Justin Manley

About Justin

Justin Manley is an innovative technologist and executive with experience in commercial, academic, and public sectors. He has been working with marine technology, especially unmanned systems, since 1990. He worked with autonomous vehicles at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1993 to 2002. Between 2002 and 2009 Mr. Manley provided marine technology consulting services, primarily to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

In 2009 Mr. Manley transitioned to the private sector, joining Liquid Robotics during its startup phase. There he was responsible for developing new commercial and scientific programs. In 2011 he joined Teledyne Benthos where he managed a diverse product portfolio and led the development of a networked systems strategy across Teledyne Marine Systems (Benthos, Webb Research, Gavia, and SeaBotix).

Drawn back to entrepreneurial endeavors, Mr. Manley founded Just Innovation Inc. in 2015. He supports clients from startups to multi-national corporations with core technical specializations in unmanned vehicles, robotics, sensors, and undersea systems. Mr. Manley offers clients support with strategy and innovation, business and product development, evangelism, and marketing.

Mr. Manley is extensively involved in the marine technology profession. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, a Life Member of MTS, a Fellow of the Institute for Marine Engineering Science and Technology (IMAREST) and was a founding member of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Advisory Committee. He is dedicated to innovation, mentoring startup companies, and serving as a judge for the XPRIZE Foundation. He holds two patents in the area of unmanned systems oversight and security.

MTS and Other Association Experience

Justin Manley has actively supported the Marine Technology Society for more than 20 years. He has served in numerous volunteer leadership roles including:

  • Chair of the AUV Professional Committee
  • Editor of the MTS Journal
  • Vice President of Government and Public Affairs

He has also actively supported MTS conferences with significant roles, including:

  • Student Program Chair, OCEANS 2005
  • Technical Program Chair, OCEANS 2011
  • Technical Program Chair, Underwater Intervention 2009

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