Buoy Workshop

15th Buoy Workshop - May 20 - 23, 2024

 About Our Workshop Partner

The Pactific Northwest National Laboratory campus houses the only marine research facilities in the Department of Energy complex. The campus is uniquely positioned for marine-based research that is focused on helping the nation achieve sustainable energy, a sustaining environment, and coastal security.


Program Now Available

Agenda is subject to change ahead of the Workshop.

Buoy Workshop Program

Pre-Workshop Event: Mooring Design Seminar

When designing and deploying moorings, it's easy to get lost in the details of all the components you need.

What's needed is purpose-built software to make it easy to find parts, arrange, them, and adjust them into a design. ProteusDS Oceanographic Designer is a free purpose-built software tool for oceanographic mooring design. Join face to face or virtually for a Mooring Design Seminar with ProteusDS Oceanographic Designer in partnership with MTS and the Buoy Workshop. We'll cover the details of the design process and go through working with the software to put together basic mooring designs. Use the live training session to ask questions on software use and collaborate with others in the oceanographic mooring sector.

When: Monday, May 20, 2024 2:00-4:00pm
Where: 7 Cedars Casino, Room Cedar

Express your interest in attending the Mooring Design Seminar on the Registration Form. 

 Keynote Speaker Announced - Christian Meinig

Christian Meinig is the Director of the Coastal Sciences Division (CSD) at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Sequim, WA and is responsible for shaping and managing a vision and strategy to assure that PNNL addresses the Dept of Energy's most important marine-based research. He was appointed by Governor Inslee in 2023 to the Washington Coast Marine Advisory Council to work on ocean policy, planning, and management issues on the WA Pacific coast and a MTS Fellow.

Prior to joining PNNL in 2022, Chris served as the Director of Engineering at NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Lab in Seattle for over 20 years. In this role, he focused on the research, development, deployment and transition of ocean and atmospheric instruments and observing platforms.  The programs were global in scope and include moorings, cabled platforms, ships, ROVs, and uncrewed air and ocean vehicles.  Prior to that, he was a project engineer and ship’s officer on thirty major research cruises in polar, equatorial, and coastal waters. He also worked collaboratively in transitioning 6 technologies to industry, US and foreign governments, such Deep Ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis (DART) technology and the development of a commercial uncrewed Saildrone vehicle into a tool for ocean science.  In 2020 he was part of a team that won the US Dept of Commerce Ron Brown Excellence in Innovation Award for integrating a CO2 system into the first uncrewed vehicle to circumnavigate Antarctica.

Chris hold two US patents on mooring technology and several Dept of Commerce Gold and Silver medals for accomplishments in ocean engineering. He has a MS and BS in Mechanical Engineering from U. of WA and U. of MD.

Gala Dinner Special Guest - Loni Grinnell-Greninger

Loni Grinnell-Greninger currently serves her people as the Vice Chairwoman at the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe; she began her term in January 2020. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Pacific Lutheran University in 2012, and her Master of Public Administration degree with an emphasis in Tribal Governance from The Evergreen State College in 2016. In 2017 she came home to serve her Tribe, taking on the roles of Deputy Director, then Director of Social & Community Services Department, then Director of the Culture Department. In her Council and Director roles, she works closely with federal, state, and local governments, as well as numerous tribal and non-tribal organizations to engage in policy and cultural work for her Tribe and on behalf of Indian Country.  


Thank you Buoy Workshop 2024 Sponsors!





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2022 Workshop
2019 International Workshop, Hobart, Tasmania
Past Workshops (1996-2018)