Executive Director’s Message December 2020


I am excited to announce that after the review and adoption of the proposed changes to our Bylaws, the Marine Technology Society will be launching three new initiatives aimed at engaging Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOP).

New Membership Category

Beginning 1 January 2021, MTS will offer a new Early Career Ocean Professional (ECOP) membership category. ECOP members are defined as “an individual who is within 10 years of their last professional degree and self-identified as an ECOP.” This membership ($50) will come with all the rights and privileges of Society membership. Contact our office for more information on how to join or visit www.mtsociety.org/membership.

New Board Position

Beginning in 2021, the MTS Board of Directors will include a Vice President of ECOP. The VP of ECOP will represent the interests of ECOPs within the Society, will serve on the membership advisory group and the budget and finance committee, and will serve a two-year non-renewable term. We call on our membership to nominate talented ECOP members to serve in this important position. The call for nominations opened on 16 December 2020 and closes on 13 January 2021. To learn more, visit www.mtsociety.org/call-for-nominations or email Monica Ostrander at [email protected]. Stay tuned for details on the special election.

New Section

Beginning in 2021, MTS will form a special Section of the Marine Technology Society for ECOP members. Led by an elected ECOP member, this ECOP Section will explore topics of interest to its members, host special ECOP events, and provide information, resources, and opportunities for ECOP members. One ECOP representative will also serve as MTS’ ECOP delegate to the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (the Decade).

MTS is committed to accelerating ECOP engagement in global marine technology and ocean sustainability initiatives by fostering leadership opportunities for ECOP members. Our diverse portfolio of mentors and global thought-leaders from academia, industry, and government sectors offer a unique opportunity to ECOP stakeholders. Through their scientific and technological expertise and their fresh perspective, ECOP members are key partners in our efforts to support the Decade, and in all our efforts as the leading authority and advocate for marine technology and resources.

I hope you will join me in thanking and congratulating our small but talented ECOP working group, including Alfredo Giron Nava, Assia Edderouzi, and Joshua Baghdady. Through their efforts, the vision of the Board of Directors, and the support of an ambitious membership, MTS is poised to move forward in honoring our commitment to the next generation. 

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