Message from the President - November 2023


As we approach the end of another eventful year, I am thrilled to take a moment to celebrate the remarkable growth and successes that have shaped MTS in 2023. One of the most significant accomplishments has been the successful integration of the MATE ROV Competition into our diverse lineup of programs. This strategic move has not only expanded our outreach but has also fostered a new dimension of innovation and learning within the field of marine technology. It also expands our community deep into the next generation of technical professionals. We are now shaping future generations of marine technologists while supporting those already in the field.

In addition, I'm excited to share the incredible development of the Ocean Enterprise Initiative. This groundbreaking initiative, announced at OCEANS 2023 in Biloxi, was made possible through the invaluable seed funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It highlights our commitment to support the development and adoption of ocean best practices, to advance ocean science and technology, and to prepare and expand the global ocean workforce. To be invited to provide this important service to the community, supported by NOAA, is a testament to the strength and reputation of MTS. 

These achievements underscore the dedication and collaborative spirit of our members, partners, and staff. They represent both key milestones and collective ambition and vision that drives us forward. 


Amidst our achievements, we mourn the passing of a remarkable individual - Don Walsh, whose contributions to our field have been as profound as his pioneering dive in the Bathyscaph Trieste was deep. Don inspired countless generations of marine technologists and scientists. His dedication to the field has left an indelible mark on the landscape of ocean exploration. 

We are grateful for the privilege of having Don participate in the 2023 MATE World Championship last June, albeit remotely. His presence added a unique dimension to the event and served as a reminder of his continued commitment to fostering innovation and education in our field. 

As we pay tribute to Don's memory, let us draw inspiration from his passion, curiosity, and unwavering dedication to the advancement of marine technology. In our collective endeavors, we will continue to honor his legacy by pushing the boundaries of what is possible, just as he did throughout his illustrious career.

Our thoughts are with Don's family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time. 


But wait, there is still great work ahead of MTS in 2023. After a nearly three-year hiatus, Underwater Intervention (UI) is back and has joined the International WorkBoat Show taking place this week in New Orleans, Louisiana! We're thrilled to reconnect the technologists advancing tools for subsea inspection and intervention. Together with our partners in the diving and workboat communities, we have created a powerful hub where global industry leaders and experts converge to exchange ideas, understand current challenges, and shape the future of our field. 

An especially relevant element of UI this year is the 20th annual MTS Submarine Symposium. It's that time of year when submarine experts from all corners of the globe unite to chat about the state of the industry. Come on over and hear what the leaders, operators, and rule-makers in the submarine industry have to say. Here's a look inside the full program

I am in attendance and would be thrilled to meet any member there. If you are attending, please make sure to swing by Booth #UI-3965 (just outside the UI Think Tank) to chat with a member of the MTS team! 

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