Awards and Honors

MTS Awards

MTS awards honor professionals, committees, regional sections, or student sections in one of 13 categories. We also bestow the prestigious Marine Technology Society Fellow designation to deserving professionals.
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Award Program Details

Marine Technology Society Awards and Honors Program

MTS recognizes engineers, scientists, technologists, policy-makers, educators, and students who make a significant impact on the profession or in their community. Each MTS award winner is recognized during the annual OCEANS conference and in various publications.

Nomination Process

Nominations for awards are submitted by electronic form. Forms for each nomination are shown below. Nominations for 2021 Awards are due by May 31, 2021.

About MTS Fellows

Designation as a Marine Technology Society Fellow is one of the highest accolades a member can achieve. Since 1975, this title had been awarded to MTS members who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the Society’s objectives and who have distinguished accomplishments and experience in their professional fields.

About Honorary Members

This honor is bestowed upon unanimous approval of the Board, to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the marine community and who have, through service to the community, acted in consonance with the objectives of the Society.

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Compass Distinguished Achievement Award

Presented to any individual who has sustained a career marked by achievements that have had significant impact on the fields of marine science and technology.

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Compass International Award

Presented to an individual, company or organization for outstanding contributions to the advancement of marine science and technology; open to those from any country or territory outside the United States.

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Compass Industrial Award

Presented to any legally operated industrial firm (excluding government and non-profit organizations) that has demonstrated outstanding contributions to marine science and technology.

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John P. Craven Mentor Award

Recognizing the long and impactful career of John Piña Craven, the MTS John P. Craven Mentor Award will be presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding and sustained service to the field of marine technology through mentoring.

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Walter Munk Scholar Award and Commemorative Lecture

Oceanographer Walter Munk was renowned for his significant contributions to the study of oceanography, including: pioneering work on predicting wave and surf conditions, underwater sound propagation, internal waves, and development of acoustic tomography.

The Walter Munk Scholar Award is jointly sponsored and awarded by the Walter Munk Foundation for the Oceans (WMFO) and the Marine Technology Society (MTS).  The Award is presented annually to a scholar currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or postdoctoral program. It recognizes their outstanding contributions in areas fostered by the sponsoring organizations. Established in 2019, the Award honors Walter Munk’s legacy of daring exploration and discovery through ocean scientific and technology research, ocean education or ocean conservation.

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Captain Don Walsh Award for Ocean Exploration

Awarded jointly by the Marine Technology Society and the Society for Underwater Technology, this awards recognizes outstanding, sustained, international contribution to the development, application, and propagation of marine technology toward the advancement of ocean exploration.

Don Walsh (born November 2, 1931) is an American oceanographer, explorer, retired naval officer, and marine policy specialist. He and Jacques Piccard were aboard the bathyscaphe Trieste when it made a record descent into the Mariana Trench on January 23, 1960, the deepest point of the world’s oceans. Learn more about Don Walsh and the Captain Don Walsh Award for Ocean Exploration HERE

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Lockheed Martin Award for Ocean Science and Engineering

Lockheed Martin sponsored award that is presented to an individual who has demonstrated the highest degree of technical accomplishment in the field of marine science, engineering or technology.

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Ocean News and Technology Young Professional Award

Presented to an individual 35 years old or younger who is an MTS member in good standing who has shown leadership in MTS and who works in a professional capacity in management, engineering or research and development in a marine technology field.

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MTS Fellow

Designation as a Marine Technology Society Fellow is one of the highest industry accolades. Since 1975, this title has been awarded to MTS members who’ve made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the Society’s objectives and who have distinguished accomplishments in their professional fields. Nominees must be a current MTS member, an MTS member in good standing for at least five years, and be sponsored by at least three MTS members in good standing. Please be sure to verify the membership status and contact information for all three sponsors prior to filling out the nomination form at link below. View a list of MTS Fellows.

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MTS Outstanding Service Award

Presented to an MTS member or member organization in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in fulfilling the objectives and missions of the Marine Technology Society.

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MTS Outstanding Section Award

Presented to an MTS Section in recognition of activities conducted in advancement of the objectives of the society.

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MTS Outstanding Committee Award

Presented to an MTS Committee in recognition of activities conducted in advancement of the society’s objectives.

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MTS Outstanding Student Section Award

Presented to any established MTS Student Section demonstrating superior performance in the advancement of the society’s objectives. Learn more, view the application.

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MTS Special Commendation and Award

This Award is presented to an individual, group or organization in recognition of outstanding accomplishments leading to significant advances in marine affairs. Open to anyone in management, public service, and the social science fields.

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