The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center is a national partnership of organizations working to improve marine technical education and help to prepare America's future workforce for ocean occupations. Headquartered at Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) in Monterey, California, the MATE Center has been funded as a National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Center of Excellence since 1997. Each year, the MATE international ROV competition challenges students from all over the world to design and build ROVs to carry out missions simulating scenarios found in real world underwater environments. Teams participating in the competition must think of themselves as companies that manufacture, market, and sell their product. In addition to engineering and manufacturing an ROV, each team must also prepare a detailed technical report, a marketing display, and a product sales presentation.