Message from the President - May 2023

Recap from OTC 2023

MTS is proud of the many members in Houston who contribute to the success of OTC. The MTS Board of Directors and many of our staff were thrilled to host them at our Member Reception. It was a pleasure to meet some of our newest members and see many familiar faces. 

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NSF seeks input to develop an investment roadmap for its new Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships

The U.S. National Science Foundation issued a Request for Information, or RFI, to gather insights for the development of an investment roadmap for its Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships, or TIP, in accordance with the "CHIPS and Science Act" of 2022. 

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Cooperation between KAUST and the Marine Technology Society to establish the first section in the Middle East

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and the Marine Technology Society (MTS) have announced the launch of the Red Sea Section, the society's first section in the middle east. The section was established on January 9, 2023 at KAUST with the goal of facilitating communication between those interested in marine science and technology from inside and outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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Underwater Intervention Conference and Exhibition to Join the International WorkBoat Show in 2023

Organizers of the International WorkBoat Show and the Underwater Intervention Conference and Exhibition (UI) announced that the two events would be co-located in New Orleans in 2023. The International WorkBoat Show is the largest business-to-business commercial marine expo in the United States. UI is the premier event for the entire underwater industry. 

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New diving science initiative brings blue economy innovation from the Ocean State to the Arizona desert’s Biosphere 2

University of Arizona Professor achieves an underwater first – ‘camping’

By: University of Arizon | May 8, 2023

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Oceanography Pioneer and Philanthropist – James L. Cairns – to be inducted into Florida Inventors Hall of Fame

Dr. James L. Cairns, Founder and Executive Director of the Cairns Foundation, and CEO of Abyssal Systems, Inc, is among the world-class inventors who have been selected as a 2023 Inductee to the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. Cairns is the pioneer of underwater electrical/electronic fiber-optic connector technologies that allowed circuits to be successfully and seamlessly mated and de-mated reliably within the harsh environment of the deep ocean. His innovations revolutionized anti-submarine warfare and subsea surveillance, expanded the industry of ocean energy production, and significantly advanced the fields of Oceanography, Marine Geology and Seismology. He holds 62 U.S. patents and received the Marine Technology Society’s Compass-Rolex Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award and Lockheed Martin Award for Excellence in Marine Science and Engineering. In 2017, he was inducted into the Offshore Energy Center Hall of Fame for Pioneering Technology.

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Ocean Business 2023 back with a bang!


Issued: 25 April 2023
For Immediate Release

Ocean science and technology experts from around the world descended on Southampton last week for the biggest ever Ocean Business exhibition and conference.

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April 2023 Message from the CEO

Earlier this month I had the honor of joining a small group of ocean leaders for an intimate and invite only conversation focused on defining a collaborative future for marine priorities in the United States. That MTS was the only membership community at the table alongside the most senior executive leadership in the country spanning defense, diplomacy, ocean research, and environmental science is a testament to the reputation, talent, and richness of our MTS community.

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New Jersey Hosts Their First Annual Marine Technology Society Student Section Research Symposium

The first annual Marine Technology Society New Jersey Student Section Research Symposium recently took place on Friday, April 14th at the Rutgers University Marine Field Station and Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve in Tuckerton, NJ. This symposium brought together over 25 undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty and staff from Rutgers University, Stockton University, Princeton University, and the New Jersey Institute of technology for a day of networking and student presentations. 

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Saildrone and Seabed 2030 will work together to leverage technological innovation to more quickly and efficiently collect ocean mapping data and make it freely available to all.

By: Saildrone | April 19, 2023

Accurate ocean depths and seafloor topography are essential for navigation, coastal management, tsunami forecasting, telecommunications, offshore energy, understanding weather and climate, managing environmental changes, and so much more. But only 23% of the global ocean has been mapped using modern, high-resolution tools, leaving substantial gaps in our knowledge about our oceans. This lack of exploration is largely due to the high cost of accessing our oceans, which has traditionally been undertaken by large ships that are expensive to build and operate.

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March 2023 Message from the President

MTS is growing, our partnership with MATE is progressing and we look forward to bringing our teams together to expand our reach, leverage our collective partnerships and resources, and grow our missions. We will be collaborating closely at the upcoming MATE ROV World Championship competition taking place June 22-24 at the St. Vrain Valley School District in Longmont, Colorado. 

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OCEANS 2023 Networking Breakfast

Join us at OCEANS 2023 Limerick for an ECOP/YP Networking Breakfast & Panel! 

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Florida Section Meets at FGCU Water School

The first MTS Florida Section meeting held in years took place recently at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) Water School in Ft Myers, Florida. 

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Welcome new organizational members - March 2023

MTS welcomes four new organizational members in March

Join us in welcoming four new organizational members to the Marine Technology Society! Jumping on board is Nortek USA, 4D Nav, Rockland Scientific, and SUNFISH Inc.

About Nortek USA
Nortek designs, develops, and manufactures acoustic underwater sensors that are used to measure motion in the marine environment. Nortek’s ocean technology is used in many applications, from understanding the impact of climate change to providing navigational assistance to underwater vehicles.

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MTS Member Spotlight: Liquid Robotics

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Call for Papers Innovations for a New Sustained Blue Economy

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Exciting Lineup of Speakers is Set for FL TechSurge

Hosted at FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, April 12-14

Join us for a TechSurge event that will focus on incremental and transformational technology, system design challenges, and opportunities to help guide the development of comprehensive, coordinated and integrated coastal monitoring systems for Florida's estuaries and nearshore coastal waters.

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2025-2035 Decadal Survey of Ocean Sciences for the National Science Foundation: Call for Experts

About the Activity & the Call for Experts

Learn more about the activity here

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is seeking suggestions for experts to participate in the new study on advising the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences (NSF OCE) on forward-looking approaches to guide investments in research, infrastructure, and workforce development. The committee will develop a compelling research and infrastructure strategy to advance understanding of the ocean’s role in the Earth system and the sustainable blue economy. The report will recommend ways that NSF OCE could develop the capacity to respond nimbly as priorities change and new opportunities emerge over the 2025-2035 decade.

Using these suggestions, National Academies staff will be looking to build a committee of volunteer experts in addition to collecting information for potential speakers, participants, and peer reviewers for any publications resulting from the activity.

This study will be carried out by a committee of approximately 20 volunteer experts with broad knowledge of the ocean sciences, engineering, and technology, including subfields such as:

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2023 Webcast Series Focused on Pollutants Affecting Oceans and Climate Change

Issued: March 1, 2023
For Immediate Release

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MTS welcomes new organizational members

MTS welcomes three new organizational members in February

Join us in welcoming three new organizational members to the Marine Technology Society! Jumping on board is Sea & Shoreline LLC, Integrated Systems Solutions, Inc., and Guide Star Engineering LLC.

About Sea & Shoreline
Sea & Shoreline joins MTS with a mission to restore aquatic ecosystems, taking dirty, mucky, algae-dominated bodies of water, and turning them into beautiful, healthy, clean, clear, sustainable ecosystems that support plants, fish, animals, anglers, ecotourism, and local economies.

In response to the high incidence of Florida manatees perishing from starvation due to disappearing seagrass meadows, their primary food source, Sea & Shoreline has launched a new campaign titled Seagrass Saves Sea Life. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness and educate consumers and legislators on the positive environmental and ecological benefits of seagrass, and to provide updates on current projects underway to restore seagrass in Florida's waterways.

About Integrated Systems Solutions
Integrated Systems Solutions, Inc. (ISS) is a service disabled, veteran-owned business (SDVOSB) that provides high-value professional services in program management, communications and outreach, IT Services, requirements management, systems engineering and technical services.

ISS represents a wide range of federal, civilian, defense and state agencies, which include NOAA, NASA, USPTO, VA, USAF and more.

About Guide Star Engineering
Guide Star Engineering (GSE) is a high-technology Engineering Services Company that specializes in hardware and software engineering design, research and development, systems testing, and systems integration in diversified industrial and government markets. GSE supports clients in Construction, Industrial Automation, Defense/Aerospace, Information/Communication Technology and Ocean Engineering with engineering services that include management, design, development, prototyping and production.

GSE recently developed a Miniature Digital Hydrophone (MDH) Project for students to learn about the underwater world through sound. The MDH helps students make first-hand discovery of what's happening beneath the waves. Students can use the MDH to record sounds from a fish tank, a pool, or the open ocean, and use open-source software to listen and visualize the sounds.

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