About

Clear Blue Sea’s Mission

Cleanse the Oceans of Plastic Pollution
to Ensure the Survival of the Marine Ecosystem on Planet Earth

We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) dedicated to cleansing our oceans of plastic debris and sustainably repurposing collected plastic pollution.

MISSION: Ensure the survival of the marine ecosystem and the health of the maritime economy by removing macro and microplastic debris from our oceans and returning the marine environment back to clear blue seas.

START UP STRATEGY: Secure crowdfunding for the initial design of our Floating Robot for Eliminating Debris (FRED), educational outreach, and technology roadmap. We also will apply for federal, NGO, and philanthropic grants for FRED prototype development. We will optimize our design and develop a small fleet of FREDs for a pilot project in the Pacific Gyre. Based on pilot findings, Clear Blue Sea will commercialize FRED fleets for deployment around the world.

Our Mission Supports the United Nations Goal #14:
Conserve and sustainably use oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development

Cleanse the Oceans

Clear Blue Sea is developing innovative, seafaring robotic technology that will allow autonomous ocean clean up of harmful plastics from the ocean

Sustainable Recycling

Clear Blue Sea is designing recycling and repurposing processes and facilities with teaming partners; this will enable us to sustainably take care of plastic harvested from the sea

Educate the World

Most people are unaware of pollution at sea since giant ocean garbage patches are out of sight and out of mind

Meet The Team

Mark Ott
PRESIDENT AND CO-FOUNDER
  • Founded two companies in marine robotics, including First Founder of Ocean Aero
  • Specializes in AUSV designs for long range missions powered by the sun and wind

Email me: mtott@clearbluesea.org

Susan Baer
VP AND CO-FOUNDER, MBA/PMP
  • Prior SAIC IT Division Manager
  • Prior NASA PM
  • Mentor/Instructor in Technology Development and Commercialization

E-mail Me: susanb@clearbluesea.org

Jessica Gottdank
PROJECT ENGINEER, BSME
  • CleantechEngineering
  • Prior Boeing Design Engineer for C-17 aircraft ground support equipment
  • Olin College of Engineering alumna

Email me: jgottdank@clearbluesea.org

Vance (Bud) McClure
PHYSICAL CHEMIST
  • UCSD research in quantum mechanics
  • Scripps Institute of Oceanography
  • NOAA Atmospheric Studies
  • R&D in aero-and thermodynamics and propulsion
Chris Todter
SENIOR ENGINEER
  • Worked on 7 America’s Cup campaigns as chief engineer, scientist, and technical director
  • Aero and hydrodynamic consultant for the James Cameron Earthship Deep Challenge to reach the bottom of the Marianas Trench
Theresa A. Smullen
MARKETING CONSULTANT
  • Expertise in marketing, media, and communications for maritime enterprises
  • Business development leadership, proven to generate growth for maritime, technology solution providers, multi-media production studios, and advertising agencies
Dr. Nikolai Maximenko
SCIENCE ADVISOR
  • Physical Oceanographer, University of Hawaii
  • Expertise in ocean circulation and numerical simulations of pathways, accumulation in garbage patches, and impacts on the ecosystem of marine debris from disasters and general sources
Carrie Ford
SENIOR ACCOUNTANT
  • Specialist in Non-Profit Financial Accounting
  • Budget Planning
  • Financial Analyses and Reporting
Jim Antrim
CHIEF ARCHITECT ANTRIM ASSOCIATES
  • Webb Institute Graduate
  • 2003 Sailing World Boat of the Year –Sportboat
  • Diverse design portfolio of custom multi-hull and mono-hull sailboats, wingsail assisted motor-catamarans, and solar-powered, unmanned electric craft
Brian Jensen
SENIOR ENGINEER SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS, JENSEN ENERGY RESEARCH
  • Engineering expertise in power storage, solar energy, and electric motors
  • Extensive experience managing projects for R&D of solar energy solutions leading to product commercialization
Joel Smith
MECHANICAL ENGINEER
  • Expertise in innovative design and manufacturing
  • Specialties include mechanical systems and lightweight composite structures
  • Holds 6 patents and has commercialized over 20 original products from concept to full production
Joyce Tang
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
  • Over 20 years from-the-ground-up IT experience
  • Founder of AgilisIT
  • Consultant to Fortune 1000’s

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