Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

MS in Mechanical Engineering (M.S.M.E.)

Degree Granting Department

Mechanical Engineering

Major Professor

Ajit Mujumdar, Ph.D.

Co-Major Professor

Rasim Guldiken, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Goni Rodrigo, Ph.D.


Boat, Hybrid Vehicle, Mechanisms, Robotics


Natural calamities are on a rise with each passing year. Disasters like floods and fire take many lives all around the world, especially in remote areas or less developed countries. One such incident was the Kerala Floods in India where rescue services had difficulty reaching to all the people on time since a huge landmass (more than 9 districts) was flooded and hence villagers or other people risked their lives to save others in danger without proper safety equipment. Amazon Rainforest Fires was another example for a major destruction of an ecosystem. The main reason for lack of facilities in such remote parts is, it’s difficult for governments of developing nations to provide expensive rescue equipment across all regions. There is a need for less expensive and proper rescue modes which could be useful in multiple natural calamities. This topic of this thesis was inspired from many recent natural calamities that have taken place all over the world. An effort has been made through this project to develop a Wireless Unmanned Rescue Vehicle named ROBOAT especially for rescue missions in Water. This vehicle is also aimed to be used for various rescue Inspection purposes on land in all terrains. The development stages of this prototype include many features already and a huge scope for adding more in the future.