About MATE II



Marine Advanced Technology Education for Inspiration and Innovation’s (MATE II) vision is to inspire and challenge students to learn and creatively apply scientific, engineering, and technical skills to solve real-world problems and strengthen their critical thinking, collaboration, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

MATE II was founded to support ongoing student education activities initiated at the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center, a resource center funded by the National Science Foundation and headquartered at Monterey Peninsula College (MPC).  Through a memorandum of understanding with MPC, MATE II is gradually taking over management of the MATE competition and other activities currently administered by the MATE Center.

MATE II is a non-profit educational organization tax exempt under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3).  Incorporated in the state of California, MATE II is managed by an independent board of directors:

David Golden, Chairman

David Golden is a native of Albany, Georgia. He holds a B.S. degree in accounting from Brigham Young University and a J.D. degree, also from Brigham Young University, graduating Magna Cum Laude and Order of the Coif and serving on the management committee of the BYU Law Review. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2012.

As well as the MATE II Board, Mr. Golden is deeply involved in community and civic affairs, having formerly led (before his retirement in 2019) the Eastman Foundation’s global corporate and charitable partnership initiatives as its President. He is a member of the American Corporate Counsel Association and the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals. He serves on the Tennessee Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments as well as the Tennessee Trial Court Vacancy Commission and Ballad Health joint board task force.

Jill M. Zande, President/Executive Director

Jill Zande is the Associate Director, Co-PI, and Competition Coordinator for the MATE Center.  Her role is to work with industry to ensure that educational programs are aligned with workforce needs and to facilitate partnerships among educators, students, employers, and working professionals.  Jill’s role also includes identifying 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 (UI) Technical Program Committee Marine Education Track Chair and is a member of the MTS ROV and Education Committees.

Jill has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences.  Prior to the MATE Center, Jill worked as a research associate at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

Deidre E. Sullivan, Vice President

Deidre Sullivan is the director of the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center.  Ms. Sullivan conducts regional and national workforce studies; develops knowledge and skill guidelines and competencies for marine occupations; takes the lead role in strategic planning; identifies potential funding opportunities and writes proposals; develops curricula; and leads faculty workshops.

Deidre has Bachelor’s degrees in Aquatic Biology and Geology and Master’s degrees in Marine Science and Geoscience and graduate minors in GIS and Marine Resource Management.  Deidre has been a college educator for 20 years and has taught courses in Earth and marine science, GIS, marine remote sensing, and marine technology.  Deidre is a Member of the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame and is currently on the Monterey County Water Resources Agency’s Board of Directors.

Debra A. Kill, Treasurer/CFO

Debbi Kill is a CPA, CMA with 30+ years financial management experience.  Her strengths in the areas of financial management, analysis, planning and reporting are combined with a solid background in computerized information systems and general accounting management. Her marine technology experience began in 2001 when she accepted the position of Controller at International Submarine Engineering Ltd.  As Controller, Debbi provided financial leadership in the design and build of unmanned submersible technologies.

From 2009-2015, Debbi served on the board of the Marine Technology Society (MTS) as the Treasurer and VP Budget and Finance and as Financial Liaison on the MTS/IEEE Recon Committee and the Joint Oceans Administrative Board.  She also served as MTS Liaison for OCEANS 2016 Monterey CA and Finance Chair for the OCEANS 2015 Washington DC and OCEANS 2007 Vancouver BC conferences.

Frederick R. Stahr, Secretary

Dr. Frederick “Fritz” Stahr manages the Seaglider Fabrication Center at the University of Washington’s School of Oceanography, making autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) driven by buoyancy (seaglider.washington.edu). Prior to starting SFC in 2005, he taught oceanography and did post-doctoral research on seafloor hydrothermal vent heat-flux using a large AUV from Woods Hole (ABE). He co-founded the Ocean Inquiry Project in 2000, a small non-profit organization dedicated to teaching marine science through on-the-water experience while conducting research in Puget Sound to the benefit of both communities.

Fritz holds a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Washington and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. In his spare time, he helps run the MATE Pacific Northwest Regional ROV Challenge, the regional National Ocean Science Bowl (“Orca Bowl”), and serves on the Executive Committee of the Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems (NANOOS).

Justin E. Manley, Member at Large

Justin Manley is an innovative technologist and executive with experience in startup, public corporation, academic, and public sectors. Mr. Manley has been working with marine technology and robotics since 1990 and is a recognized leader in unmanned systems development and operations. After professional roles at MIT, supporting NOAA and in the private sector Mr. Manley founded Just Innovation Inc. in mid-2015. He supports a variety of clients with a focus on unmanned and undersea systems.

Mr. Manley is extensively involved in the marine technology profession through a variety of leadership roles. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for the Marine Technology Society, and a member of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Advisory Committee. He is also dedicated to innovation, serving as an advisor to startup companies and a judge for the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE.