Mission and History

MTS’s Mission

  • Facilitate a broader understanding of the relevance of marine technology to wider global issues by enhancing the dissemination of marine technology information
  • Promote and improve marine technology and related educational programs
  • Advance the development of the tools and procedures required to explore, study and further the responsible and sustainable use of the oceans.

A Brief History

The Marine Technology Society was incorporated in June 1963 to give members of academia, government and industry a common forum for the exchange of information and ideas, and to “make real contributions in fostering progress in the marine sciences for the benefit of mankind.” Early corporate members included General Dynamics, Raytheon and Oceanographic Engineering Corporation, among others.

Formative Years

We invite you to visit the Marine Technology Society's early years, 1963 through 1988, by reading The Marine Technology Society, Highlights of Twenty Five Years of Service.

In its formative years, the society developed its technical committees structure and called for at least one annual conference and peer-reviewed publications. Early Professional Committees included Underwater Photography, Marine Biology, Undersea Vehicles, Education and Careers in the Marine Sciences, Oceanographic Data and Information, Oceanographic Instrumentation, and Mineral Resources

MTS Today

MTS boasts a membership of businesses, institutions, individual professionals and students. The MTS Journal is published quarterly and is considered among the most prestigious peer-reviewed journals in the marine technology and sciences community.

The society has three technical divisions and approximately 25 Professional Committees (technical interest groups). The society hosts several conferences yearly. It also supports 13 Sections, which focus on events and programs unique to their geographic areas, enhancing networking among local colleagues, businesses, universities and government/military offices.

Throughout MTS's history, the leadership and membership of the society have come from diverse marine and oceans backgrounds. With captains of industry to admirals in the Navy among its members, the Marine Technology Society has provided a broad range of services, supporting a vast array of professional needs.


MTS has been led by 27 presidents since its inception. You can find more about our current leadership on the Leadership page. The society also is proud of the admiralty in its ranks and has brief biographies of the admirals who are and have been MTS members.

In addition, MTS gratefully acknowledges the visionary leadership of the following honorary members:

  • Robert B. Abel
  • Charles H. Bussmann
  • John C. Calhoun
  • John P. Craven
  • Paul M. Fye
  • David S. Potter
  • Athelstan Spilhaus
  • E.C. Stephan
  • Allyn C. Vine
  • James H. Wakelin, Jr.

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