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US Hydro 2019 Scheduled for March 18-21 in Biloxi, MS

US Hydro is due to take place on March 18-21, 2019 in Biloxi, Mississippi.US Hydro is a biannual conference hosted by the Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA). The 2019 Conference will be held at the beautiful Beau Rivage Resort & Casino.  The exhibit hall and technical presentations hall will be co-located allowing for maximum interaction and networking discussions with exhibitors and presenters. In addition, the conference center is located within close proximity of the piers, not far from the exhibit hall, where exhibitors will have the opportunity to showcase their vessels and products for on-water demonstrations. The 2019 Conference theme will be "Our Changing Oceans and Coasts: Driving Innovation in Charting" with RDML Shepard Smith, Director, Office of Coast Survey.

Learn more and register today!

2018 MTS ROV Committee Scholarships Announced

MTS ROV Committee announced the winners of its 2018 scholarships.  Saul Hughes, Sriram Govindarajan, Khaled Saad, and Matt Glencross each received ROV scholarships.  Saul Hughes received the MTS ROV MATE Center scholarship.
Saul Hughes was awarded $5,000 and attends Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada majoring in Computer Science.  Sriram Govindarajan will receive $4,000 and is studying Civil Engineering at the National Institute of Technology in Tamil Nadu, India.  Khaled Saad received $3,000 and is majoring in Mechatronics and Robotics at the University of Sheffield in the UK.  Matt Glencross, a freshman engineering major at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, NS received $3,000.
Each recipient will be recognized during the Awards presentation at Underwater Intervention ’19 in New Orleans, LA (www.underwaterintervention.com).
Since 1994 the MTS ROV Committee has awarded over $500,000 to deserving students who have an interest in Remotely Operated Vehicles.  Scholarship applications for 2019 must be submitted by April 15, 2019.  Details on how to apply and further information can be found at www.rov.org.

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MTS Tech Surge: Unmanned Untethered Vehicles (UUVs) and Oil Spill Response

 
Please join the MTS UUV Committee as it convenes a focused workshop exploring the intersection of UUV technology and the challenges of oil spill response and management. “TechSurges” are designed to provide high quality technical content, foster discussion and create new networks. This event is adjacent to both Underwater Intervention and the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Conference, ensuring a diverse audience and dynamic discussions.
 
The program will include several speakers. Presentations will include:
  • Justin Manley, Just Innovation Inc. – State-of-the-Industry: Unmanned Maritime Systems Developments in 2018
  • Donna Kocak, Harris Technologies – Unmanned Systems for Surveillance and Monitoring of Aquatic Environments
  • Isaac Kremers, L3 ASV – Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) for Boom Deployment
  • Ausama Mohammed Yaseen Al Shammari, Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT) – Oil Spill Detection by UAS and Inexpensive Airbore Thermal Sensors
  • Jim Elliot, USCG National Strike Force (retired) – Response Operator Perspectives 
Additional speakers are tentative pending outcomes of the US Government Shutdown and/or public release approval. 
 
Following technical presentations, the TechSurge will transition to a facilitated discussion. In this discussion all attendees will have the opportunity to contribute and advance the community understanding of technology, economic and policy issues. This discussion will be designed to capture the requirements of diverse stakeholders from industry, government and academia. Pending the outcome of the discussion, and interest of the participants, this work may be advanced into a white paper for public review. The MTS UUV Committee is an unbiased, honest-broker, and any work product from this effort will be relevant to funding agencies, investors and non-governmental organizations.

Register today for the MTS Buoy Workshop in Hobart, Australia!

Join us at the International MTS Buoy Workshop hosted at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisations (CSIRO) Hobart facilities, located along Princess Wharf in Hobart, Australia, April 15-18, 2019. Hobart is the gateway to the Antarctic for Australia, and the home of a number of government and research agencies engaged in sustained observing across Australia. The event will bring together science, engineering and technical staff from across the region to share their experiences in the development and use of moorings in both research and commercial applications.

We will open with an Icebreaker Reception on Monday, April 15 at CSIRO and our speaker program will begin at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, April 16 at CSIRO with exhibits located in the adjoining engineering facilities building.

Learn more about the workshop and register online or use our paper form!

 

2019 MTS ROV Committee Award Winners Announced!

MTS ROV Committee Distinguished Achievement Award:  Rusty Jehangir, CEO of Blue Robotics 

Rusty receives this award due to his exceptional entrepreneurial and technical skills demonstrated by his launch and continued successful operation of Blue Robotics.  Blue Robotics has delivered over 30,000 thrusters and sold more than 1,000 BlueROV’s.  Additionally, Rusty is an ardent supporter and sponsor of academic AUV and ROV competitions.

MTS ROV Committee Public Awareness Award:  Schmidt Ocean Institute

SOI designed and built their 4,500 meter rated ROV “SuBastian” and has an extensive and dedicated outreach program designed to educate the public about designing, building and testing a deep water ROV.  SOI actively encourages students to participate in STEM career pathways via live ship to shore calls to classrooms, museums, and aquariums.  This year alone they have touched more than 1,000 students.  SOI’s research has been shown on NHK, BBC, PBS, and National Geographic television.  Additionally, at each port that their vessel stops in, the public is invited to tour the ship and see a demonstration of their ROV and other work they perform.


MTS ROV Committee Academic Excellence Award:  Dr. Ahmed El-Shenawy

Dr. El-Shenawy is an Associate Professor in the Engineeering and Technology - Electrical and Control Department at the Arab Academy of Science, Technology, and Maritime Transport in Alexandria, Egypt.  He is being recognized for his efforts to educate and prepare students for success in the field of underwater robotics.  He has mentored teams competing in the MATE ROV Competition for the last five years, and many of his students have now entered the workforce in the marine robotics industry. 

These awards will be presented at the Awards Dinner at Underwater Intervention, Tuesday, February 5, 2019.

Register now for Undertwater Intervention 2019!

Registration is LIVE for Underwater Intervention 2019!  

Underwater Intervention (UI) is the premier event for the entire underwater operations industry. Through compelling education and thought provoking features, UI will draw the industry’s leaders from access the country and around the globe to gather for 3 days of networking, thought sharing and relationship building.  Be a part of the must-attend event of the year to ensure your position in this competitive and ever-evolving industry. 

Register today for Underwater Intervention 2019, February 5-7, 2019 in New Orleans, LA. 

Call for Abstracts for Underwater Intervention 2019

The leadership committee for Underwater Intervention 2019 (UI 2019) has issued a call for abstracts for those interested in presenting at the preeminent event for the underwater operations industry. UI 2019 will take place February 5-7, 2019, at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. For more details please visit underwaterintervention.com or click here.

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