Register for OCEANS 2022 Chennai


Inspire. Innovate. Sustain. OCEANS 2022 Chennai is next month from February 21-24 at IIT Madras Research Park, Chennai, India. The conference will feature in-person and online sessions. REGISTER HERE

Plenary speakers include: Dr. Margaret Leinen is the Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Vice Chancellor for Marine Science of University of California at San Diego; Dr. G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman, Defense Research and Development Organisation; Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Director, National Institute of Advanced Studies and Distinguished Scientist in the Ministry of Earth Sciences; Mr. Peter Haugan, Program Director at Institute of Marine Research, Norway, Professor of Oceanography at the Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen, and Past Chair of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO; Mr. Craig McLean, Acting Chief Scientist, NOAA and Assistant Administrator for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (NOAA Research); Dr. Katsuyoshi Kawaguchi, Director-General, JAMSTEC and Visiting Faculty member of Center for Integrated Underwater Observation Technology, Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo; Dr. Gary Brassington, Australia Bureau of Meteorology Senior Principal Research Scientist for Ocean Modelling; and Vice Admiral Sandeep Naithani, AVSM, VSM, Chief of Materiel of the Indian Navy.


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Forum for Dialogue with Industry: How can industry work with science and government to advance Ocean Observing for 2030? PANELISTS: Emma Heslop, UNESCO IOC; Donna Kocak, L3Harris; R Venkatesan, NIOT George Mathew, NORINCO PVT Ltd India; MODERATOR: Zdenka Willis, MTS President
This forum is designed to capture feedback from industry partners and will result in recommendations that both MTS and GOOS have the ability and interest to act upon.
Date: February 22, 2022
Time: 14:30-16:00 Hrs IST

Join fellow students for a special luncheon and outing to see Chennai's sites.
Date: February 21, 2022 (Monday)
Time: 12:30 - 16:30 Hrs IST

Special address by Dr. Vladimir Ryabinin and intro remarks by Craig McLean and Dr. Akhilesh Gupta Date: February 22, 2022 Tuesday Time: 17:30 - 19:00 Hrs IST

Date: February 23, 2022 (Wednesday)
Time: Women in Engineering - A (08:00 - 09:30 Hrs IST) & Women in Engineering - B (17:30 - 19:00 Hrs IST)

This event is jointly organized by IEEE Young Professionals (IEEE-YP) and MTS Early Career Ocean Professionals (MTS-ECOPs). This event will be in-person as well as virtual.
Date: February 23, 2022 (Wednesday)
Time: 14:30 - 16:30 Hrs IST

November/December Journal Released

New Journal Issue Released

The November/December 2021 Journal is now available. This issue Civilization at a Turning Point: The Case of Polymetallic Nodules features research by guest editors Gregory S. Stone and Corey MacLachlan.

MTS Members can access the current issue and all archived issues (Volumes 33-present) via Ingenta. Please login to the Members section of the website to access this content.

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Women Leadership in Marine Technology Webinar Series Discusses Implicit/Unconscious Bias


Implicit (unconscious) biases can affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. On January 12, as part of MTS Women in Leadership series, panelists Grace Drake, PhD Candidate, Washington University in St. Louis; Jenny Saul, Professor, Waterloo Chair in Social and Political Philosophy of Language; and moderator Liesl Hotaling, MTS VP of Publications & Communications discussed how to challenge these biases so they don't inform decision making and actions. 


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Legislative Update


White House Introduces Initiatives to Attract STEM Workforce

On January 21, the White House announced new initiatives to attract science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professionals to the United States. These policies allow STEM experts to stay in the U.S. after university education, enter the U.S. as workers or researchers, or apply for permanent residence and citizenship. According to the press release, “Our commitment as a nation to welcoming new talent has long provided America with a global competitive advantage, and we must continue to lead in this effort.”

  • The STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) program, which lets students on F-1 visas earning bachelors, masters, and doctorates in certain STEM fields remain in the U.S. to work for up to 36 months after earning their degrees, will expand to include 22 new fields of study, including include Climate Science, Earth Systems Science, Environmental Geosciences, GeoBiology, Geography and Environmental Studies, and Data Science.
  • The new Early Career STEM Research Initiative will facilitate nonimmigrant exchange visitors coming to the United States to engage in STEM research through research, training, or educational exchange visitor programs.
  • An extension for undergraduate and graduate STEM students on the J-1 visa will allow additional academic training for up to 36 months.
  • Reduction of barriers for visa seekers to ease hiring for universities and companies.


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American Blue Economy Podcast - The Central Role of STEM Education in the Blue Economy


Panelists Melissa Ryan, VP, Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration; Laurita Alomassar, Founder and CEO, STEM Brains; and Jill Zande, President/Executive Director, Marine Advanced Technology Education  (MATE) Inspiration for Innovation discuss how efforts to develop the next generation of blue tech leaders is foundational to a thriving blue economy. 


SeaState Season 3, Episode 1: Exploring the Deep with Dr. Brennan Phillips

This entertaining and educational podcast covers a broad range of topics and features a leading line-up of industry experts as guests. 

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.


Oceans in Action/Port Security Summit - Register Today

Upcoming Events

We welcome you to the Gulf Coast for Oceans In Action 2022, an event highlighting how marine science and technology research efforts are integrated into operational missions, results, and decision-making tools. New to our program – the Port Security Summit hosted by the Port of Gulfport through the University of Southern Mississippi’s Mississippi Defense Initiative (MDI).

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Florida Tech Surge Focused on Coastal Monitoring - Abstracts Due February 11

Join us April 12 - 14, 2022, FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Fort Pierce, Florida for a TechSurge event with focus on transformative solutions for integrated coastal monitoring systems for Florida's estuaries and nearshore coastal waters. The event will feature exhibitors, networking and a student poster display.


January President's Letter

Happy New Year!  As we come into another year with the world battling COVID – a moment to recognize the hardship both in human and economic terms at all levels from nations to individuals.  The pandemic continues to re-enforce the critical importance of both science and technology. 

We have two exciting events upcoming.  I hope to see you either virtually or in person at OCEANS 2022 – Chennai 21-24 February and Oceans In Action in Gulfport, MS 7-10 March.

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MTS Welcomes New Corporate Member - DeRegt Cables

When were you founded? What type of work to do you do and why is it important to marine technologists?

DeRegt was founded in 1912 and originally began business as a goldsmith based in Rotterdam. In 1950, working through a partnership with Royal Shell Exploration, DeRegt began its first developments in subsea cabling. Over the years, DeRegt has grown in focus and specialization as a world leader in subsea dynamic cabling solutions.These solutions answer the needs of a variety of applications ranging from subsea oil and gas, defense, renewables and specifically the unique and technically challenging demands of the marine research community.

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MTS Welcomes New Gold Member - Sea-Bird Scientific

Tell us about your company. When were you founded? What type of work to do you do and why is it important to marine technologists?

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President's Letter - November Currents

For the United States, November has our Thanksgiving, and I would like to start by thanking all of you have volunteered on MTS efforts. Thank you to the Section and Committee leaders, the 2021 MTS Awards Committee, 2021 Board Nominating Committee, academic advisors for our Student Sections, the Captain Don Walsh joint (with SUT) selection panel, Local Organizing Committees for OCEANS 2021-2024, Editorial board, Woman Leaders in Technology and Science organizing committee, the many presenters on our webinars, board members, and thank you to the fabulous HQ team who keeps MTS moving forward.

I would also like to thank Dr. Kathleen Herndon for her efforts as the MTS Director. She has been the MTS Executive Director for three years and her contract concludes in January 2022. As the Society continues to evolve, the MTS Board determined that the MTS ED needs significant marine technology experience and expertise to advance our goals. As of 10 November, we have opened the search for the new Executive Director. The position description and how to apply can be seen HERE. We ask each of you to distribute this widely.

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MTS Houston Section Hosts Annual Barbecue Social and Fundraiser

The Marine Technology Society’ Houston Section, the largest Section of the Society, hosted its Annual Barbecue Social and Fundraiser on October 28th, 2021. This annual event has become a much-anticipated tradition along the Gulf Coast, attracting some 400-600 offshore-industry professionals and their guests. It was apparent by the registration numbers everyone was ready to get back out for some in-person networking.
This year’s event was hosted by DeepOcean at their facility located in North Houston. DeepOcean is a leading subsea provider, servicing any equipment with specialized expertise. DeepOcean delivers value to subsea markets; Inspection, Maintenance and Repair, Subsea Construction, with an extensive fleet of vessels, over 50 ROVS, and in-house tool manufacturing and extensive ready-to-use tool pool.

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MTS Releases September/October Journal

Message From the MTS Journal Editor
Alicia M. Mahon
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

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OCEANS 2022 Hampton Roads in on the East Coast Horizon

MTS Maritime Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Committee Chair Serves on Virtual Panel - Watch Recording

The Los Angeles Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association held a virtual meeting about Maritime Cybersecurity on November 17. Daniel E. Turissini, Chair, Marine Technology Society’s Maritime Cyber Security and Infrastructure Committee served on the panel for this event. Watch the event recording here:

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UN Decade for Ocean Science Launches Next Ocean Laboratory Focused on A Clean Ocean

The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development is launching its next Ocean Decade Laboratories event focused on A Clean Ocean, November 17-19. REGISTER HERE:

Maritime TV to Feature Oceans in Action November 4 at 2 p.m. Eastern

Today, November 4 at 2 p.m. ET, tune into Maritime TV for Preparing for the Summit, a pre-event webcast for Oceans in Action 2022 scheduled for March 7-10, 2022 in Biloxi, MS. Oceans in Action/Port Security Summit is co-hosted by MTS and the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET).

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A successful conference can be measured in the impact it had on its participants not only during the event, but in the industry advancement and connections sustained long after the final networking session took place. OCEANS 2021 San Diego-Porto has gone the distance and a month after the conference closed, its contributions to marine technology are making waves!

During OCEANS 2021 San Diego-Porto, MTS held a town hall, Connected Oceans with Bristlemouth: Bridging Public and Private Sector to Launch Open Standard, moderated by MTS Vice President of Publications & Communications, Liesl Hotaling and featuring panelists Mike Wardlaw, Office of Naval Research; John Waterston, US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA); Jason Thompson, Oceankind; and Tim Janssen, Sofar Ocean. At this event, attendees learned all about Sofar’s new Bristlemouth ocean sensing technology designed to make ocean data gathering easier and more productive. The technology’s potential uses include climate research, weather forecasting, and offshore renewable energy. We congratulate MTS Corporate member Sofar on this technology advancement. For more information read here:

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Meet MTS Small Business Member: AquaGoat

MTS reached out to Jhunehl Fortaleza, Project Manager at AquaGoat to learn more about the company and the work they do. Read the interview below.

Q: Please tell MTS members about your company. When were you founded? What type of work to do you do and why is it important to marine technologists?

 A: AquaGoat is an up and coming, yield-generating social cryptocurrency centered around protecting our oceans. Founded in April 2021, members of the AquaGoat ecosystem earn interest from all network activity while benefiting the planet and their charitable partnerships. With every single transaction, 1% goes to the AquaGoat Ocean Blue Fund, enabling cryptocurrency enthusiasts to passively contribute to helping the oceans. All AquaGoat token holders also get to vote on who receives those funds each cycle. Anyone who works toward the well-being of the planet's oceans, waterways and marine life can partner with AquaGoat. Each partnership is unique and personally crafted around both parties' needs.  These can be anyone who partners with us, from nonprofit organizations to individual scientists working on ocean projects struggling to get funding elsewhere. Additionally, the team helps partners learn how to open their own crypto wallets that crypto investors can continuously donate all types of cryptocurrency to indefinitely. AquaGoat will also be featuring profiles about each of its partners on its website along with their crypto wallet address so that potential crypto donors can learn more and donate even if a partner does not win the community vote. In less than six months, AquaGoat has been able to donate over $38,000 to eight beneficiaries. These numbers will grow drastically now that AquaGoat has migrated to Version 2 of its smart contract.

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