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:


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.

OTC Is Next Week, 2-5 May


We Will See You at OTC!

OTC 2022 is next week! MTS HQ is looking forward to seeing our members at the event. We will be at booth #S11. We hope to see you at NRG Park in Houston! 

Congratulations to the 15 young professionals named to the 2022 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Emerging Leaders class, especially to Dairon Campos, Engineering and Development Manager, OneStep Power Solutions Inc., who was recognized by MTS! The Emerging Leaders program recognizes young professionals with fewer than 10 years of experience in the offshore energy sector. 

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Emerging Leaders are young professionals who are making key contributions to the offshore energy sector in their field of work, service to the industry, innovation, and focus on safety.

This year’s class will be honored during the conference on Tuesday, 3 May. We look forward to seeing everyone at OTC - MTS Booth S11.

For a full schedule of sessions and exhibitors visit

MTS Welcomes New Member Terradepth



This month, MTS welcomes new Small Business member Terradepth. The company’s mission is to increase human interaction with the ocean by sending high-tech autonomous submersibles further than ever before. According to its website, “Immersive, virtual marine information can assist with projects in sectors such as global telecom, clean energy, national security and many more. By turning Earth’s oceans into an immersive and accurate virtual world, we can connect humanity with the last unexplored frontier on our planet.”

The company was recently in the news for raising $20 million in funds to map the ocean floor. According to the article published in Tech Crunch the company is working on its data visualization platform and recharging capabilities of AUVs which collect the data.

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MTS 2022 Award Nominations Due May 31


Nominations for 2022 MTS Awards are now open. Award applications are due by May 31, 2022 and can be submitted online HERE.

Learn more about the awards HERE. The awards include:
Compass Distinguished Achievement Award, Compass International Award, Compass Industrial Award, John P. Craven Mentor Award, Walter Munk Scholar Award and Commemorative Lecture, Captain Don Walsh Award for Ocean Exploration, Lockheed Martin Award for Ocean Science and Engineering, Ocean News and Technology Young Professional Award, MTS Fellow, MTS Outstanding Service Award, MTS Outstanding Section Award, MTS Outstanding Committee Award, MTS Outstanding Student Section Award, and the MTS Special Commendation and Award.


MTS 2022 Board of Directors Nominations

There are four positions open for the 2022 MTS Board Elections: President-Elect, Vice President of Early Career Ocean Professionals, Vice President of Education, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs. MTS members may nominate candidates for the open positions through 11:59 p.m. EST on June 15, 2022. 

Submit your nominations HERE

MTS India Sponsors ROV Challenge at Aligarh Muslim University


Team ‘PLUZ ULTRAZ’ from Bannari Amman Institute of Technology and ‘Team Hustlers’ from the Zakir Husain College of Engineering and Technology (ZHCET), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) were declared the joint winners of the ‘Aligarh Muslim University Remotely Operated Vehicles Challenge’ AMUROVc, a national level underwater robotics challenge, an event of Marine Technology Society and Aligarh Muslim University, which was organized by the MTS AUV-ZHCET student section in collaboration with IEEE Student Branch of AMU.

They received certificates and cash prizes of Rs 20, 000 each from Prof. Pervez Mustajab, Dean, Faculty of Engg. & Tech. One-year free MTS student membership will also be given to five members of the winning teams from MTS India Section. Siddhant Vajpayee (Founder and CEO of Andromeidia), Anuj Batra (Co-founder, Andromeidia), Thomas (Chief Robotics Engineer, Andromeidia) and Dr Azhar Jamil (Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, AMU) were the judges of the competition.  Members of the Team ‘BIT-MAL-ROV’ from Bannari Amman Institute of Technology collected a cash prize of Rs 10, 000 and a certificate for finishing second in the contest.  Team DTU AUV (Delhi Technological University, Delhi) was awarded by Andromeidia Wonder Sub award for being the most technically equipped vehicle. 

MTS Puget Sound Holds Presentation and Networking Dinner Event with SOI

Eric King of Schmidt Ocean Institute shares information about SOI's ship RV Falkor (too) at a MTS Puget Sound section event at University of Washington on April 21. Does your section have news to share? Submit photos and information to [email protected]

Training Opportunities at OCEANS 2023 Gulf Coast


Attention ECOPs – Your Input Needed!

We need your help in gauging interest in variety of training topics offered at OCEANS 2023 Gulf Coast.

Complete the survey HERE to vote for seminars of interest to you and your career. Full-day, half-day, and 2-hour seminars on various topics will be available. This survey is anonymous and should only take 5-10 minutes to complete.

Potential training topics include: project management; Microsoft Project for beginners; cloud migration, cybersecurity, basics of Federal contracts; Federal contract management, leadership essentials; organizational problem solving; metadata; negotiation techniques; importance of keeping a network; job search tools; the broadening workforce; the basics of ship-riding; how to get the most out of conferences; how to navigate communications platforms; machine learning and artificial intelligence; and allyship training.

Take the survey HERE to vote for the topics of most interest.

Attention Students: Register for MTS Summer Camps - Scholarships Available

We are partnering with Rutgers University to offer summer camp experiences for undergraduate and high school students. The Marine Technology Camps offer students a chance to learn about several technologies and to deploy equipment to gather data applied to various investigations. Scholarships are available for the camps. Complete the form HERE


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MTS & Ocean Exchange Partner Again for Engaging with the Blue Economy Webinar Series

The next Blue Economy webcasts will take place on June 29 (Offshore Winds), September 28 and December 14. Each event features one or more established industry experts and an innovative new entrant. 

The series kicked off with a focus on “Shipping Decarbonization” on March 30 from 11 am – 12 pm (EDT), featuring Andrew Moffat, Office of Global Change, U.S. Department of State; Natalia Mykhalova, Co-founder and CEO of WeavAir; and David Cummins, President of the Blue Sky Maritime Coalition. Dain Dunston once again emceed the webcast.

“These well-attended webcasts provide an ideal way to discuss solutions to important issues. Each program leverages the points of view of respected industry veterans and developers of the next generation of technology solutions. We are grateful for their participation and also for the support of our partner, MTS, in presenting these informative and though-provoking events,” noted Millicent Pitts, Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of the Ocean Exchange.

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Women Leadership Webinar


On April 13, MTS held a webinar in its Women Leadership Series. This webinar addressed Wage Gap issues in STEM fields. Dr. Jackie Bichsel, College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR); Dr. Andrea Liebl, University of South Dakota; Dr. Sarah Small, Rutgers University; and Dr. Zoe Spencer, Virginia State University discussed these issues with webinar guests and Liesl Hotaling, Vice President, Publications & Communications, Marine Technology Society, moderated the session. A recording of the webinar is HERE.


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Early-Career Research Fellowship Applications Now Open

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, have opened the 2022-2024 Application Cycle, the Environmental Protection and Stewardship track goal focuses on advancing scientific knowledge and its application to predict and prepare for ecosystem changes in the Gulf of Mexico and its coastal zones as the region navigates a changing climate and energy transition. The Gulf Research Program’s Early-Career Research Fellowship supports emerging scientific leaders by providing relatively unrestricted funds as they take risks on research ideas not yet tested, pursue unique collaborations, and build a network of colleagues who share their interest in improving the well-being of the Gulf of Mexico region.

Fellowship Benefits: An award of $76,000 is paid to each fellow’s institution in the form of a two-year grant. Funds cannot be used on institutional overhead or indirect charges. Research funding: $75,000 is available for the fellow to use for research-related expenses, including equipment purchases, professional travel, professional development courses, trainee support, salary, or any other costs directly related to the fellow’s research. Mentor honorarium: The remaining $1,000 of the award serves as an honorarium for a mentor. Applicants must identify a senior-level researcher at their affiliated institution willing to serve as a career mentor. 

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM ET May 4, 2022


April Legislative Update


The seventh Our Ocean Conference – hosted by the Republic of Palau and the United States –brought together governments and non-state actors to make concrete commitments to protect ocean health and security.  The United States announced more than 110 commitments, from 14 agencies and offices, worth nearly $2.64 billion.  These commitments spanned the issue areas of the conference, including climate change, sustainable fisheries, sustainable blue economies, marine protected areas, maritime security, and marine pollution.

A detailed listing of the 110 commitments is listed here: United States Announces Commitments at Seventh Our Ocean Conference - United States Department of State

American Blue Economy Podcast - April 2022

American Blue Economy Podcast - Project Recover: How blue tech helps locate and recover fallen U.S. service members lost at sea 


In this month's episode of the American Blue Economy Podcast, our host Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet discusses Project Recover with Pat Scannon, M.D., Ph.D. Founder, The BentProp Project, Limited. President Emeritus, Project Recover

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SeaState, Season 3, Episode 4 Podcast

SeaState Season 3, Episode 4: Jack Rowley: Unmanned Technology for Defense & Security

This entertaining and educational podcast covers a broad range of topics and features a leading line-up of industry experts as guests. Jack Rowley, Chief Technology Officer for Maritime Tactical Systems Incorporated, discusses unmanned technology for defense and security.

Register for the Buoy Workshop - Early Bird Registration Ends May 31





Virtual & In-Person Workshop with Option to Present Virtually

Join us September 19-22, 2022 for the MTS Buoy Workshop, a UN Decade endorsed event. The conference theme is "Moored Systems for the Future Buoy and Mooring System Developments and Advancements to Address the Needs of a Changing World". The event will be held at The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Coastal Ocean Research & Monitoring Program (CORMP).


MTS President's Letter - April

Last month you heard from our new Executive Director Chris Ostrander. Let me also welcome him aboard. With Chris’ background I am confident he is the right individual to lead MTS as we navigate in new directions. Thank you to Justin Manley, President Elect, who led the extensive selection process.   Justin convened the first panel made up of a subset of the Board and Kristina Norman (acting Director during the interim) to down select the candidates to the top three. The top three candidates then interviewed with a panel comprised of Justin, Kristina and the remainder of the Board. Kristina led the interview of each of the candidates with the MTS HQ team. The top three candidates had one-on-one interviews with three MTS members in leadership positions. Thank you to Laurie Jugan, Fernando Hernandez and Larry Hagstrom for their assistances. The full board then reviewed the results of the 2 panels, the staff interviews, and the one-on-one interviews. The board did not come to a decision as all of the candidates were highly competitive. The board prepared an additional set of topics to discuss with the candidates. To address the topics, Justin conducted another conversation with each of the candidates.  Justin also talked with 3 references for each candidate – a superior, a peer and a subordinate.  The board met a second time and, after considering all the information, selected Chris.  My sincere appreciation to the highly competitive candidates who applied; Justin’s leadership; and the efforts of Kristina, the Board, Laurie, Fernando and Larry.   


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Announcement to Society Members on the Joint Venture Agreement Between MTS and SUT

Over the past few years SUT and MTS have begun work to strengthen our collaboration with the goal of enhancing services and benefits to our members. You’ve likely seen the early outcomes of that collaboration—shared publications between the Societies, offering of professional certifications for marine technologists and marine scientists, and launch of the joint Captain Don Walsh Award for Ocean Exploration. 

To support further enhancement of services to the collective membership and to help secure greater visibility for both Societies within the global marine science and technology community, MTS and SUT have entered into a formal Contractual Joint Venture agreement. The agreement solidifies existing collaborations and sets a framework for continued collaboration and partnership, in concert with the individual governance of both societies.

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