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November MTS President’s Message

For the United States, November has our Thanksgiving and I would like to start by thanking all of you have volunteered on MTS efforts.  Thank you to the Section and Committee leaders, the 2020 Awards Committee, 2020 Board Nominating Committee, academic advisors for our Student Sections, the Captain Don Walsh joint (with SUT) selection panel, Local Organizing Committees for OCEANS 2020-2024, Editorial board, Woman Leaders in Technology and Science organizing committee, the many presenters on our webinars, and board members.

Congratulations to our new board members.  Our next President-Elect is Justin Manley. Justin is no stranger to MTS having served as the Vice President of Government and Public Affairs.  Mr. Manley founded Just Innovation Inc. in 2015. He supports clients from startups to multi-national corporations with core technical specializations in unmanned vehicles, robotics, sensors, and undersea systems.  The Vice President of Communications is Liesl Hotaling. Liesl served for 6 years as the VP of Education and Interim Director in the summer of 2017, and for the last year the VP of Communications.  She is the founder and president of Eidos Education, and specializes in real time data education projects and hands-on STEM educational projects supporting environmental observing networks and serves as the Manager of the Student Enabled Network of Sensors for the Environment using Innovative Technology (SENSE IT). The Vice President of Research, Industry, and Technology is Jim Hanlon. Jim is a 40-year veteran of the ocean technology industry, having worked in engineering, marketing, and management for companies in Atlantic Canada, Ontario and New England. Jim just retired as the CEO of COVE – The Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship. COVE is a 70+ tenant ocean technology hub in Halifax, Nova Scotia. COVE was the 2019 MTS and COMPASS Industrial Award winner.

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Offshore Technology Conference Asia: Creating a Sustainable Energy Equation – The Next 50 Years

For Immediate Release -

The fourth edition of the Offshore Technology Conference Asia (OTC Asia) is set to take place for the first time as a virtual event from 2-6 November 2020.

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October Executive Director's Message - MTS: Now More Than Ever Connecting Marine Technologists Worldwide

At the close of this, our first virtual GLOBAL OCEANS conference, I am overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude and relief. As many of our members may know, planning the OCEANS conference is a multi-year process, involving partners and contractors from around the globe. With only a sense of professional pride for payment, volunteers commit thousands of hours to assembling the conference. Little did our volunteers know that this year, the global pandemic would derail their efforts to produce an in-person conference. But with courage and determination, our conference Co-Chairs, Tom Wissing, Venu Pallayil, Craig Peterson, and Chia Chin Swee, along with their combined Local Organizing Committee (LOC), Honorary Government Co-Chairs Quah Ley Hoon (CEO, Marine Port Authority, Singapore), the Command for Naval Meteorology and Oceanography (CNMOC), and Chan Eng Soon (CEO, TCOMS, Singapore), and Honorary Corporate Co-Chair Leidos leapt to replace our in-person conference with a high-tech and successful virtual conference.

In just four months, our team of tireless volunteers produced a conference with over 500 technical papers, blending innovation from Asia and North America. Over the course of two weeks, we presented dozens of sessions on everything from autonomous systems to sustainable development. Each session was hosted by a team of experts, and featured live, interactive content. These sessions would not have been possible without the hard work of our technical program committee, session chairs, and moderators. I extend our sincerest thanks to our Keynote Speakers: RADM Lorin Selby, Chief of Naval Research, U.S. Navy, Dr. Hanu Singh, Northeastern University Singapore, and RDML (ret) Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D., NOAA who spoke on Autonomous Systems & Marine Autonomy; Hon. Roger Wicker, U.S. Senate, Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, RDML (ret) Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D., NOAA who spoke on Visions for the Blue Economy; RDML John Okon, Oceanographer & Navigator of the U.S. Navy, Dr. Ruth Perry, Shell Exploration and Production Americas, and Mr. A.J. Reiss, SES, who spoke on Operational Oceanography; and Dr. Jyotika Virmani, Schmidt Ocean Institute, who spoke on Exploring Worlds Beyond the Coastline.

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Member Profile: David R. Strachan

Founder and Senior Analyst of Strikepod Systems -

MTS: Tell us a little about yourself. Where did you grow up? Where did you attend school (grad/undergrad/etc.)? Were you always interested in the marine sciences?

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Member Profile: Dr. R. Venkatesan

Scientist G and Head of Ocean Observation Systems, National Institute of Ocean Technology Ministry of Earth Sciences, Chennai, India -

MTS: Tell us a little about yourself. Where did you grow up? Where did you attend school (grad/undergrad/etc.)? Were you always interested in the marine sciences? 

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September President's Message

By Zdenka Willis -

Happy Fall! It’s hard to believe that summer has come and gone. 

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Dr. Edie Widder To Receive Inaugural Captain Don Walsh Award For Ocean Exploration

Recognizing Her Outstanding, Sustained, International Contribution To The Development, Application, And Propagation Of Marine Technology Toward The Advancement Of Ocean Exploration

MTS Contact:
Monica Ostrander, +1 (202) 827 7174, [email protected]

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Dr. Kathryn Sullivan - The First Person to Walk in Space and Descend to the Bottom of the Challenger Deep

Earlier this month, MTS spoke one-on-one with Dr. Kathryn Sullivan - the only person to have walked in space and descend to the deepest point in the oceans, The Challenger Deep – about her experience diving to the deepest point on Earth; some  of the challenges and opportunities she has faced along the way, and  her thoughts about the future of scientific exploration and discovery.

MTS: What were some of the most interesting things you saw or experienced in making the dive to the bottom of the Challenger Deep?

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Member Profile: Steve Hall

MTS Member and CEO of The Society for Underwater Technology -

I’m Steve Hall, born in the UK. I spent my early years in England, Australia, and eventually Wales where I finished school. Most of the time we lived near the sea, and between long summers on the beach, and growing up watching TV shows like Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and the Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau, I was always interested in the ocean and particularly the machinery that enabled humans to explore the deep, though I was also very interested in aviation and spaceflight as a child of the Apollo era.

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The Marine Technology Society Announces Its 2020 Award Recipients

The Marine Technology Society Announces Its 2020 Award Recipients

Recognizing Engineers, Scientists, Technologists, Policy-Makers, Educators, And Students Who Have Made A Significant Impact

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