Board Candidate – Liesl Hotaling

Vice President, Communications

About Liesl

As founder and president of Eidos Education, I specialize in real time data education projects and hands-on STEM educational projects supporting environmental observing networks and serve as the Manager of the Student Enabled Network of Sensors for the Environment using Innovative Technology (SENSE IT). In addition to these activities, I also work with scientists and early career investigators to better communicate their research to policy makers and non-expert audiences. I hold a B.S. in Marine Science, a M.A.T. in Science Teaching, and a M.S. in Maritime Systems (ocean engineering).

In addition to my service to MTS, I recently completed a three year term on the P-12 Education Board for the American Society for Engineering Education, during which I also served as the P-12 Program Chair for the 2017 ASEE Annual Conference. As Program Chair (analogous to the Technical Program Chair of an OCEANS conference), I recruited reviewers, handled the abstract, review phase and final paper organization into 22 oral sessions and one poster session as well as handled a keynote session and collaborated with other Sections within ASEE to deliver several events within the conference program. I also served as the chair of the Policy and Education Technical Committee for the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society for 6 years.

MTS and Association Experience

Soon after joining MTS in 2006, I began service as an OCEANS Session Moderator, joined the MTS Education Committee, and began reviewing abstracts for OCEANS conferences beginning in 2007.

I presented during the inaugural OCEANS K-12 Workshop in 2009, helped to co-organize the workshop from 2010 – 2012 and since then led the organization and presented a session during every OCEANS K-12 Workshop to date.

I served as the Marine Technology Society’s Vice President for Education from 2014 – 2019. During that time I also served on the JOAB and participated in three revisions of the OCOP manual. I created the Marine Technology Camp program in which MTS partners with two institutions to host one week “camps” for undergraduates. The goal of the camp program is to offer students an opportunity to use various marine technologies that they might not have access to as undergraduate students.

I “renovated” the MTS Scholarship program, updating and streamlining the application process, creating an evaluation rubric for the reviewers and leading the entire scholarship program in 2018. During my tenure as a VP, I started a Mentorship and Internship program for MTS, worked with the Navy on their Task Force Ocean initiative, and routinely collaborated with the Consortium of Ocean Leadership on a number of activities.

In October 2019, I was asked to serve a one year term as the Marine Technology Society’s Vice President for Communication and am seeking the opportunity to continue with initiatives started during the past year.

What qualities and experience do you possess that make you a strong candidate for this position?

Early in my career, I discovered the value of translating ocean research into educational products and programs. As a scientist and educator, I’ve dedicated the past 25 years to teaching and creating hands-on marine science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational projects for primary through college students and teachers focused on ocean-related topics and environmental observing networks. The initiatives create opportunities for the next generation to use and apply data from observing networks; to design, and deploy their own sensors and communication networks, exploring STEM topics and truly learning by doing. I am the lead author in book for Springer, Exemplary Practices in Marine Science Education, chapter title “Educating with Data”, that provides a framework for educators to effectively infuse data into their teaching. These efforts to create resources and opportunities for STEM education experiences are important to the future of MTS and all of society.

As a member of the Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE) centers and national network office, and now the Consortium for Ocean Science Exploration and Engagement ( I not only created ocean science and data activities and teacher professional development workshops, I also served as the Partnerships and Collaborations Coordinator for the COSEE Network to expand the network reach and share ocean science and technologies to non-expert audiences through a number of outlets (formal and informal education and policy makers). I co-developed the BI Wizard (, an online tool for early and mid-career scientists interested in expanding their Broader Impact knowledge and efforts. This tool is still being used and is nationally recognized by the National Alliance for Broader Impacts.

As a participant in the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative C-IMAGE Consortium based at the University of South Florida, I led the development of a number of initiatives to communicate oil spill science and technology including: The Loop – a podcast series ( Episodes of “The Loop” have been broadcast through local NPR affiliates across the U.S. and been highlighted in several NPR and PRI programs including All Things Considered and Living on Earth. I also conceived and led the development of Beneath the Horizon ( which has been profiled in media outlets (television news, web sites and print) and being used in science education outreach facilities in the Gulf region.

In support of MTS and specifically the OCEANS Student Poster Competitions, I created a general SPC website to support the program ( beyond information listed on the local conference websites and serve as a repository for SPC participants and students interested in the program.

I have also contributed to the Marine Technology Society Journal and served as a guest editor for the Journal on several occasions.

What are one or two key goals you hope to accomplish in this position?

If elected, over the next three years, I would like to continue to improve the overall communication strategy for MTS, including existing communication mechanisms (Currents and Eddies) and seek potential new mechanisms to conform to today’s digital world. We would very much like to engage sustained student and Student Section contributions to the existing and potential new communication channels (columns, contributions, new publications).

I would work very hard to increase the impact factor of the Marine Technology Society Journal (MTSJ) and increase the reach and readership. The marine technology community looks to the MTSJ as a unique publication to share innovations and research results. Through improved communication and indexing channels, expanded outreach to the community to increase the number of special topics addressed by the MTSJ issues, and expanding access to MTSJ archives, I hope to lead the efforts to raise the profile of the Journal.

I also would like to continue the support and growth of the MTS Camps in collaboration with Northwestern Michigan College and Rutgers University. As mentioned previously, the goal of the camp program is to offer students an opportunity to use various marine technologies that they might not have access to as undergraduate students or their schools/programs simply cannot afford. The first camp is a collaboration with Northwestern Michigan College ( and focuses on using sonar and ROV technologies in various application and the second camp is a collaboration with Rutgers University ( and focuses on using underwater glider technology. The camps gained notoriety with employers in our sector and I would like to work to broadcast far and wide the value of attending one or both of these hands-on experiences for student development and potential future employment.

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