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Dr. Marie Farson

Associate Professor of Earth Science and Engineering Science
Department Chair for Engineering

Teaching Area(s)

Earth Science
Engineering Science


  • PhD, Applied Ocean Sciences, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • BA, Pomona College


Dr. Marie Farson has extensive experience working in marine engineering and more than 15 years' sea-going research experience working with autonomous and unmanned remotely operated vehicles in Panama, Singapore, and India. Her more recent experience includes the development of open source hardware, including 3-D printers and a filament extruder. 

Scholarly Interests

  • Undersea vehicles
  • Marine geophysics
  • Open source hardware: 3-D printing

Contributions to Field

  • Developed acoustic and vibration analyses of the New Attack Submarine, conducting wavenumber analyses of the hull-mounted truss response
  • Designed remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and instrumentation used to perform specialized tasks in various underwater environments, including the open ocean, inland lakes, and nuclear power plants
  • Conducted worldwide ROV operations: search and salvage; photographic surveys; underwater video surveys; fisheries population mapping and migration studies; military surveillance and mapping
  • Developed a precision sound velocimeter used in marine geophysical research aimed at measuring stress and strain buildup at underwater plate tectonic spreading centers
  • Developed a 3-D printing filament extruder using recycled plastics for sustainable filament production in developing countries


Fairfax County Engineering Teacher of the Year

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Marine Technology Society
  • The Oceanography Society

Publications and Presentations

Osmon, M.C., 1982, “An electromagnetic flowmeter based on the Hall Effect.” BA thesis, Pomona College, Physics Dept.

McIntyre, M.C., 1987. “Improvements in sound velocity measurement,” Journal of the Marine Technology Society, Vol. 21, no. 4, p. 68–74.

McIntyre, M.C. and D.E. Boegeman, 1986. “A new sound velocity measurement system,” Trans. Am. Geophys. Union, vol. 67, no. 44, p. 1001.

McIntyre, M.C., and L. Dorman, 1987. “Modeling the gravity field due to a random source,” Trans. Am. Geophys. Union, vol. 68, no. 44, p. 1248.

McIntyre, M.C., 1988. “Results of a seafloor positioning system sea-trial,” Trans. Am. Geophys. Union, vol. 69, no. 44, p. 1150.

For additional publications and presentations, please see the CV below.

Dr. Marie Farson CV