Karl is an engineering contractor working through his own company, SeaKnowledge. He specializes in the mechanical design and deployment of underwater vehicles and deep sea survey equipment. Karl spends about four months a year at sea. His most recent trip took him to the Gulf of Mexico on the Okeanos Explorer to look at methane seeps and shipwrecks.
Karl graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2002 with a Bachelors in Ocean Engineering. He then continued on at MIT, completing a Masters in Ocean Engineering and a Masters in Mechanical Engineering in 2004.