Public Outreach Activities
Capitol Hill Briefing
MTS CAPITOL HILL BRIEFING ON THE ARCTIC
The Marine Technology Society ( www.mtsociety.org ), the House Oceans Caucus, and the Congressional Arctic Working Group recently hosted a Capitol Hill Briefing on the topic:
“Technology Solutions in an Opening Arctic”.
This briefing discussed problems associated with increased traffic in the Arctic and how technology can help mitigate these. It discussed the opening of the arctic as well as new satellite and unmanned systems being developed for arctic applications. The panel also discussed new scientific and economic opportunities associated with the Arctic.
Mr. Justin Manley
Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, Marine Technology Society
RADM (Ret) Jon White
President, Consortium for Ocean Leadership
Dr. Kelly Falkner
National Science Foundation, Division of Polar Programs
Mr. David Mottarella
Senior Manager, Maritime, Harris Corp
Mr. Graham Hine
Senior Vice President, Liquid Robotics
State of Ocean Technology 2015
Thursday, October 22, 2015
2168 Rayburn House Office Building - The Gold Room
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
The House Ocean Caucus is pleased to invite you to a briefing on the State of Ocean Technology. Hear from a panel of marine technology experts about the latest innovations in offshore oil/gas, ocean observing, robotics, offshore energy, and the importance of STEM education to marine technology. For questions or to RSVP, contact Bryan Cole with Rep. Farr (email@example.com) or Scott Leathard (firstname.lastname@example.org) with Rep Young.
The Marine Technology Society, in conjunction with the House Oceans Caucus, hosted a Capitol Hill Briefing on "The Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370); Marine Technology in Support of the Deep Sea Search and Salvage." For full recap of the briefing please visit http://bit.ly/HillBriefMH370.
MTS was proud to welcome U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell (R-VA-2nd) to OCEANS 2012. The congressman welcomed the platform of OCEANS and the technical expertise of the audience to discuss matters of energy, environment, and the ocean policy efforts of the 112th Congress. Read more in MTS Currents, Jan/Feb 2013 Issue.
The 2nd USA Science and Engineering Festival was held in Washington, D.C. on April 28-29, 2012. The site — Walter E. Washington Convention Center — was filled with over 3,000 fun, interactive exhibits, more than 100 stage shows and 33 author presentations. Over 150,000 attended the event — all
there to celebrate science. The Festival’s mission is to re-invigorate the interest of the nation’s youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by producing and presenting the most compelling, exciting, educational and entertaining science festival in the United States.
The Marine Technology Society had a booth in the Sea and Sky Fest area, and was manned by volunteers from MTS and MTS DC Section, Oceaneering, and the MATE Center. NOAA was represented in the Hall, as were several MTS member organizations, including VideoRay. At the booth, Oceaneering’s “Spider- Bot” – the fi rst ROV to enter the hull of the Titanic – was on display along with a cold-weather rope supplied by Whitehill Manufacturing Corporation, with assistance from Evan Zimmerman, Chair of the Ropes and Tension Committee. Read more
With Congress finishing a lame-duck session, the MTS government relations team of Justin Manley (VP government and public affairs), Richard Lawson, (executive director) and Jeff Taylor (U.S. Government Relations International) turned its attention in December to a series of meeting with embassies whose interests dovetail with MTS or ocean technology in general.
After a successful November meeting with the Royal Norwegian Embassy, the MTS team focused its attention on the U.K., Canada and Japan.
On December 9, Manley led the delegation in a meeting with the British Embassy. The embassy officials included Margaret Lemmerman, senior policy advisor for energy, and Raissa Dalusung, business development associate at UK Trade & Investment.
Manley and Lawson outlined the mission and history of MTS and volunteered the organization’s abilities and resources to the embassy on matters pertaining to the many committees organized within MTS.
The MTS team also went into depth about the upcoming TechSurge workshop on ocean pollution and MTS conferences, and invited the embassy to take a meaningful role in securing speakers and other resources for these conferences.
Lemmerman focused mainly on policy matters and spent quality time on the scope of MTS members in renewable energy projects, such as off-shore wind and wave technologies.
Dalusung’s interest was business development, and companies and technologies that could be partnered with peers in the U.K. To that end, she volunteered to communicate with her constituency in the energy and ocean technology arena that MTS was a resource for the embassy and that these companies might benefit from joining MTS. As of this writing, Dalusung has followed through on her commitment to begin a dialogue with MTS.
Because the embassy is the largest in Washington, with numerous departments that dovetail with energy, environment, fisheries and MTS-related subjects, Lemmerman suggested a follow-up meeting with her colleagues in other divisions who were unable to attend this particular meeting.
Later on December 9, the MTS government relations team met with the Embassy of Canada, specifically With Duncan Stewart, environment and fisheries officer, and Jerome Pischella, senior trade commissioner at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.
Much like the British Embassy meeting, this meeting broke into policy and business development discussions, with Stewart focusing on policy and Pischella on trade and commerce.
Understanding that there are active MTS Sections in Canada, Pischella was very open in offering help with companies in Canada that might be potential members. Moreover, both Stewart and Pischella offered assistance in liaising with companies in Canada that might benefit from taking part in future TechSurge workshops and MTS conferences.
The following day, December 10, the MTS government relations team met with Takero Kasaya, head of the Washington office for the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC).
JAMSTEC is the Japan Embassy’s resource on matters relevant to MTS subjects. This meeting was very cordial, and Kasaya revealed that he would soon be closing the JAMSTEC Washington office. In response, the government relations team offered MTS as a resource to the JAMSTEC Tokyo office in matters involving U.S. government and industry relations. Kasaya and his assistant took numerous notes on how MTS and JAMSTEC could further work together, and follow-up with the main Tokyo office is certainly on MTS’s the things-to-do-list for 2011
Dr. Fritz Stahr, chair of the Puget Sound Section, submitted a report to and testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation in July. Stahr, a physical oceanographer at the University of Washington, described the Marine Technology Society is some detail. His testimony is at about minute 87 in the video on the committee's website.
Several other MTS members were also called upon to testify before Congress this summer about the Deepwater Horizon spill, including Dr. Benton Baugh with Radoil; James Pappas with Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America; and Dr. Sylvia Earle with the National Geographic Society.
MTS always welcomes individuals who are experts in their fields into the Experts Directory. Contact Ms. Chris Barrett, at email@example.com, (202) 717-8705, ext. 101 to submit an application for inclusion in the directory. Applications are vetted to ensure expertise.