The Marine Technology Society is governed by the Board of Directors, which receives strategic guidance from the Council.

MTS Organizational Structure

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Board of Directors

The board comprises MTS members who are elected every two years by the membership. The positions of the Board of Directors are: president, president-elect, immediate past-president, vice president of industry and technology, vice president of government and public affairs, vice president of education and research, treasurer and vice president of budget and finance, vice president of publications, and vice president of section affairs. The board meets at least twice a year, at the spring Offshore Technology Conference and the fall OCEANS MTS/IEEE conference.


The Council provides advice to the Board of Directors on the technical, business and financial affairs of the society. The Council consists of the nationally elected Board of Directors, locally elected section chairs and those professional committee chairs who request a seat on the Council., and two student members.


Local sections focus on events and programs unique to their geographic areas, enhancing networking among local colleagues, businesses, universities and government/military offices. Programs vary from section to section, but for the most part, sections hold regular meetings to share technical information, enjoy social events, support high school and university student activities, and discuss developments in their areas. Many sections publish newsletters and sponsor conferences and workshops. Each section has an executive committee composed of a chair, vice-chair, secretary and treasurer.

Professional Committees

MTS Professional Committees are technical interest groups that facilitate the exchange and transfer of technical information among professionals from academia, government and industry.

Each established professional committee focuses on the concerns of a specific subject area. Investigations and assessments are conducted under the auspices of the professional committees. Committee members present papers at technical forums and disseminate information through MTS publications.

The number of professional committees can vary, based on the relevance, importance and interest in a particular area or subject. Each professional committee has, at the least, a chair and may have additional executive members. Participation on the committees and nominations for committee chairs are open to all MTS members.

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