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The common phrase in OCEANS 2021 San Diego – Porto – “It’s great to see folks in 3D” and it was!  It was such a pleasure to connect, communicate and collaborate - in person and online. It was great to connect with so many of our members who visited our booth, attended the sessions, and grabbed a bite to eat at one of the networking receptions.  

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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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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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September President's Message

By Zdenka Willis -

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

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President's Welcome Message

President’s Message

July 22, 2020

I am excited to step up as President of MTS. Thank you to Rick Spinrad for his service as President and for setting an ambitious and exciting path forward. For those who may not know about my professional background, I retired as a Captain in the U.S. Navy as a Meteorology and Oceanography officer. I then served joined NOAA where I was the founding Director of the United States Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®). Currently, I am the CEO of Veraison Consulting LLC which focuses on ocean technology and policy. My affiliation with MTS began as the Director of IOOS where the MTS/IEEE-OES OCEANS conference was the perfect venue for the IOOS program to convey how it was growing and where we had the opportunity to listen to concerns and interests of the greater marine technology sector.    

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