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.



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 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


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.

Based in Canada, WeavAir was presented with the 2021 Ocean Exchange Collegiate Award of $25,000 for a system for vessel emission monitoring and predictive algorithms for regulatory compliance and operating cost savings.

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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.

ANTX/Demo Day brought attendees to the Port of Gulfport for live demonstrations of Navy tests that occurred throughout the year. At the MSET-hosted Business-to-Business/Business-to-Government session, 272 meetings took place where companies could market their products, services, or ideas to federal agencies and large companies. The Port Security Summit, co-hosted by the Port of Gulfport and S2 Global, provided information on cybersecurity, physical security and container security.

The Gulf Coast Section and MSET wish to thank the major supporters of the event – the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command and the University of Southern Mississippi’s Mississippi Defense Initiative, as well as gold patrons the Mississippi Development Authority, Mississippi Power, Ocean Aero, Peraton, and sliver patron General Dynamics Information Technology. 

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


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


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

  • Accelerates Efforts to Move More Goods Faster through American Ports and Waterways. The Budget continues support for the historic levels of Federal investment to modernize America’s port and waterway infrastructure provided under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. It includes $230 million for the Port Infrastructure Development Program to strengthen maritime freight capacity, as well as $1.7 billion in spending for the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund to facilitate safe, reliable, and environmentally sustainable navigation at coastal ports. 
  • Invests in Clean Energy Infrastructure and Innovation. The Budget invests $3.3 billion to support clean energy projects that will create good paying jobs, continue to cut to cost of clean energy, and drive progress toward President Biden’s climate goals
  • Strengthens Climate Resilience. The Budget provides more than $18 billion for climate resilience and adaptation programs across the Federal Government. These critical investments will reduce the risk of damages from floods and storms, restore the Nation’s aquatic ecosystems, and make HUD-assisted multifamily homes more climate resilient. Advances Equity and Environmental Justice. 
  • The Budget provides historic support for underserved communities, and advances the President’s Justice40 commitment to ensure 40 percent of the benefits of Federal investments in climate and clean energy reach disadvantaged communities. The Budget includes $1.45 billion to bolster the EPA’s environment justice efforts that will help create good-paying jobs, clean up pollution, implement Justice40, advance racial equity, and secure environmental justice for communities that too often have been left behind
  • Achieves the President’s Historic Climate Pledge. The Budget includes over $11 billion in international climate finance, meeting the President’s pledge to quadruple international climate finance a year early. This funding will accelerate the global energy transition to net zero emissions by 2050; help developing countries build resilience to the growing impacts of climate change.

Committee Update

The Water Resources and Environment House subcommittee met on March 16 to discuss proposals for the Water Resources Development Act of 2022. House members delivered testimony on priorities related to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). This testimony will help to inform the drafting of a new Water Resources Development Act for 2022, which the committee expects to approve this year.  The recording of this event is here:

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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:

Captain Kitch Kennedy, U.S. Navy, Maritime Safety Director, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA).
Courtney St. John, Climate & Energy lead, Climate Nexus
Lieutenant Rob Nicholson, U.S. Navy Reserve, Innovation Program Lead, Delaware Department of Technology and Information

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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.

Sponsored by Ocean News & Technology and in partnership with MTS, SeaState is hosted by Rhonda Moniz, an accomplished journalist and filmmaker with extensive experience of the ocean industry.

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).


MTS Board & Staff to Attend OTC


OTC 2022 is right around the corner, and 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! For a full schedule of sessions and exhibitors visit

January/February MTS Journal - The New Blue Economy Released


The January/February Issue of the Journal is available now on Ingenta. The issue, which is open access, focuses on the New Blue Economy.

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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! 

I have been in the MTS orbit for the past two decades, as an OCEANS conference attendee, MTS Journal contributor and reviewer, and as a close colleague and friend to so many of our Fellows, members, and partners. Joining the MTS leadership is a personal and professional pinnacle for me, and I thank you all for your confidence and trust as we continue to grow, support, and drive our Society forward.

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Photo: Captain Don Walsh

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OCEANS 2022 Chennai Inspired, Innovated, and Sustained Attendees

Inspire. Innovate. Sustain. With 84 sessions (51 Virtual and 33 on-site/hybrid), OCEANS 2022 Chennai held from February 21-24 at IIT Madras Research Park, Chennai, India was a grand success. Key sessions included: GOOS/MTS Industry Dialogues Series, a forum for dialogue with industry which discussed how can industry work with science and government to advance Ocean Observing for 2030 (session recording here); Student Hackathon; ECOPs and Young Professionals program; Climate Change Solutions and the Ocean Decade; and plenary and technical sessions. 

The inaugural MTS Nanda Student Innovation Award 2022, named in honor of MTS India leader Nanda Kumar who passed away last year, was presented to student Aryan Anand for his presentation AUV Aquabot an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Inspired by Aquatic Animals.

Hybrid conference attendees networked online and visited virtual booths as well as the in-person exhibit hall. OCEANS 2022 Chennai session recordings are here.


MTS Journal News - Call for Papers

Call for Papers

The MTS Journal is seeking papers for its November/December 2022 issue, Advancements in Buoy Technology to Support Ocean Observations, Maritime Safety, and Environmental Characterization. The issue will showcase commentaries, scientific notes, and technical papers from buoy technology leaders from around the world, including topics presented at the MTS Buoy Workshop in September 2022. For more information contact Amy Morgante, MTS Journal Managing Editor, [email protected].

The latest issue of SUT/MTS UT2 is out. Read it here!

We Need Your Expertise!

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MTS Honors Dr. Ann Jochens

MTS Honors Dr. Ann Jochens

Research scientist, lawyer, and professor Dr. Ann Jochens passed away on December 1, 2021. Ann was a life member of MTS and served on the editorial board of the MTS Journal.

Ann worked as an environmental lawyer for Gulf, and earned her master's and doctoral degrees in oceanography at Texas A&M University. Ann was the first Executive Director of the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Regional Association (GCOOS-RA). Ann will be remembered for her dedication to the mission of MTS and for her immense love of our oceans and their inhabitants

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, which include the 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, HERE.


Attention Students: Register for MTS Summer Camps


Attention Students: Register for MTS Summer Camps

We are partnering with Northwestern Michigan College and 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.

Northwestern Michigan College Undergraduate Camp –

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