Harry Hubbert (BE NavArch Hons 2014) spent his childhood exploring the water in the picturesque resort town Airlie Beach, in Far North Queensland.
He was first introduced to Naval Architects by his father, who was a boat builder.
“I used to watch them draft and what drew me to the profession was knowing that I could design the entire boat from what it looks like, to what goes into it and how it operates,” Harry said.
“Unlike other types of design, you get to design the aesthetics and the engineering.”
In Year 10 he did work experience with a Naval Architect, which reinforced his resolve to pursue the profession.
“From then on I tailored all my studies to make sure I could attend Australian Maritime College (AMC) at the University of Tasmania and become a Naval Architect.”
Towards the end of his first year of study he was accepted into the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) undergraduate program.
“In this program the RAN paid for my studies, with a guaranteed job as a Marine Engineer in the Navy on completion.”
While Harry was studying at the AMC, he became fascinated with programming and automation.
He set up the Autonomous Technology Society (AMCAT) and designed an autonomous catamaran to compete in an international competition in Singapore.
After graduating in 2014, he spent nine years in the Navy as a marine engineer where he worked on projects such as unmanned mini-submarines that detect mines on the seafloor and robotic boats that will one day travel ahead of a fleet to detect danger.
In 2019 Engineers Australia named him one of Australia’s most innovative engineers for developing a robotic, unmanned surface vessel, using second-hand equipment.
Harry now works for Greenroom Robotics, which was founded by a group of AMC graduates.
“I am the Chief Technology Officer of the company and ensure the technology solutions are cutting-edge, whilst managing and assembling teams to solve our clients’ needs,” he said.
He works on the development of autonomous systems, remote sensing, data analytics, and software production and deployment.