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July Executive Director's Message

When MTS was launched in 1963, the founders set up a system of geographical sections and topical committees for members to self-select into. One can imagine they saw this structure as a mechanism to coalesce the diverse and growing membership around areas of interest—to support the small group interactions and conversation needed to move the landscape of marine technology forward.

This section and committee structure continues today; nearly unchanged from 60 years ago. Beyond just a sorting mechanism, this cross-cutting MTS engagement structure stitches together disparate regional concentrations of our membership with the wide array of topical expertise of individuals, companies, and partners spread across the globe. It provides unending points of connection that allow any member to connect with any other member, or topic, with only a couple of degrees of separation.

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New England Section Elects New Leadership

New England Section Elects New Leadership

The New England Section held elections for the section officer positions and we are pleased to welcome the following section officers:

Chair

Description: The Chair of each section shall serve ex officio as a member of the society’s Council. The local section Chair is responsible to the Vice President of Section Affairs. The Chair is responsible for the overall administration and leadership of the Section. The Chair presides at all Section meetings, appoints committee chairs, and serves as liaison between the Section and the Society Headquarters.  

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June President's Message

Message from MTS President

As I write this note, the world has converged in Lisbon, Portugal for the UN Ocean Conference. Co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal, it is an important event that highlights the importance of the world coming together for global ocean action. MTS has published its second UN Decade focused UN Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development which is open access – check it out on the MTS website.

Let me start by echoing Chris’, MTS Executive Director, congratulations for Past President Drew Michel’s OTC Distinguished Achievement Award. A well-deserved honor! Thank you to our MTS Houston section for all their efforts at OTC. It was great to see many folks in person and we look forward to next year as OTC rebounds to pre-pandemic levels.

Earlier this month Chris, Jim Hanlon (VP Industry, Technology and Research and Halifax local) and Justin Manley (President Elect) represented MTS at the H2O Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Including 600+ delegates from more than two dozen nations, the conference highlights the growing and vibrant Canadian marine technology ecosystem and explores cross-cutting technology topics of key interest to the community, including offshore energy, environmental monitoring, and marine transportation. The Ocean Technology Council of Nova Scotia (OTCNS) hosts the annual event; MTS and IEEE/OES are working closely with OTCNS leadership to explore a partnership in the fall of 2024 when OCEANS returns to Halifax.

The marine technology ecosystem in Halifax continues to deliver impact across Atlantic Canada and beyond; anchored by the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE), Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, Dalhousie University, and dozens of companies and non-governmental organizations. MTS members in the region have taken the initial steps to re-activate the Halifax section and we are excited to see the groundswell of interest, from students, early career ocean professionals, and established members of the field in supporting the marine technology ecosystem in Nova Scotia.

Since my last column I would like to welcome the 100+ new students, individuals, and ECOPs from Oceans in Action and OCEANS in Chennai. Also welcome aboard to our new business members:

  • Liquid Robotics (Silver)
  • MITRE (Institutional)
  • Ocean Aero (Small Business)
  • UAM Tec (Small Business)

We will announce our 2022 award winners soon! I sincerely appreciate all of you who took the time to nominate individuals, organizations and companies. We had a robust and strong slate which made it hard for our awards boards – a great challenge to have. We administer three awards boards: MTS Awards board; CAPT Don Walsh Award for Ocean Exploration– joint board with SUT; and the Walter Munk Scholar Award – joint board with the Water Munk Foundation. We can not run these boards without volunteers and my thanks to all of you who responded positively when we asked you to volunteer. We look for a diverse awards board each year so please let us know if you are interested in serving in 2023. Now looking forward we have a strong slate of events. First up is the next in the Women Leadership in Technology and Science webinar series which will cover Woman’s Issues in the Field – July 13 – Please register here. In September MTS will host two events and participate in a third event. The 14th buoy workshop will take place Sept 19-22, in Wilmington North Carolina, register here. The next Lakebed 2030 conference will be held September 28-30 in Traverse City, Michigan as well as being virtual. Abstracts due: July 1; Sponsorship due: July 1. I have been asked to participate at the U.S. Commercial Service’s business forum, Discover Global Markets: The Blue Economy” September 20 – 22, 2022, in Providence, RI.

In October we will return to Hampton Roads, VA for OCEANS2022. The LOC is working hard to put together a great conference so please pass the word and we hope to see many of the community in October. Join us from 17-20 October.

UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainability

Getting involved in the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainability

On 5 December 2017, the United Nations proclaimed a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, to be held from 2021 to 2030. This Decade will provide a common framework to ensure that ocean science can fully support countries’ actions to sustainably manage the Oceans and more particularly to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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January MTS President’s Message

Happy New Year!  I have so many exciting things to share with our membership.  MTS has welcomed our first Chartered Marine Technologists; the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development has kicked off; and we are in the process of electing our first MTS Vice President of Early Career Ocean Professionals. 

Chartered Marine Technologists (CMarTech)

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Black in Marine Science Week

2020 highlighted a year of civil unrest with racial injustices at its forefront. Well known to many, the summer of 2020 featured the unfortunate incident of a Black birder being threatened simply for trying to bird in central park. Sparking an eerie shared experience, a group of Black birders founded #BlackBirdersWeek. Aiming to dispel the myth that Black birders don’t exist, the week took social media by storm and other STEM disciplines started their own virtual movements. A tweet that has now received over 300 likes, by Dr. Tiara Moore started the foundation for #BlackInMarineScienceWeek, with organizers quickly responding and developing a committee. The week ran November 29-Dec 5, 2020 and made a huge impact globally. With over 1 million social media engagements, hundreds of participants, 50 panelists, 35 sponsors (including the Marine Technology Society), and 14 organizers, the inaugural #BlackInMarineScienceWeek turned out better than what was ever expected!

During the week panels included: Marine Careers, Marine Animals vs Plants, #DivingWhileBlack, #SinkOrSwim experiences in marine science, and Youth Empowerment all which are available on YouTube. The week ended with a day of professional development for Black marine scientists including branding and coding workshops and a networking social. Closing the week with aquarium takeovers in Virginia, Georgia, and Seattle. There was such great feedback from the week, Black in Marine Science has now launched a new weekly series, “BIMS Bites”. Airing Fridays at 10 am PST/1 pm EST, Black scientists take 5-minute bites into varying marine science topics in order to communicate science to the public while also changing the face of what a scientist looks like! Black in Marine Science plans to continue to highlight and promote Black excellence in marine science across generations, so make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow us on social media so you don’t miss our next big wave!

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Operational Effectiveness of Unmanned Underwater Systems – Publication Available

The book on CD-ROM, Operational Effectiveness of Unmanned Underwater Systems (OEUUS), was published in 1998 by the MTS ROV Committee and has been on sale by MTS for the last 20 years. Recently, the ROV Committee chair, Chuck Richards, decided to make it available for free on line due to the historical perspective it presents on the technology. The OEUSS was produced to provide guidance and information to those who use, plan to use, or are just interested in unmanned underwater systems and their associated technology. The publication’s 600 pages provide a discussion of the systems and what can be expected of them. In essence, it explains what they are, what they can and cannot do, where they are operating and how successful they are, what you should be aware of and what can be expected in the future. It provides an understanding of the “operational effectiveness of unmanned underwater systems.”

The OEUUS was written, edited and produced by Robert Wernli and Jack Jaeger. Both are MTS Fellows. Robert Wernli, as chair of the ROV Committee in the 1980’s, began the ROV conference (now the Underwater Intervention conference) in 1983 and chaired it thru the 1992 conference. The ROV conference was the first MTS conference to be held outside the U.S. and was taken to Scotland, Norway and Canada. The success of the ROV conferences essentially built the momentum and international perspective for the ROV committee to decide to produce the OEUUS, and because of the popularity of the CD-ROM technology at that time, Drew Michel, then ROV committee chair, decided to publish it in digital vice paper form.

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Executive Director’s Message December 2020

I am excited to announce that after the review and adoption of the proposed changes to our Bylaws, the Marine Technology Society will be launching three new initiatives aimed at engaging Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOP).

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MTS makes great strides to engage Early Career Ocean Professionals in all levels of the Society

We are happy to announce that after the review and adoption of the proposed changes to our Bylaws, the Marine Technology Society will be launching three new initiatives aimed at engaging Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOP).

New Membership Category

Beginning 1 January 2021, MTS will offer a new Early Career Ocean Professional (ECOP) membership category. ECOP members are defined as “an individual who is within 10 years of their last professional degree and self-identified as an ECOP.” This membership ($50) will come with all the rights and privileges of Society membership. Contact our office for more information on how to join or visit www.mtsociety.org/membership.

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Powering the Blue Economy Ocean Observing Prize

The Powering the Blue Economy™: Ocean Observing Prize challenges innovators to integrate marine renewable energy with ocean observation platforms, ultimately revolutionizing our ability to collect the data needed to understand, map, and monitor the ocean.

This joint prize between the Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) Office at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) seeks to develop new technologies that can help fill the data gaps making it difficult to realize the full potential of the Blue Economy.

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