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Professional Committees

Professional Committees are technical interest groups that bring together members with common interests and enhance a sense of community through events and activities, such as specialized conferences, workshops, technical sessions and special issues of the MTS Journal.

Committees are organized into three major groups – research, industry and technology; education; and government and public affairs. Browse all our Committees below and join one or more today. Are you interested in starting or revitalizing a Professional Committee? Please contact us at [email protected] for more information and support. 

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Arctic Technical Committee

The Arctic Technology Committee is primary forum for technical discussion on Arctic marine technologies. The climate, environment, isolation and seasonal darkness of the Arctic present special challenges that require technologically innovative solutions. Such solutions will also find applications in other challenging, remote and harsh ocean areas; in the search for energy, and in developing ocean renewable energy and seabed mineral resources.

Arctic Technical Committee

Bio-Inspired Marine Systems

The mission of the Bio-inspired Marine Systems committee is to promote research and use of marine technologies which mirror the motion patterns of organisms.

Bio Inspired Marine Systems

Buoy Technology

The Buoy Technology Committee fosters the technology-sharing and learning in the highly specialized field of buoy systems. The committee offers special sessions during the OCEANS conference and during their bi-annual Buoy Workshop conferences, hosted at key buoy technology worksites.

Buoy Technology Committee

Cables & Connectors

The mission of the Cables and Connectors Committee is to address analytical techniques, modeling, materials testing and engineering design of the components and assemblies—as well as the function and performance—of related handling components and systems.

Cables and Connectors

Deepwater Field Development Tech.

The mission of the Deepwater Field Development Technology Committee is to provide a forum for the dissemination of information regarding the deepwater field development technology, including but not limited to packaging technical sessions, organizing workshops, providing mechanisms for recognizing technical excellence in the area, sponsoring industry-related activities, sponsoring high school or college competitions, and maintaining a Web page.

Deepwater Field Development Tech

Diving

The objectives of the Diving Committee are to provide a forum for communication on all aspects of diving; encourage the publication of technical papers on diving through the conferences and journals of the Marine Technology Society; encourage the development and use of new diving technology and procedures, and refinement of existing technology and procedures; address from the independent viewpoint of a professional technical society, topics and issues of interest to the diving community and to divers; and cooperate with committees of other societies in the United States and abroad in the furtherance of diving technology and procedures.

Diving Committee

Dynamic Positioning

The Dynamic Positioning Committee was established to provide a consistent forum for exchange of information, discussion of technology, training and education, improvement of reliability, review of existing and proposed guidelines and/or regulations, and any other issues pertinent to dynamic positioning and consistent with the objectives of the Marine Technology Society.

Dynamic Positioning

Manned Underwater Vehicles

The mission of the Manned Underwater Vehicles Professional Committee is to: Promote the development and use of manned underwater vehicles in commercial and scientific activity; Disseminate technical knowledge-based resources for the community; Cooperate with other professional and technical societies and government rule-making agencies to promote simplicity, reliability and safety in the, design, development, manufacture and use of manned submersibles and related underwater equipment and to do so without inhibiting innovation and creativity.

Manned Underwater Vehicles

Marine Archaeology

The mission of the Marine Archaeology Committee is to promote an open forum to disclose the location of shipwrecks encountered during the course of commercial activities and to foster increased cooperation among oceanographic/marine professionals and academic/government archaeologists, historians and oceanographers; to discuss issues related to preservation/conservation and exploration; to discuss technological hurdles related to the search for and mapping and recovery of artifacts/shipwrecks from the sea, and to aid in the development and application of new technologies to archaeological research; to foster popular media interest in marine archaeology and technology; and to involve and educate K-12 students in and about our common maritime heritage and how it is represented on the sea floor as archaeological sites.

Marine Archaeology

Marine Education

The mission of the Marine Education Committee is to develop programs for MTS members' professional development.

Marine Education

Marine Geodetic Information Sys.

The mission of the Marine Geodetic Information Systems Committee is to promote and support research for improved geodetic definition(s) and accurate marine positioning with emphasis on bathymetry, sub-surface and sea floor,  Marine Information System (MIS), and geodetic aspects of the law of the sea. It also seeks to provide: support in defining and establishing the specific geodetic positioning for special scientific, industrial, territorial boundaries, coastal and offshore surveys, and tsunami signal; support with geodetic definition’s, interpretation, identification, and survey specifications for marine boundaries; promotion of the extension of 4-D geodesy to the sea floor; and consultation for practical and realizable solutions for all types of marine positioning with innovation and vision.

Marine Geodetic Information Systems

Marine Law & Policy

The mission of the Marine Law and Policy Committee is to provide current information, a forum for exchange of ideas and a resource for members on contemporary matters of marine law and policy.

Marine Law and Policy

Marine Materials

The mission of the Marine Materials Committee is to address development of new materials, processes, materials protection, characterization and testing procedures for marine applications.

Marine Materials

Marine Mineral Resources

The mission of the Marine Mineral Resources Committee is to offer education and resources about the abundant resources available in the ocean and on the ocean floor. 

Marine Mineral Resources

Marine Security

The mission of the Marine Security Committee is to effectively integrating technology and techniques to satisfy the increasing global need for Marine Security. Marine/maritime security is one of the greatest homeland security challenges facing the United States. The U.S. has 361 commercial ports, numerous public and private ferry systems, and critical infrastructure located on waterways, ports and harbors, all subject to threats from waterborne attack and from natural hazards. The Marine Technology Society, through the Marine Security Committee, can make important contributions to providing solutions to these challenges by bringing the innovative systems approach inherent to working in the marine environment to the marine security arena. By fostering and encouraging interdisciplinary, all-threats/all-hazards methodologies, MTS can help enhance the security of our marine and maritime infrastructure and assets.

Marine Security

Maritime Cyber Security and Infrastructure

With cyber security affecting so many areas of business and military operations, this committee will serve professional interests across many levels of expertise and specialty areas. As with the Marine Security Committee, the approach will be interdisciplinary and systems-oriented. The committee’s goal is to be the one-stop shop for maritime cyber security and infrastructure – exchange of information, training resources, awareness of cyber risks, best practices and pointers on where to go next, through technical sessions, workshops, publications and collaborative work with other interested parties. Join the committee – we welcome your input.

Maritime Cyber Security and Infrastructure

Moorings

The mission of the Moorings Committee is an extension of the society’s own mission to disseminate technical knowledge specifically in the field of marine moorings and to promote and support communications among scientists, engineers and technicians to share and benefit from this knowledge. The goal of the committee is to position it as the leading resource for obtaining information relating to all aspects of mooring design, application and new developments by the entire marine industry.

Moorings

Ocean Economic Potential

Technology is the product of the inspiration and perspiration of scientists and engineers. Innovators and entrepreneurs then apply technology in the development of marketable products and services. The committee’s mission is to conduct appropriate research and to provide consulting services in this transition from technological invention to market.

Ocean Economic Potential

Ocean Exploration

The Ocean Exploration Committee will encourage and build upon the renewed interest in marine exploration, providing information on new technologies and methodologies while upholding the mission of MTS to disseminate knowledge to a broad and multi-disciplined, global audience.

Ocean Exploration

Ocean Observing Systems

The Ocean Observing System Committee will provide the ocean community with a unique collaborative environment for exchanging information and advancing knowledge to further the state-of-the-art and technology, as well as to foster the global dissemination of knowledge in this field of endeavor.

Ocean Observing System

Ocean Pollution

The mission of the Ocean Pollution Committee is to provide a forum for the discussion, interchange and publication of information and technologies involved in the identification, monitoring, treatment and remediation of ocean pollution sources.

The committee’s emphasis will be on the identification of sources, effects and impacts of pollution on the marine environment. The objective of the Committee will be to bring together industry, academia, NGO and governmental agency participants to help bring about a better understanding of the various types and sources of ocean pollution and best management practices for dealing with them. MTS is uniquely positioned to address this issue through its maritime industry leadership role and technological focus.

Ocean Pollution

Oceanographic Instrumentation

The marine environment places unique demands on instrumentation that are not easily met by standard laboratory equipment. The Oceanographic Instrumentation Committee focuses on education programs, conferences, workshops, and webinars pertaining to observing platforms, measurement of hydrographic properties, and measurement of dynamic properties.

Oceanographic Instrumentation

Offshore Structures & Seafloor Engineering

The mission of the Offshore Structures and Seafloor Engineering Committee is to provide an open technical forum for such issues as structural safety and public policy relating to fixed and floating offshore structures. To organize sessions and encourage attendance by the offshore contingent at MTS meetings beyond Houston. To be an MTS point of contact for OTC, COPRI, SNAME, etc., whose more specialized conferences and meetings would cover the detailed technical issues.

The committee will also provide a forum to address applications of digital side-scan sonar, computerized data processing methods for geophysical reflection survey’s stress analyses, and soil-pile interaction. To promote activity relating to NASA-developed digital techniques to enhance photographs of the seafloor, seafloor earthquake measurement systems, and marine penetration systems development.  Evaluate and determine the underwater systems and technologies required for Natural Gas Hydrate exploration, development, and production.

Offshore Structures and Seafloor Engineering

Physical Oceanography & Meteorology

The mission of the Physical Oceanography/Meteorology Committee is to address specialized topics in physical oceanography and marine meteorology of current importance to the marine community.

Physical Oceanographic and Meteorology

Remote Sensing

Remote sensing is the science of obtaining information about objects or areas from a distance, typically from aircraft or spacecraft. Scientists collect and use remotely sensed data for a range of activities, from mapping coastlines, to supporting military and disaster response personnel, to monitoring hurricane activity. The Remote Sensing Committee offers education programs such as workshops, conferences, and webinars to support the professional development of MTS members.

Remote Sensing

Remotely Operated Vehicles

The purpose of the ROV Committee is to promote the interchange of technical information among industrial, academic, defense and other organizations on an international basis in the areas of ROVs, undersea robotics and artificial intelligence; to provide speakers to academic institutions, to increase the participation of students in the society and areas of ROV and undersea technology; and to produce technical publications related to ROV technology.

Remotely Operated Vehicles

Renewable Energy

Wind, tides, waves, and currents can be used to produce electricity. The Renewable Energy Committee offers education and networking opportunities for members interested in marine renewable energy sources.

Renewable Energy

Ropes & Tension Members

The mission of the MTS Ropes and Tension Members Committee is to provide a forum for the discussion, interchange and publication of information on load-carrying tension members, such as synthetic and natural fiber ropes, wire ropes, chains, pultrusions, tension legs and associated connections and terminations. Primary emphasis will be on the use of these elements in the marine environment, but interest will not be limited to this field and will extend to other fields in construction, aerospace, rescue and recreation.

Ropes and Tension

Underwater Imaging

The mission of the Underwater Imaging Committee is to promote the interchange of technical information among industrial, academic, defense and other organizations on an international basis in the areas of optical, acoustic, and thermal underwater imaging systems.

Underwater Imaging

Unmanned Maritime Systems

The mission of the Unmanned Maritime Systems (formerly UUV) Committee is to provide our diverse membership, which crosses academia, industry and government, with a common forum for professional interaction. This will facilitate technical exchange, personal networking and business development. Our core value is the common aim to further the development and utilization of unmanned untethered vehicles.

Unmanned Maritime Systems