January/February MTS Journal - The New Blue Economy Released


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Message from MTS Executive Director Chris Ostrander, March 2022

I’m honored and humbled to share my first notes with you as executive director of our Society. As I’ve settled in the past few weeks, I’m grateful for the warm welcome from so many of our members, staff, partners, and board. You’ve shared encouragement, suggestions on what MTS can do better, invitations to events, and highlights of your section, committee, and individual accomplishments—I’m impressed! 

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OCEANS 2022 Chennai Inspired, Innovated, and Sustained Attendees

Inspire. Innovate. Sustain. With 84 sessions (51 Virtual and 33 on-site/hybrid), OCEANS 2022 Chennai held from February 21-24 at IIT Madras Research Park, Chennai, India was a grand success. Key sessions included: GOOS/MTS Industry Dialogues Series, a forum for dialogue with industry which discussed how can industry work with science and government to advance Ocean Observing for 2030 (session recording here); Student Hackathon; ECOPs and Young Professionals program; Climate Change Solutions and the Ocean Decade; and plenary and technical sessions. 

The inaugural MTS Nanda Student Innovation Award 2022, named in honor of MTS India leader Nanda Kumar who passed away last year, was presented to student Aryan Anand for his presentation AUV Aquabot an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Inspired by Aquatic Animals.

Hybrid conference attendees networked online and visited virtual booths as well as the in-person exhibit hall. OCEANS 2022 Chennai session recordings are here.


MTS Journal News - Call for Papers

Call for Papers

The MTS Journal is seeking papers for its November/December 2022 issue, Advancements in Buoy Technology to Support Ocean Observations, Maritime Safety, and Environmental Characterization. The issue will showcase commentaries, scientific notes, and technical papers from buoy technology leaders from around the world, including topics presented at the MTS Buoy Workshop in September 2022. For more information contact Amy Morgante, MTS Journal Managing Editor, [email protected].

The latest issue of SUT/MTS UT2 is out. Read it here!

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MTS Honors Dr. Ann Jochens

MTS Honors Dr. Ann Jochens

Research scientist, lawyer, and professor Dr. Ann Jochens passed away on December 1, 2021. Ann was a life member of MTS and served on the editorial board of the MTS Journal.

Ann worked as an environmental lawyer for Gulf, and earned her master's and doctoral degrees in oceanography at Texas A&M University. Ann was the first Executive Director of the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Regional Association (GCOOS-RA). Ann will be remembered for her dedication to the mission of MTS and for her immense love of our oceans and their inhabitants

MTS 2022 Award Nominations Now Open


Nominations for 2022 MTS Awards are now open. Award applications are due by May 31, 2022 and can be submitted online here. Learn more about the awards, which include the Compass Distinguished Achievement Award, Compass International Award, Compass Industrial Award, John P. Craven Mentor Award, Walter Munk Scholar Award and Commemorative Lecture, Captain Don Walsh Award for Ocean Exploration, Lockheed Martin Award for Ocean Science and Engineering, Ocean News and Technology Young Professional Award, MTS Fellow, MTS Outstanding Service Award, MTS Outstanding Section Award, MTS Outstanding Committee Award, MTS Outstanding Student Section Award, and the MTS Special Commendation and Award, HERE.

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Attention Students: Register for MTS Summer Camps


Attention Students: Register for MTS Summer Camps

We are partnering with Northwestern Michigan College and Rutgers University to offer summer camp experiences for undergraduate and high school students. The Marine Technology Camps offer students a chance to learn about several technologies and to deploy equipment to gather data applied to various investigations.

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MTS 2022 Board of Directors Nominations

There are four positions open for the 2022 MTS Board Elections: President-Elect, Vice President of Early Career Ocean Professionals, Vice President of Education, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs. MTS members may nominate candidates for the open positions through 11:59 p.m. EST on June 15, 2022. 

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Become a Certified Marine Technologist - Learn More Here

Register for the EOOS Technology Forum

UN Decade to Hold World Ocean Summit in March



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MTS ECOPs Network at OCEANS 2022 Chennai


MTS ECOPs section chair Joshua Baghdady presented at the ECOPs and Young Professional event during OCEANS 2022 Chennai. Check out the full Young Professionals hybrid session HERE





On February 4, the House of Representatives passed the COMPETES Act, which increases funding for marine science, expands renewable energy and strengthens protection of marine life.

The bill improves regulations and the tracking of illegal fishing and fish products produced with slave labor. The legislation also boosts ocean science and conservation and provides resources for the education of ocean scientists. And its provisions help protect ecosystems, including deep-sea environments and the Artic region. 

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American Blue Economy Podcast - Workforce Development in the Blue Economy

American Blue Economy Podcast - Workforce Development in the Blue Economy 

In this month's episode of the American Blue Economy Podcast, our host Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet explores Blue Economy Workforce Development with experts:

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SeaState Season 3, Episode 2: USV Technology with guests Jigger Herman and Alessandra Bianchi

SeaState Season 3, Episode 2: USV Technology with guests Jigger Herman and Alessandra Bianchi

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

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Buoy Workshop, UN Decade Endorsed - Call for Speakers & Registration Now Open

Join us September 19-22, 2022 for the MTS Buoy Workshop, a UN Decade endorsed event. The conference theme is "Moored Systems for the Future Buoy and Mooring System Developments and Advancements to Address the Needs of a Changing World". The event will be held at The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Coastal Ocean Research & Monitoring Program (CORMP).

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February 2022 President's Letter

Bravo Zulu to the OCEANS 2022 Chennai for successful conference. Once again, the conference was conducted in a hybrid mode that permitted attendance and speakers from all corners of the world to have engaging and substantive conversations. Along with a strong technical track the team conducted a hackathon, an ECOP session, a Women in Engineering Session and the kick-off of the IOC activity co-sponsored by MTS and the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) - Forum for Dialogue with Industry: How can industry work with science and government to advance Ocean Observing for 2030? This forum is designed to capture feedback from industry partners to maturing the ocean observing market and will result in recommendations that both MTS and GOOS have the ability and interest to act upon. Together we will identify the barriers and the opportunities. In the coming weeks we will have more information on this new action on the MTS and GOOS website and look forward to engaging all of you on this activity. Congratulations to the Aryan Anand, Akash R and Shreya Keshri, winners of new MTS Nanda Student innovation. This award has been set up in memory of Dr. Kumar Nanda, who was a strong supporter of MTS and especially the students. Thank you to Dr. Nanda’s family and friends for setting up the fund and for their contributions. We also thank the following organization who joined MTS in sponsoring this award:  ELEKTRONIK LAB, Inmarsat, Sonardyne, and Aries.

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Plan to Attend these Virtual Sessions for OCEANS 2022 Chennai




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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.


For detailed information on sessions and to register visit

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