

Klein Associates,Inc. of Salem, New Hampshire, the company I founded in the basement of a little rented cottage in Lexington, MA on Jan. 24, 1968, has been purchased by Mitcham Industries. This is the third time the company has been sold. The first buyer was OYO in 1989. Then L-3/com in 2000. I send greetings and best wishes to the new owners. For the announcement see the new company website at

Congratulations to Rayan Armani of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, winner of the Martin Klein MATE MARINER Award, at the 14th Annual International MATE ROV Competition In St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador!

Congratulations to Vanessa Huerta of the HAWKS ENGINEERING TEAM from Hoffman Estates High School, Hoffman Estates, Illinois for winning the Martin Klein MATE Mariner Award at the 2022 MATE International ROV Competition in Long Beach, CA. Well done!

Frederick J. Squires, Jr. 1927 - 2017

Very sad to have to announce the passing of US Navy Retired Chief Petty Officer Frederick J. Squires, Jr., my friend and right-hand man for most of my career. A true American hero he was a "tin can sailor" having served on a Navy destroyer in World War II. He had just turned 90 years old. Fred played a huge part assisting me in the development of side scan sonar.

Eternal Father, strong to save,

Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,

Who bidd'st the mighty ocean deep

Its own appointed limits keep;

Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,

For those in peril on the sea!

Sailor Rest Your Oars

Congratulations to Alpena High School for winning the 2016 Martin Klein MATE Mariner Award Medal at the MATE ROV Competition at NASA in Houston, Texas!