Jill Zande is the President/Executive Director of MATE Inspiration for Innovation and the Associate Director for the MATE Center. She administers the MATE ROV Competition and manages the regional competition network. Jill’s role also includes identifying and pursuing potential funding opportunities, writing proposals, and strategic planning. She coordinated the development of MATE’s Underwater Robotics: Science, Design & Fabrication textbook.
Jill is an active member of the Marine Technology Society (MTS). She served on the MTS Board as the Vice President of Education and Research for 6 years. She currently serves as the Underwater Intervention Technical Program Committee Marine Education Track Chair.
Jill has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Penn State University and a Master’s degree in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences from the Louisiana State University. Prior to the MATE Center, Jill worked as a research associate at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.