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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S LETTER - August Currents

As we return from summer break, and parents send their children back to school, we have to wonder – what hasn’t changed? Everything looks a little different this year, whether it’s remote work, masking in schools, social distancing in public places, or reaching for hand sanitizer every time we come home. Our world is a far different place in 2021 than it was in 2019 and getting back to “normal” may take more time than any of us had anticipated.

Many MTS conferences have been postponed, including the Dynamic Positioning Conference, Oceans in Action, and the Buoy Workshop. Some events have been adjusted to protect the health and safety of attendees, like the Offshore Technology Conference. And some have added both onsite protections and a virtual component, such as the OCEANS 2021 San Diego-Porto conference coming up this September.

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MTS Launches New Website

February 21, 2021

Countdown to March 1! MTS is pleased to launch a new streamlined website and member portal experience designed with our members' needs in-mind. The site is mobile-optimized and has been designed to best serve you. It is cleaner, sleeker, and simpler to use.
You will be able to:

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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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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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