January President's Message

MTS Colleagues,

I am excited, and most appreciative, to be reaching out with my first note to you as MTS President. I’d like to recognize the many contributors to the prior success of MTS and highlight some of the exciting opportunities for our Society as I take on this role.

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November Executive Director's Message

As we continue to move forward from the past two years of global health, economic, and political instability, MTS is striving to strengthen our organization, enrich the quality of services we provide to our community, and enhance the network connections that bring the marine technology ecosystem closer together.

As a member-led and member-supporting organization, our priority is to provide programs and services — responsive to your personal and professional needs — that deliver unrivaled value. We recognize this value is different to each member and appreciate the dynamic relationship between program quality, your member experience, and the price you pay that influences the value you receive. We promise to center that value in all the organization does going forward.

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Inaugural EMERGE Program Hits the Ground Running

OCEANS 2022 Hampton Roads saw the inaugural offering of the MTS EMERGE Program, which supports both undergraduate and graduate students as well as early-career ocean professionals (ECOPs). At the event, participants were paired with an experienced mentor to guide them throughout the conference and help expand their professional networks. 

Program highlights included virtual and on-site orientations, special receptions and networking opportunities, introductions on the exhibit hall floor, time at the MTS booth, and an ECOP breakfast with access to experienced members of the ocean community and leadership from IEEE and MTS. 

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October Dynamic Positioning Workshop and Conference

The 2022 Dynamic Positioning Workshop and Conference was held in Houston, TX, October 10 – 12. The Committee was glad to be back in-person following the gap mandated by the pandemic and pleased to see many familiar faces as well as some new folks in attendance.

This year’s program included, wide-ranging DP topics, with a few papers sprinkled in of DP related topics never considered before, such as a DP application for submarine rescue.

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Member Spotlight: Sea-Bird Scientific

Among the world’s largest developers and manufacturers of products that measure salinity, temperature, pressure, dissolved oxygen, fluorescence, nutrients, and other parameters, Sea-Bird Scientific is committed to making instruments that scientists can trust. Dedication to accuracy and quality, two factors upon which research and policy decisions rely, ensures their instruments deliver reliable measurements and stand up to some of the harshest conditions on the planet. 

“Our knowledge of the ocean is limited by the technology we use to explore it,” says Sea-Bird Scientific Product Manager Natalie Zielinski. “Compared to other fields of study like biology and astronomy, oceanography and subsea exploration are young branches of science. As a result, there are boundless opportunities for innovation in marine sensors and platforms.”

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MTS Brings Startups to the International Table

As the Blue Economy expands, MTS leadership continues to seek opportunities to open doors for members. Beyond large gatherings like this month’s successful OCEANS 2022 Hampton Roads conference, targeted opportunities are used to highlight the value MTS and its members deliver. 

Portugal’s Ambassador to the U.S. Francisco Duarte Lopes recently contacted MTS VP for Government and Public Affairs Jerry Miller regarding an October 7 Blue Economy Roundtable with Bernardo Ivo Cruz, Portugal’s Secretary of State for International Trade and Foreign Investment. The ambassador expressed particular interest in U.S. startups, so Miller turned to some of MTS’ newest members and organizational partners.

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October President's Message

MTS has been picking up momentum since OCEANS 2021 in San Diego, and we are now full steam ahead. With record participation at Oceans in Action, MTS Symposium DC, Buoy Conference, and Lakebed 2030, the vibe at OCEANS 2022 Hampton Roads was overwhelmingly positive! For this Navy gal, the conference was a wonderful reunion with so many shipmates. Heartfelt appreciation to Ray Toll, Laura Rogers, Dan Sternlicht, and the entire local organizing committee. Thank you to MCI-USA, Veraprise, and our sponsors, patrons, exhibitors, and attendees. 

MTS welcomed NASA as a partner this year and remains grateful to NOAA, the U.S. Navy, and BOEM, who not only supported the exhibit, but also were a key part of our panels and town halls. We thank Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, who set the positive tone that we can make a difference. With stellar panels each day, we ended with an outstanding “oceanside” chat on resiliency and the importance of the public-private partnership that featured NASA Chief Scientist and Senior Climate Advisor Dr. Katherine Calvin and NOAA Chief Scientist Dr. Sarah Kapnick.

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MTS Election Results

MTS Board of Directors Election Results

The Marine Technology Society would like to congratulate the following individuals who will begin their term on the Board of Directors January 1, 2023.

  • Susan Hunt - President-Elect
  • Katharine Weathers - Vice President of Early Career Ocean Professionals
  • Josh Kohut - Vice President of Education
  • Jerry Miller - Vice President of Government and Public Affairs


President-Elect - Susan Hunt

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MTS India Section - Nanda Student Innovation Award

Marine Technology Society's India Section is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the second MTS NANDA STUDENT INNOVATION AWARD for 2023. 

Our beloved Late Mr. K. Nandakumar, Founder & Secretary of the MTS India section had been thriving to develop newer affordable technology and motivated students from schools /colleges to become involved in marine technology. To continue his dream, the MTS India section has proposed the annual MTS Nanda Student Innovation Award an Honorary and Respect towards his vision/mission and is also approved by MTS HQ.

The basic aim is to develop skills and conceptual thoughts for the career development of students and continue to engage them with MTS. This award envisages young talented youth to develop ideas into products that could be either hardware or software. This award will be for college students (UG and PG) to motivate in prototype development.

About MTS Nanda Student Innovation Award
  • Two awards (UG/PG) - Rs 20000 each (If found suitable both awards can be given to UG or PG Projects and decision of Jury is final)
  • Possible internship at Elektronik Lab India Pvt Ltd, Chennai
  • One year fee for student membership for MTS (USD 25).

Who is Eligible?

Indian students are eligible to apply, who are undergoing UG and PG programs from Engineering Colleges, with the guidance of faculty mentors working at Engineering Institutions. Project duration period of maximum of 6 months will be given.

Detailed Abstract of the project in 3 to 5 pages in MS Word format is to be sent to [email protected]. The detailed abstract should contain the following:

  1. Project title in English explaining Objectives
  2. Societal relevance
  3. Methodology / Tools used
  4. Project estimation
  5. Acknowledgements from the Institution


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Highlights: MTS Technology Forum & MTS/Oceaneering Symposium

The MTS/Oceaneering Symposium returned for its 30th anniversary on September 15. The symposium serves as a kickoff for the MTS Washington DC Section's year ahead and is a signature event for the entire Capital Region maritime community. 

This year’s event saw the return of The MTS Technology Forum, a high-level panel discussion on emerging topics in the maritime industry. Since its addition in 2019, the forum has featured topics including uncrewed systems, the blue economy, technology trends and challenges, and more. This year’s discussion theme, “A New Era of Marine Technology and Data Management,” tied it all together. The forum happily welcomed back Lisa Blodgett, Sector Head of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory Force Projection Sector, as moderator. Blodgett has extensive experience in both advanced surveillance build programs and surveillance anti-submarine warfare systems with new technologies. She is also a member of the Defense Science Board Task Force on unmanned undersea systems.

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September Executive Director's Message

OCEANS 2022 in Hampton Roads, Virginia, is just a few weeks away and the MTS community is buzzing with excitement. OCEANS is a perennially impactful event, and this year promises to be as energetic and exciting as ever. Building on the success of our in-person and virtual programming at OCEANS 2021, we again look forward to welcoming remote and on-site participation from our members, exhibitors, and the broader marine technology community!

I joined MTS six months ago, humbled at the opportunity to lead such a venerable institution and excited by the incredible strategic opportunities at our doorstep. To better understand how we could deploy an organizational strategy to best serve you, the MTS membership, I’ve spent most of my time thus far visiting with folks throughout our community. I’ve asked questions and sought to deeply listen to your thoughts and reflections. I’m grateful for the candid and open feedback that our staff, board, and members have shared about the future of MTS.

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Summary: MTS Bioinspired Marine Systems Committee Meeting on Sensing and Hydrodynamic Performance of Underwater Swimmers

On September 9, scientists from a wide variety of STEM fields converged at the George Mason University Potomac Science Center for a one-day conference of the MTS Bioinspired Marine Systems Committee, sponsored by MTS and the George Mason University Department of Physics and Astronomy. 

The meeting brought together experimental, theoretical, and computational scientists from physics, ocean engineering, materials science, biology, biomechanics, fluid mechanics, mechanical engineering, robotics, computer science and electrical engineering, underwater acoustics, AI, and human-robot interaction communities. 

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2022 Captain Don Walsh Award for Ocean Exploration


  • Winner is a leader in her field and a pioneer in applying new technologies, particularly marine technology, to challenging research questions 
  • Her work post-Deepwater Horizon proved critical to the understanding of microorganisms in degradation of oil 

WASHINGTON, DC, US AND LONDON, UK — The Marine Technology Society (MTS) and The Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) are proud to announce that the 2022 Captain Don Walsh Award for Ocean Exploration has been won by the internationally recognised oceanographer Samantha (Mandy) Joye, a Regents’ Professor in the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Georgia, USA, whose work has revealed unexpected connectivity between elemental cycles, unanticipated feedbacks between geological elemental and microbial dynamics, and fundamental controls on microbial populations and their activity. 

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Dialogues with Industry Forum

Dialogues with Industry: How can industry, science and government together advance ocean observing for 2030?

We are delighted to announce the start of Dialogues with Industry - a forum for compact and meaningful dialogue with new and established companies, academia and government. The dialogue series aims to highlight opportunities for the public and private sectors to work in partnership towards achieving a mature, vibrant ocean observing enterprise that will help accelerate the development of a thriving blue economy. 

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August President's Message

Have you voted? I have! Voting for our next President Elect; Vice President for Early Career Ocean Professionals; Vice President for Government and Public Affairs; and Vice President of Education is open through 5:00 p.m. EST on October 18, 2022. This is your opportunity to shape the future of MTS.   

Welcome aboard to Claire Idell, our new Director of Member Engagement. I know that Claire has begun reaching out to our members, and I am very excited that she has joined the MTS team. Read more about Claire on the MTS staff page.

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Member Spotlight - Terradepth

Now in its fourth year of operation, MTS member Terradepth aims to enhance humanity’s interaction with the ocean, support maritime operations across key sectors, and advance both scientific insight and the sustainable future of our planet. 

Part of a multifaceted approach to data collection and storage, Terradepth’s fleet of highly-configurable autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) provides cost-effective, detailed data capture that enables researchers and conservationists to observe previously undetectable patterns in underwater ecosystems. Increased capabilities related to safety, route, data collection, and data quality – plus the ability to respond to unforeseen circumstances and recovery location – add capacity for performing longer surveys at greater depth. 

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OCEANS 2022 Hampton Roads is on the Horizon

OCEANS 2022 Hampton Roads is on the Horizon
Ray Toll, OCEANS 2022 Hampton Roads Co-Chair


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MTS India Section Welcomes 10th Student Section

On August 25, MTS's India Section celebrated the inauguration of its newest student section, Sri SaiRam Engineering College in Chennai. This induction marks the 10th MTS student section in India and serves as a testament to the strength of our India Section. We want to especially recognize the leadership of Dr. R. Venkatesan. In his role as chairman for MTS's India Section, Venkat has worked to bridge the gap between academia and industry.

Click HERE for a deep dive into the robust history of MTS's India Section. 

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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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