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Dana Manalang

Senior Engineer





Department Affiliation

Electronic & Photonic Systems


B.S. Ocean Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology, 1998

M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2000

In The News

To study Earth's most extreme environment, researchers wire up an undersea volcano

PBS News Hour

Hundreds of miles off the coast of Oregon and Washington, there's an undersea volcano known as Axial Seamount. Two months ago when it began spewing lava, it wasn't a secret to a group of scientists engaged in a groundbreaking research project. Hari Sreenivasan reports on their Cabled Observatory — a network of sensors, moorings and cameras that offers views of a little-known world.

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7 Jul 2015

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Preparing to install the world's largest underwater observatory

UW News and Information, Hannah Hickey

The National Science Foundation in 2009 launched the $239 million effort led by John Delaney, UW professor of oceanography, to create a cabled observatory that will bring power and Internet to the ocean floor. This new concept will use remote-controlled instruments and high-bandwidth video to create an enduring, real-time presence in the deep ocean.

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15 Apr 2013

Researchers in the UW's Applied Physics Laboratory were tasked by Delaney to build and test the equipment that will make up the observatory. Much of that equipment will be installed this summer. This is the biggest project the 70-year-old marine engineering institute has ever undertaken, said project lead Gary Harkins, a principal engineer with the lab.

"This concept of a real-time observatory will change what we do as ocean engineers, what we will learn how to do, and what ocean scientists can do with these systems now and in the future," Harkins said.

The cabled observatory, known as the Regional Scale Nodes project, is part of the national Ocean Observatories Initiative, an effort to integrate U.S. measurements of the ocean and seafloor. Other partners will build coastal and global observing networks, manage the data and conduct educational outreach. The Pacific Northwest observatory will span the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate off the Washington and Oregon coasts, the likely source of the next large regional earthquake.

UW leads ambitious effort to monitor the ocean

The Seattle Times, Theodoric Meyer

A group of University of Washington scientists spent part of the summer wiring the ocean floor to monitor ocean events in real time, a project expected to be completed in 2014. APL-UW engineers explain the challenging environments of the deep sea and active seafloor volcanoes that must be addressed.

7 Sep 2012

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