Craig Lee is an oceanographer who leads a team of scientists and technologists that pursues a wide range of oceanographic field programs, including intensive studies of the Kuroshio Current, coupled physical–biogeochemical studies (such as the recent patch-scale investigation of the North Atlantic spring phytoplankton bloom), and studies aimed at quantifying and understanding Arctic change. An important component of this work involves identifying advances that could be achieved through novel measurements, and then developing new instruments to meet those needs. The team’s accomplishments include the manufacture of autonomous gliders capable of extended operation in ice-covered waters, high-performance towed vehicles, and light-weight, inexpensive mooring technologies.