Highlights from the 2nd Annual MTS New Jersey Student Section Research Symposium


The second annual Marine Technology Society New Jersey Student Section Research Symposium took place on Friday, April 5th, at the Rutgers University Marine Field Station and Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve in Tuckerton, NJ. This symposium convened 40 participants for a day focused on networking and student presentations. Attendees included undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty and staff from Rutgers University, Stockton University, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

The event commenced with a diverse marine technology panel featuring speakers from the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Attentive Energy, and Bluepoint Wind. Panelists shared insights from their career paths and discussed the future of marine technology across various sectors. Following the panel, six graduate students delivered concise, five-minute lightning talks on a wide array of topics utilizing marine technologies.

After lunch, a hybrid poster session took place, where both undergraduate and graduate students showcased their research projects. This session was unique as it included stations for dry-demonstrations of various marine technology equipment. A standout feature was Bluepoint Wind's Virtual Reality experience, providing a simulation of being on a turbine platform. The symposium concluded with a tour of the Rutgers University Marine Field Station, featuring the deployment of a Sofar Ocean Spotter Buoy in the nearby boat basin. 

The New Jersey Student Section expresses gratitude to MTS for funding this event and looks forward to fostering continued growth within the marine technology community. 


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