The Marine Technology Society was incorporated in June 1963 to give members of academia, government and industry a common forum for the exchange of information and ideas, and to “make real contributions in fostering progress in the marine sciences for the benefit of mankind.”

Early corporate members included General Dynamics, Raytheon and Oceanographic Engineering Corporation, among others.

In its formative years, the society developed its technical committees’ structure and called for at least one annual conference and peer-reviewed publications.

Early Professional Committees included Underwater Photography, Marine Biology, Undersea Vehicles, Education and Careers in the Marine Sciences, Oceanographic Data and Information, Oceanographic Instrumentation, and Mineral Resources

Throughout MTS’s history, the leadership and membership of the society have come from diverse marine and oceans backgrounds. The Society has been led by 34 presidents since its inception.