MTS Professional Committees

Objectives and Activities


Professional committees provide a vehicle through which the members can develop, analyze, review and share the technologies that drive marine industries and ocean policy. The number, scope and membership of the committees may vary from time to time based on the interests of the members of the Society. In keeping with the Society's vision for the professional committees, the committees' objectives are to:

  1. Provide a menu of options for information-share among members, via electronic and printed media, and conference-like venues.
  2. Create and develop programs and activities that provoke thought, disseminate information and further the understanding of marine technology, education and policy.
  3. Provide the highest level of scientific and engineering standards in their publications and training workshops.
  4. Create platforms for the development and enhancement of leadership skills in a technical environment.
  5. Provide up-to-date information on technology and policy developments in specified areas of expertise.
  6. Provide mechanisms for speedy information responses to the media, government agencies and non-government agencies to facilitate and amplify public understanding of marine technical issues.
  7. Develop technical standards and explore interdisciplinary opportunities.


Committees differ in scope with regard to the needs of their members. Committee activities include the following items, tailored to the needs and interests of committee members.

  1. Produce a "committee corner" column in the MTS Currents newsletter.
  2. Publish a newsletter or publication, either electronically or by paper.
  3. Provide an opportunity for student leadership (e.g. committee vice chair, student liaison) and student mentoring.
  4. Maintain a committee chat room, utilizing the committee list serve.
  5. Provide a forum for communications with new and prospective members with rapid response ensured.
  6. Package a technical session as part of another organization's conference.
  7. Provide a mechanism for recognition of technical excellence within committees.
  8. Sponsor high school or college competitions or participate as judges at science fairs (e.g., National Ocean Sciences Board (NOSB)).
  9. Establish a professional standards "task force" to develop and evaluate industry standards.
  10. Make presentations to schools, community groups, and the media.
  11. Develop mechanisms for and/or become involved in policy making.
  12. Organize a session at the annual Oceans conference.
  13. Organize and conduct technical programs, workshops or conferences.
  14. Form strategic alliances with other professional committees and non-government organizations.
  15. Maintain a web page to provide committee information and communication on the MTS website.

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