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.”

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OTC Is Next Week, 2-5 May


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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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Seeking Community Input: Technology Developments to Advance Antarctic Research

This May, The National Academies is holding a workshop and seeking input on technologies to develop and advance Antarctic Research. New and improved technologies can help advance, expand, and transform Antarctic research, by providing opportunities to carry out research more efficiently, safely and reliably, and over a greater spatial/temporal range, while minimizing costs and environmental impacts. In this activity, a workshop will be organized to solicit insights and ideas from within and beyond the Antarctic research community, regarding opportunities for technological advances related to: observing systems for geological, biological, atmospheric, cryospheric, oceanic environments;  astronomy, astrophysics, space weather research sensors;  data and communications technologies;  electronics, batteries, and power systems for cold-weather environments; and robotics and autonomous instrument engineering.

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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. 

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

 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.

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MTS/SUT Honor Captain Don Walsh Award Recipients at Oceanology International

On Monday 14th March, the Royal Institution, London hosted Into the abyss: exploring the deepest realms of the world’s oceans with a prestigious panel made up of oceanographer and renowned explorer Captain Don Walsh, undersea explorer Victor Vescovo, and submarine engineer Patrick Lahey, interviewed by physicist and oceanographer Helen Czerski. The three subsea experts recounted their experiences of diving to the deepest points on Earth, and answered the question "how do we explore what lies beneath?". This event prompted excellent conversation and great questions from the audience about deep sea exploration. 

The event took place ahead of Victor Vescovo and Patrick Lahey being presented with the MTS/SUT Captain Don Walsh Award for Ocean Exploration at Oceanology International, in recognition of their achievements reaching the bottom of each of the world’s five oceans during the Five Deeps Expedition



MTS/GOOS Launch Industry Dialogue

Upcoming Industry Dialogue Sessions

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MTS 2022 Award Nominations Now Open


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.

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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. 

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MTS Announces EMERGE: A program supporting our Future Leaders in Marine Technology


MTS Announces EMERGE: A program supporting our Future Leaders in Marine Technology

The program is designed to give student and early career ocean professionals (ECOPs) a guided program to enhance their experience at OCEANS Conferences.

For more info and to apply for EMERGE & MTS Scholarships - DEADLINE is April 15


Record Attendance and Live Demonstrations at the 2022 Oceans in Action/Port Security Summit


More than 400 people attended the Oceans In Action/Port Security Summit this month at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention Center. In its 11th year and co-hosted by the MTS Gulf Coast Section and the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET), the event focused on the use of new technologies to improve various maritime missions. Highlights of the event included presentations by local Navy and NOAA offices, including senior leaders Rear Admiral Ron Piret, USN and Rear Admiral Chad Cary from NOAA. In addition, there were  presentations on state and academic programs, tech talks, and videos from Mississippi legislators supporting the state’s efforts in the Blue Economy.

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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


MTS Board & Staff to Attend OTC


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Buoy Workshop - Call for Speakers & Registration Now Open


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).

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SeaState Season 3, Episode 3: Essential Skillset Needed for Future Windfarm Workforce


This entertaining and educational podcast covers a broad range of topics and features a leading line-up of industry experts as guests. Delia Warren and Jeff Tingley from Xodus discuss offshore renewables and the essential skillset needed for the future windfarm workforce.

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Legislative Update


This week, The White House released the President’s Budget request for Fiscal Year 2023. Here are key highlights. The full budget is HERE

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ECOPS Present Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Webinar


On March 23, three early career ocean professionals discussed how ECOPs can held diversify the marine technology workforce during the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion webinar. Ashley Ashley Peiffer, who works in diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility across the Integrated Ocean Observing System’s (IOOS); Isabella B. Arzeno who is a postdoctoral scholar in the Coastal Dynamics Lab at the University of California, Irvine; and Itzel Rodriguez, who is a graduate from Texas A&M University and graduate student working on side scan sonars and bathymetric maps with the search and rescue robot EMILY, spoke with webinars attendees about the ways they can actively promote equity and inclusion within their workplace. Watch a recording of the event HERE


American Blue Economy Podcast - How National Security Drives Innovation and Tech in the Blue Economy

American Blue Economy Podcast - How National Security Drives Innovation and Tech in the Blue Economy 

In this month's episode of the American Blue Economy Podcast, our host Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet explores how National Security drives innovation and technology with experts:

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Message from MTS Executive Director Chris Ostrander, March 2022

I’m honored and humbled to share my first notes with you as executive director of our Society. As I’ve settled in the past few weeks, I’m grateful for the warm welcome from so many of our members, staff, partners, and board. You’ve shared encouragement, suggestions on what MTS can do better, invitations to events, and highlights of your section, committee, and individual accomplishments—I’m impressed! 

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