2015 MTS Board of Directors Elections

MTS Board of Directors Election Results 2015

MTS Elects Doug Wilson as Vice President of Section Affairs

Doug Wilson retired from a career as a NOAA Oceanographer in June 2012.  He spent 19 years at the NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory in Miami, FL, conducting research on Indian Ocean monsoon currents, ENSO ocean dynamics, circulation of the Western Tropical Atlantic and Caribbean Sea. He spent the following 11 years at the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office in Annapolis, MD, where he most recently designed and deployed the Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS).  He serves as Project Coordinator of the Global Ocean Observing System Regional Alliance for the Caribbean, and on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Regional Observing System for the Mid-Atlantic, MARACOOS.  He was recently awarded the 2013 Francis W. Reichelderfer Award by the American Meteorology Society, given in recognition of distinguished contributions to the provision of operational environmental services to the public.

He presently runs a consulting company, Caribbean Wind LLC, supporting ocean observing projects in the Chesapeake Bay, Mid-Atlantic region, and the Caribbean Sea.  He is a Senior Oceanographer and Associate at RPS ASA.  Present and recent clients include Sea-Bird Coastal, AXYS Technologies, Rutgers University, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Puerto Rico, University of the Virgin Islands, and the Chesapeake Research Consortium. 

He has been an active participant and presenter at MTS-sponsored events since the 1980’s, and is presently serving as Technical Program Chairman for the MTS/IEEE OCEANS ’15 Conference in Washington, D.C.


MTS Elects Mike Pinto as Treasurer and Vice President of Budget and Finance

After graduating with a degree in biology from San Jose State University in 1973 Mike's early career included co-ownership of a home aquarium manufacturing company and C.F.O. of an engineering temporary employment agency.  He joined the Monterey Bay Aquarium in 1983 as their first accountant and held the position of C.F.O./Treasurer for 16 years.  In 1999 Mike joined the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) as C.F.O./Treasurer, the position held today.

Mike volunteers as treasurer for several small non-profits in the Monterey Bay area including the Elkhorn Slough Foundation and the Monterey Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute.  In addition he serves on the investment and finance committees of the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. He has served for over ten years as a volunteer for the MATE ROV competition at both the regional and international competitions as well as being the Finance Chair for the OCEANS ‘16 Conference in Monterey.                                         

2015-2016 PRESIDENT

MTS Elects Ray Toll as President

The Marine Technology Society is pleased to announce the election of Ray Toll to its Board of Directors as President. He will assume his new position as of January 1, 2015. Election results were announced during the MTS Annual Meeting, which took place during the OCEANS’14 MTS/IEEE Conference this month in St. John’s, NL, CA. 

Toll brings an extensive background in marine technology to his new position, including 26 years in Naval Oceanography, serving in technical and leadership positions including Commanding Officer of Naval Pacific Meteorology and Oceanography Center in San Diego, CA, and Director of Oceanography for Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, VA. After retirement, he worked for SAIC as Program Manager for NASA Langley involving 250 employees, and as NOAA Account Manager, providing leadership, program management and direction to the company's earth science thrust in air, water and climate.  In this capacity, he worked with NOAA and 17 Federal Partners to advance the President’s Ocean Commission’s thrust for a national integrated ocean observing system at the federal and regional level. Last summer, he joined the Old Dominion University where he enjoys working with students, and is in the process of creating the campus’s first student section.
Among his goals as President, Toll notes, “I would like to position MTS as the leading professional society for ocean observing, as defined in the President’s Ocean Action Plan and the Ocean Commission report.  I firmly believe that the oceans are one of the last frontiers on this planet and it is incumbent upon this generation to set the example of stewardship and discovery in order to understand how the oceans drive our planet. This nation needs a national ocean enterprise to advance such national priorities, promote our energy sector and more effectively address catastrophic events.”


MTS Elects Donna Kocak as President-Elect

The Marine Technology Society is pleased to announce the election of Donna Kocak to its Board of Directors as President-Elect. She will assume her new position as of January 1, 2015. Election results were announced during the MTS Annual Meeting, which took place during the OCEANS’14 MTS/IEEE Conference this month in St. John’s, NL, CA. 

Donna Kocak has served MTS in numerous positions prior to her election as President-Elect, including Vice President of Publications, Chair of the Ocean Observing Systems and Underwater Imaging Committees, as well as the Society’s Editorial and International Committees. She has over 25 years experience in the ocean engineering field supporting design, development and testing of various projects as well as starting a small business to develop software for underwater video/laser imaging systems. In her present position as Advanced Programs Engineer at HARRIS Corporation’s Government Communications Systems Division, Kocak is spearheading maritime projects with industry, government and academia. She holds three Master’s Degrees and was named the Space Coast Society of Women Engineer’s “2012 Outstanding Woman Engineer.”
Among her goals as President-Elect, Kocak notes, “I would like to strengthen our Society as marine technology experts, to see MTS associated with all matters concerning technology and the ocean and to be the “go-to” society that everyone turns to. We can gauge success when our leadership/members are called upon to assist with challenging maritime issues; our publications are requested worldwide because they deliver high-caliber content on important themes; information on timely and critical topics is disseminated to the general public; and our website and social media outlets are increasingly accessed to deliver value to our members. I would also like to look to build a stronger network for our members. This includes more active involvement by senior professionals/SMEs, increased international activity and new users (students/professionals/companies) continuously joining the network.”


MTS Elects Andrew Clark as Vice President, Industry and Technology

The Marine Technology Society is pleased to announce the election of Andrew (Andy) Clark to its Board of Directors as Vice President of Industry and Technology. He will assume his new position as of January 1, 2015. Election results were announced during the MTS Annual Meeting, which took place during the OCEANS’14 MTS/IEEE Conference this month in St. John’s, NL, CA. 

Andy Clark brings his wide-ranging experience to his position as Vice President, Industry and Technology. His maritime career began 1974 in the Gulf of Mexico’s oilfields. In 1979, he was awarded one of Ed Link’s internships at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and stayed on until 1998, succeeding Link as Director of Engineering Research and Development. Clark left HBOI to found HARRIS Corporation’s Maritime Communications (now HARRIS CapRock) and served as its first President. Appointed by NOAA in 2005 as Industry Liaison for the National Office of Ocean Observation, he led the national effort to engage industry with US-IOOS. In 2008 he founded and served as CEO of CSnet International, designing and deploying international seafloor sensor networks. Currently Trustee of Florida Institute of Technology, the Link Foundation and Board of Florida Atlantic University, he’s been awarded U.S. and International Patents for ROV systems, the Lockheed-Martin Award for Science and Technology, and the Compass Distinguished Achievement Award. He serves on the U.S. National Committee to the United Nations (UNESCO) Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).
Among his goals as Vice President Clark notes, “Our Industry and Technology focus uniquely distinguishes MTS among myriad marine professional organizations. Ten years ago, Industry and Government benefitted immensely from information gathered through the Ocean Commission. I’ll work to make MTS a trusted clearinghouse for producing similar studies on today’s pressing topics, from technologies required for mapping the EEZ to inventorying the tools and taxonomies of marine technology. One tenet of MTS is providing a forum where ocean practitioners meet to exchange ideas and information. 5G-smartphones, TEDtalks, VTCs, podcasts, and blog/forums are increasingly shifting this toward a “virtual meeting space.” I’ll spearhead an effort to exploit these and other asynchronous real-time information delivery methods, both as a member benefit, and also as a means of reaching broader membership, while expanding our international reach.”


MTS Elects Erika Montague as Vice President, Publications

The Marine Technology Society is pleased to announce the election of Erika Montague to its Board of Directors as Vice President of Publications. She will assume her new position as of January 1, 2015. Election results were announced during the MTS Annual Meeting, which took place during the OCEANS’14 MTS/IEEE Conference this month in St. John’s, NL, CA. 
Newly elected Vice President of Publications, Erika Montague holds a Ph.D. in Oceanography from Johns Hopkins University, as well as an MS and BS from California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo. As Director of Science and Technology at OceanGate, Inc., she has over 15 years of experience in research with the use of submersibles, ROVs and deep-sea landers for numerous oceanographic expeditions around the globe. She serves as the chief scientist and project manager for research and development, assisting clients with the implementation of existing and new technologies to meet their specific needs. Montague worked as a fellow in the Engineering Division at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), where she managed the development of several custom monitoring systems. Prior to MBARI, Montague was a researcher at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution (HBOI) where she supervised the design and maintenance of the autonomous deep-sea observatory Eye-in-the-Sea (EITS), and led cruises to study bioluminescent life forms and test underwater technologies. Montague currently serves as the chair of the Ocean Exploration Committee.

Among her goals as Vice President, Montague notes, “My goal will be for the Marine Technology Society Journal issues to reflect MTS’s evolving membership and involvement in ocean policy. I will strive to include groups and topics outside of the classic oceanographic sector, which provide emerging technologies for MTS. Given the many challenges that face the future of our oceans, it is imperative to encourage cross pollination of information between technological communities.”


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