Jim Bellingham is a pioneer in the development of small, high-performance autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). He is executive director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Assured Autonomy in Baltimore, MD. Bellingham’s work has resulted in a class of systems that are now widely used within the military, industry and science communities. He has been instrumental in innovations for ocean observing and has spent considerable time at sea, leading two dozen AUV expeditions in locations across the Antarctic, North Atlantic, Mediterranean, South Pacific, and Arctic. Bellingham concurrently serves as a research professor in the Whiting School’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and as a senior advisor in APL’s Asymmetric Operations Sector, where he’ll help advance government and defense innovations for national security. Bellingham previously held leadership roles at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, as well as founding the Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Laboratory at MIT Sea Grant. He is a co-founder of Bluefin Robotics, a maker of AUVs. His honors include election to the National Academy of Engineering (induction October 2021), the Navy Superior Public Service Award, and the Lockheed Martin Award for Ocean Science and Engineering, and the MIT Wallace Lectureship. Bellingham received a B.S., an M.S., and a Ph.D., in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.