USF Connect: Bridging academia and tech business


Tampa Deep Sea Xplorers is developing an autonomous underwater vehicle using the swimming pool at the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus. Using the pool is an economical way to test the equipment they hope will be used commercially someday.

“You have so many connections just by being in here,” says Art Ianuzzi, as he sits in a conference room at USF Connect, strategically located near campus.

He and Ed Larson, the Xplorers’ Founder and CEO, are part of a team that makes its business home at USF Connect.