National Geographic Fellow Corey Jaskolski and his team design new technologies—like color night vision—to open new worlds to exploration.
Corey Jaskolski is an engineer, specializing in creating
technologies for some of the most challenging environments on Earth. He
is currently developing new imaging solutions to help National
Geographic explorers and others capture imagery that lets us all see the
world in new ways. He also runs Hydro Technologies, a company that
engineers wireless sensors that can be used to help prevent subsea oil
and gas leaks.
Jaskolski grew up fascinated by technology and
imaging. After earning bachelor's degrees in both physics and
mathematics, he joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
as the DuPont Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Fellow, as
well as the Shell Ocean Engineering Fellow. While at MIT, he headed up
the Bluefin Robotics team, developing the world's first
pressure-tolerant lithium-polymer battery pack, used by autonomous
underwater vehicles for ocean exploration. The battery pack was designed
to withstand the crushing pressure of deep-ocean deployments without
needing to be protected inside a pressure vessel. The technology was
also used to power tiny remote-operated underwater vehicles that
explored the inside of the Titanic. Jaskolski had the opportunity to descend to the wreck of the Titanic (12,500 feet deep) in a three-man Russian submersible to support these robotic operations.
these adventures, Jaskolski founded Hydro Technologies in 2002. He took
a brief hiatus from the company to serve as the Director of Technology
for Remote Imaging at National Geographic. Now, he splits his time
between Hydro Technologies and specialized engineering projects.
of Jaskolski's latest pursuits includes the development of an
ultrahigh-resolution robotic camera system. It was recently used to take
the world's highest resolution underwater image in Hoyo Negro, a cenote
Jaskolski is also creating a high-performance color
night vision system; building a robotic telescope system in his backyard
for deep sky and solar imaging; and developing a multi-modal imaging
platform that allows for simultaneous imaging in the visual,
ultraviolet, infrared, and long-wave infrared (thermal) spectrums.