Associate Director, Co-Principal Investigator, and Competition Coordinator
- M.S. Oceanography & Coastal Studies, Louisiana State University
- B.S. Biology, Minor in Marine Science, Penn State University
Current Position:As the Associate Director, Co-PI, and Competition Coordinator for the MATE Center, Jill’s role is to work closely with industry to ensure that educational programs are aligned with workforce needs and to facilitate partnerships among educators, students, employers, and working professionals. Jill maintains relationships with well over 100 businesses, research institutions, government agencies, and professional societies and nearly 200 middle schools, high schools, colleges, and universities that participate in MATE ROV competitions each year.
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.
Related Experience: 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 the chair of the MTS-Monterey Bay section. She is also a member of the MTS ROV and Education Committees.
Prior to marine technical education, Jill’s focus was on marine research. During her Master's degree program at LSU, Jill participated in research cruises that investigated hydrocarbon seep communities in the Gulf of Mexico using the Johnson Sea-Link and Alvin submersibles. As a research technician at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL), Jill's focus shifted from the deep ocean to the coastal environments where she studied seagrass communities.
Personal Interests:Jill is a huge fan of outdoor activities (hiking, camping, bike riding, snow skiing, and sky and SCUBA diving) and the Philadelphia Eagles. She also enjoys traveling (Venice is her favorite destination), wine tasting, reading, and spending time with her husband Roy Woods and daughter Addison.