Tony Nissen

Director of Engineering

As Director of Engineering for OceanGate, Inc., Tony provides technical direction, oversight, and project management in the research and development, operation, design, and troubleshooting of all manned submersibles, their supporting machinery, launch and retrieval equipment, and required documentation and certification efforts.

Tony began his career in the late 1980’s as a U.S. Navy Deep Sea Diver, Electronics Technician, and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Reserve Unit trainer. He left a distinguished military diving career to install and certify the first multi-place hyperbaric medicine facility in Utah. Soon after that facility was successfully in operation, Tony went on to obtain his Bachelor of Science in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. Tony has designed, inspected, and/or certified systems under the regulations and requirements of: the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, Naval Sea Systems Command, NASA, the FAA, and EASA.

A few of Tony’s engineering accomplishments include: building an end-station for Beamline 4.0.3 at the Advance Light Source at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to study the resonant soft X-ray scattering on layer manganite; designing the first instrument to measure temperature, pressure, and displacement at an O-ring groove, simultaneously, during a rocket motor firing; leading the final assembly project engineering and configuration management efforts for Alliant Tech System’s Abort Motor for NASA’s Launch Abort System with full flight demonstration as PA-1; and the designing and building of a highly technical test facility for B/E Aerospace with the final design out performing Boeing’s Everett test facility by over 2:1 in cycle time and at a significantly reduced cost.

Tony will lever his experience in materials science, subsea technology, R&D, critical design and inspection processes and requirements, configuration management, and instrumentation design and integration to build extremely safe, reliable, and cost effective subsea systems for human transportation and exploration.