OSU oceanographers studied Antarctic under-ice water temperature, currents and salinity as part of a National Science Foundation research grant. The four-member team lived in one of the ten feet by twelve feet huts in the photo; the other served as their workspace. In September and October 1974, the crew experienced air temperatures with a wind chill of more than minus 100 degrees Fahrenheit. This photo first appeared in the January 1975 Oregon Stater.
The two researchers used the submarine to make dives of 9,200 feet off the coast of Ecuador. The dives were featured in the October 1977 issue of National Geographic. The Alvin was also used for dives off of the Oregon coast in the mid 1980s. This photograph appeared in the December 1978 Oregon Stater.
Gene Alexander explains how water heated by the parabolic reflector could be used to vaporize freon to produce electricity at the OSU Energy Fair, held in the Memorial Union quad. At the time, Alexander was a senior in Mechanical Engineering.