by RUTH BASHINSKY at dailymail.co.uk
An explosive new report has revealed that OceanGate founder Stockton Rush hired college-aged interns to design the ‘critical’ electrical systems for the Titan sub.
Rush along with four others perished during a catastrophic implosion while on a voyage to view the 1912 Titanic shipwreck, 12,500 feet beneath the Atlantic Ocean’s surface on June 18.
Mark Walsh, a former student with Washington State University’s Institute of Electrical and Electronics, who worked on the doomed vessel. He was hired by OceanGate in 2017 after he graduated to lead the company’s electrical engineering division.
In 2018, he enthusiastically told the college paper WSU Insider, that ‘the whole electrical system – that was our design, we implemented it, and it works.’
He added: ‘We are on the precipice of making history and all of our systems are going down to the Titanic. It is an awesome feeling!”
But, by 2019 Walsh was no longer with the company, according to his Linkedin profile.
According to Walsh, OceanGate’s director of engineering, Tony Nissen, described some of the company’s challenges, and at the time he and fellow students volunteered to offer solutions, The New Yorker reported.
‘Tony said, “OK, you’re hired,”‘ said Walsh, who was also the treasurer of WSU’s Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers club.
He told the college newspaper: ‘If electrons flow through it, I’m in charge of it,’ he laughed. ‘That ranges from monitors, keyboards and tablets to the Wi-Fi and sonar.’
During that time, Walsh explained that he was leading a team of five, including Nissen and two WSU interns. According to the college paper, Nissen had also recommended senior Doug Yamamoto because of his software engineering experience.
OceanGate was also using interns from Everett Community College’s Ocean Research College Academy, but that partnership ceased in 2019, according to the Everett Herald.