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Simplify Underwater Sensing with Sofar Ocean's Spotter Buoy and Smart Mooring 

(November 9, 2022)

Collecting real-time ocean data at the surface is hard. Collecting real-time ocean data beneath the surface is even harder. Sofar Ocean’s Spotter buoy and Smart Mooring offer a game-changing subsurface solution that breaks down the barriers of cost and complexity that traditionally make underwater sensing inaccessible. In this webinar, Sofar’s Commercial Business Lead Nevin DiParlo will discuss:

  • How the rapidly deployable Spotter and Smart Mooring enable you to start collecting ocean data quickly
  • How Spotter acts as the “brain” of Smart Mooring, serving as a hub for power, connectivity, and data delivery
  • How Smart Mooring is compatible with Bristlemouth, the full stack marine connectivity standard created by Sofar, DARPA, ONR, and Oceankind. This “USB for the sea” unlocks plug and play customization with other subsurface sensors.


  • Nevin DiParlo, Commercial Business Lead - Sofar Ocean

Dialogues with Industry - Dialogue 1 Instrument Provision: Supply and development of sensors and platforms

(September 14, 2022)

The Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), Marine Technology Society (MTS), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and industry partners are launching, a new Ocean Decade action - a forum for compact and meaningful ‘Dialogues with Industry’. The goal of these dialogues is to develop ACTIONABLE recommendations, through interaction between new and established companies, academia, and government, on how the public and private sectors can evolve an expanded and multi-sectoral Global Ocean Observing System, to meet the needs of science, society and the Blue Economy. 

Through a successful and thriving mix of the public and private technologies and players, Dialogues with Industry will aim to dismantle barriers and highlight opportunities towards achieving a mature, vibrant ocean observing enterprise.

Learn more! 

Women Leadership in Marine Technology and Science: Hosting Events – Lessons Learned and Connections Made

(July 14, 2022)


  • Katarina Lucas, National Girls Collaborative Project

  • Blair Morrison, National Academy of Sciences Gulf Research Program


  • Liesl Hotaling, Vice President, Publications & Communications, Marine Technology Society

Supplemental Links and Materials for this webinar:

Engaging with the Blue Economy: Offshore Wind

(June 30, 2022)


  • Serpil Guran, Director - Rutgers EcoComplex 'Clean Energy Innovation Center'
  • Crystal Pruitt, External Affairs Lead, Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind


  • Dain Dunston, Executive Coach and Communicator

Deep Sea Mining in Norway’s EEZ - When Will it Become a Reality?

(June 22, 2022)


  • Egil Tjåland, Secretary General of Norwegian Forum for Marine Minerals


  • Dr. Alex Barnard, Chair, MTS Marine Minerals Resources Committee

Ferromanganese crusts: An Overview and a Dive into Pacific Crusts

(May 18, 2022)


  • Coralie Rodriguez, PhD student, University of Rhode Island


  • Dr. Alex Barnard, Chair, MTS Marine Minerals Resources Committee

Science and Sensibility: Deep-Seabed Minerals and the Need for Science in Decision Making

(April 27, 2022)


  • Dr. Samantha Smith, Director, Blue Globe Solutions Inc. Head of Sustainability & External Relations, Global Sea Mineral Resources (GSR)


  • Dr. Alex Barnard, Chair, MTS Marine Minerals Resources Committee

Women Leadership in Marine Technology and Science: Wage Gap

(April 13, 2022)


  • Dr. Jackie Bichsel, College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR)
  • Dr. Andrea Liebl, University of South Dakota 
  • Dr. Sarah Small, Rutgers University
  • Dr. Zoe Spencer, Virginia State University


  • Liesl Hotaling, Vice President, Publications & Communications, Marine Technology Society

Marine Sensing Devices Presented by Sofar Ocean

(April 6, 2022)


  • Nevin DiParlo, Sofar Ocean
  • Zack Johnson, Sofar Ocean
  • Rishabh Singhal, Sofar Ocean


  • Todd Quinn, Sofar Ocean

Engaging with the Blue Economy: Shipping Decarbonization

(March 30, 2022)


  • Andrew Moffat, U.S. Department of State
  • Natalia Mykhaylova, CEO of WeavAir
  • David Cummins, President of Blue Sky Maritime


  • Dain Dunston, Executive Coach and Communicator

Walter Munk Commemorative Lecture: Development of Novel pH Glider Technology

(March 29, 2022)


  • Dr. Liza Wright-Fairbanks 2021 MTS/WMFO Walter Munk Scholar Award Recipient; Rutgers University; Knauss Policy Fellow, NOAA Ocean Acidification Program


  • Laura J. Lawson, Interim Executive Dean, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University; Interim Executive Director, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station; Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture

Diversifying the Marine Technology Workforce. How Can I Help?

(March 23, 2022)


  • Ashley Peiffer
  • Isabella B. Arzeno Soltero, PhD
  • Itzel Rodriquez


  • Josh Kohut, MTS Vice President, Education

Mapping and Characterizing Seafloor Minerals

(March 9, 2022)


  • Peter Kowalczyk, P.Geo., CTO & Director, Ocean Floor Geophysics (OFG)


  • Dr. Alex Barnard, Chair, MTS Marine Minerals Committee

MTS Gulf Coast Section Webinar: CruisePack - A tool to facilitate packaging,  submission and archiving of cruise-based data

(January 26, 2022)


  • Chuck Anderson, Senior Data Manager, University of Colorado, Boulder's Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)


  • Katharine Weathers, MTS Gulf Coast Section Chair

Women Leadership in Marine Technology and Science: Implicit/Unconscious Bias

(January 12, 2022)


  • Grace Duke, PhD Candidate, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Jenny Saul, Professor, Waterloo Chair in Social and Political Philosophy of Language


  • Liesl Hotaling, MTS VP of Publications & Communications

Engaging with the Blue Economy: Medicines and Therapeutics from the Sea

(December 1, 2021)


  • Dr. Shirley Pomponi, CEO, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution at FAU
  • Thomas Manning, Professor of Chemistry, Valdosta State University


  • Dain Dunston, Executive Coach and Communicator

Engaging with the Blue Economy: Fisheries and Aquaculture

(November 3, 2021)


  • Christian Brayden, Project Manager, Maine Aquaculture Association
  • Kortney Opshaug, CEO & Founder, Blue Ocean Gear


  • Dain Dunston, Executive Coach and Communicator

Wave Killer Systems - New Innovation For Port Protection (Gulf Coast Section Webinar)

(October 21, 2021)


  • Destino Rivera, CEO and sole proprietor of Atlantean Technologies

Women Leadership in Technology & Science: We Don't  Need Rescuing, We Need Allies

(October 13, 2021)


  • Dr. W. Brad Johnson - Professor of Psychology in the Department of Leadership, Ethics, and Law at the United States Naval Academy, and a faculty associate in the Graduate School of Education at Johns Hopkins University.
  • Dr. David Smith - is Associate Professor of Sociology in the College of Leadership and Ethics at the United States Naval War College.
  • Brian McComak – Founder, Hummingbird Humanity, is a diversity & inclusion consultant, speaker, author and facilitator with over 25 years of experience.
  • Andrea G. Tatum –Founder, AGT Diversity Consulting, is a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion consultant, facilitator, and public speaker. She's had a wide range of experiences from the arts to tech and has held roles at Tableau, Salesforce, and most recently, Catalyst Inc., a non-profit with the mission of creating workplaces that work for women.


  • Liesl Hotaling, MTS VP of Publications & Communications
  • Dr. Dick Crout, MTS VP of Section Affairs

Engaging with the Blue Economy: Workforce Development

(October 6, 2021)


Dr. Mildred Coyne, Senior VP Workforce Education, Broward College
Liesl Hotaling, Founder and President, Eidos Education


Dain Dunston, Executive Coach and Communicator

MTS Technology Forum: Intelligence and Observations: The Nexus of Undersea Technology

(September 30, 2021)

Opening speakers:

  • Phil Beierl, Senior Vice President of the Aerospace and Defense Technologies segment (ADTech) within Oceaneering International, Inc.
  • Jake Sobin, Chair of the Washington, D.C. section of MTS and Sales Manager at Kongsberg Maritime


  • Vice Adm. Jeff Trussler, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare
  • Craig McLean, Assistant Administrator, NOAA's OAR Office
  • Dr. Leigh McCue, Associate Professor, George Mason University

Panel Moderator:

  • Zdenka Willis, CEO, Veraison Consulting & MTS President

Engaging with the Blue Economy: Market Disruption & New Business Models

(September 8, 2021)


  • Jacqueline (Jax) Kirtley, the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Jim Costopulos, CEO and Founder, Global Oceans


  • Inna Ulanova

Engaging with the Blue Economy: New Blue Economy

(August 4, 2021)


  • Carl Gouldman, U.S. Ocean Integrated Observing System
  • Kellie Keller, Sofar Ocean


  • Dain Dunston

Opportunities in Spain: Blue Tech and the Canary Islands

(July 28, 2021)


  • Zdenka Willis - Marine Technology Society
  • Maryanne Burke - Global Marine Technology Team Leader
  • Linda Caruso - CS Spain
  • Dacil Dominguez - Managing Director at PROEXCA
  • Javier Hidalgo - Delegate at PROEXCA
  • Javier Perez - Blue Tech Specialist at PROEXCA
  • Andy Ziegwied - Vice President of Ocean Data at Saildrone Inc
  • Carlos Barrera - PLOCAN
  • Elba Bueno Cabrera - Manager of the Maritime Cluster of the Canary Islands
  • Andres Alonso-Martirena Tornos - Qualitas Artificial Intelligence and Science SA


  • Jim Hanlon - Marine Technology Society
  • Angela Turrin - CS Madrid
  • Delia Valdiva - CA LA

Engaging with the Blue Economy: Tourism-Recreation

(July 14, 2021)


  • Chris Maxey - Founder of The Island School
  • Danica Reinicke - Smartfin


  • Dain Dunston

Engaging with the Blue Economy - Offshore Energy

(June 2, 2021)


  • Jeff Andreini
  • Elias Greenbaum


  • Dain Dunston

Engaging with the Blue Economy - Bioenergy
(May 5, 2021)


  • Martin Koehring
  • Brian Wilcox
  • Cindy Wilcox


  • Dain Dunston

Discussion of policies and practices to promote a more diverse, equitable, inclusive and just marine technology workforce
(April 21, 2021)


  • Kenneth M. Bailey (He, Him, His), v/r Kenny
  • Lonnie Gonsalves Ph.D.
  • Camila Ramos Vilches
  • Angela Christie


  • Liesl Hotaling

Engaging with the Blue Economy: Mobile Power Generation
(April 7, 2021)


  • Carrie Schmaus
  • Robert Cavagnaro
  • Yi Chao

Engaging with the Blue Economy Kickoff

(March 3, 2021)
Blue Economy, Global and US Perspectives:

  • Claire Jolly
  • Monica Grasso

Panel of Experts:

  • Michael Olson – Wind Energy
  • Lynette Cardoch – Coastal Infrastructure
  • Roger Strevens – Decarbonization of Shipping
  • Erika Feller – Marine Living Resources
  • Barbara Ryan – Geospatial Data

From Collecting Samples for Water Quality Analysis to Calibrating HF Radar Antennas and Saving Lives: The Marine Applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems, Part III

(February 24, 2021)
Presentation: Eduardo Romero, Research Specialist, the Marine Science Institute at the University of California Santa Barbara; Teresa Updyke, Project Scientist, Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography at Old Dominion University; and Dr. Hugh Roarty, Research Project Manager; Center for Ocean Observing Leadership at Rutgers University 

An Offshore Energy Perspective on Managing HSE During the Age of COVID

(December 11, 2020)
Presentation: Robert Sheninger

From Managing River Silt to Coordinating Communication Amongst Platforms and Energizing Industry-Education Partnerships: The Marine Applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems, Part II

(December 9, 2020)
Presentation: Joshua Baghdady, Clint A. Coleman, Zackary Nicklin

Powering the Blue Economy™ Ocean Observing Prize Q&A Session

(December 2, 2020)
Presentation: Ben Maurer, Jenny Wiegele, Carl Gouldman, Michelle Harris, Save Hume, Molly Grear, Rob Cavagnaro, Carrie Schmaus

The Ocean Enterprise Study: Changes Within the Last Five Years

(November 18, 2020)
Presentation: Carl Gouldman, Charles Colgan, Ralph Rayner

Scientific Exploration of the Indian Ocean: Nekton & Teledyne Marine Requiring a Long Calibration Lifetime

(November 11, 2020)
Presentation: Oliver Steeds, Simon Barchard, Lucy Woodall

Accelerometers: Latest Advances for High-Accuracy Positioning and Guidance Applications Requiring a Long Calibration Lifetime

(November 4, 2020)
Presentation: Max Goodman, Sean Murphy, Mike Grimmer

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM): Update on Federal Offshore Renewable Activities & Future Outlook

(October 30, 2020)
Presentation: Annette Moore

Offshore Diversity and Technology

(October 27, 2020)
Presentation: Fernando Hernandez, Vice Chair MTS Houston Section

Umbilicals: Brownfield Problems and Solutions

(October 16, 2020)
Presentation: Frank Svejda, Technical Sales Manager, Deep Down Inc.

Challenging Convention: In-line Inspection of Unpiggable Subsea Systems

(October 2, 2020)
Presentation: Colum Holtam, Principal Engineer, Quest Integrity

The Marine Applications of Unmanned Systems

(September 23, 2020) 
Presentation (in order of presentation): Jill Zande, President/Executive Director at MATE Inspiration and Innovation (MATE II); Dr. Gary Wick, Acting Deputy director, NOAA UAS Program; Hydrometeorology Observations and Processes Team, NOAA Physical Sciences Laboratory (PSL); Aaron Bottke, Founder and Director of Research & Design, Hybrid Robotics, Inc.; Ryan Mater, Founder and Operations Manager, Hybrid Robotics, Inc.; Dr. Iain Kerr, CEO, Ocean Alliance

Price of Oil: Global and Local Impacts to the Offshore Industry

(September 18, 2020)
Presentation: Mark Rosanno, CEO of C6 Capital Holdings

MTS Technology Forum – Technology Trends and Challenges

(September 17, 2020)
Presentation (in order of presentation): Jake Sobin, MTS DC Section Chair and Kongsberg Maritime; Zdenka Willis, President, Marine Technology Society and CEO of Veraison Consulting; Philip Beierl, Senior Vice President, Oceaneering ADTECH; Lisa Blodgett, Sector Head, Force Projection Sector, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory; Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D., Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Deputy Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); RADM William J. Houston, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Director, Undersea Warfare Division (N97); Dr. Peter deMenocal, Incoming President and Director, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Halo Battery Storage: A Gateway for Subsea Asset Life Extension 

(September 4, 2020)
Presentation: Paul Slorach, Business Development Director, EC-OG

An Independent’s Perspective on 2020 Deepwater 

(August 21, 2020)
Presentation: Joe Leimkuhler, Chief Operating Officer, Beacon Offshore Energy

Challenger Deep Dive: From the Heights to the Depths 

(August 19, 2020)
Presentation: Dr. Kathryn Sullivan

Modern Hydrographic Workflow 

(August 11, 2020)
Presentation: Evan Martzial, QPS

Field Development Planning in Mexico: A Safe Path for an Oil Price Reduction Scenario after COVID-19 

(August 7, 2020)
Presentation: Dr. Efrain Rodriguez Sanchez, Senior Project Manager, Instituto Mexicano del Petróleo

Teledyne CARIS: Leveraging AI Technology On The Cloud For The Future of Ocean Mapping 

(August 5, 2020)
Presentation: Burns Foster (Teledyne CARIS), Tami Francksen (Teledyne CARIS), and Maryam Jameela (York University)

Sidescan Data – Making the Perfect Mosaic in SonarWiz 

(July 29, 2020)
Presentation: Harold Orlinsky, Chesapeake Technology, Inc.

Life Extension Considerations for Steel Catenary Risers Versus Top Tensioned Risers 

(July 24, 2020)
Presentation: Dyhan Deka, Senior Engineering Specialist, 2H Offshore Inc.

HYPACK Playback with Multibeam Auto Processing 

(July 15, 2020)
Presentation: Caryn Zacharias, HYPACK Technical Support

Optime Subsea: Novel Technologies for the Gulf of Mexico 

(July 10, 2020)
Presentation: Thor Arne Lovland, Co-founder and CCO of Optime Subsea

Facts to Consider: Material Selection for Long Term Marine Applications 

(July 8, 2020)
Presentation: Dr. R. Venkatesan, Scientist G & Programme Director, Ocean Observation Systems, National Institute of Ocean Technology – Chennai, Ministry of Earth Sciences, India

Offshore Offshore Hydrate Deposition Detection & Characterization for effective remediation before and after Shut-Ins 

(June 26, 2020)
Presentation: Jim Bramlett, North America Commercial Manager, Tracerco

LakeBed 2030 

(June 24, 2020)
Presentation: Tim Kearns, Chief Information Officer, Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS); Brandon Krumwiede, Great Lakes Regional Geospatial Coordinator, CSS employee as part of Lynker/CSS Team on contract to NOAA Office for Coastal Management; Jocelyn Sherwood, Geospatial Analyst, Great Lakes Ecosystem Management, Environment, and Climate Change Canada

Technology and Opportunities in the Marine Industry 

(June 16, 2020)
Vince Capone, Principal of Black Laser Learning, Inc.

Virtual Conference: Industry Role in Seabed 2030 

(June 11, 2020)
Presentation (in order of presentation):
Jake Sobin, MTS DC Section Chair, Kongsberg Maritime; Capt. Craig McLean, Assistant Administrator for NOAA’s Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), Acting NOAA Chief Scientist, and Head of US Delegation to the IOC; Mathias Jonas, Secretary-General IHO; Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary of IOC-UNESCO, Assistant Director General of UNESCO; Jamie McMichael Phillips, Seabed 2030 Project Director; Shepard M. Smith, NOAA, Director, Office of the Coast Survey; Jyotika Virmani, Executive Director, Schmidt Ocean Institute; Rick Spinrad, MTS Immediate Past President; David Millar, Government Accounts Director, Americas- Fugro; Bjorn Jalving, Senior Vice President Technology Sensors & Robotics, Kongsberg Maritime; Mike Read, President Teledyne Marine

Underwater Mateable Connector History: The Agony and Euphoria of Their Development 

(June 3, 2020)
James L. Cairns, Ph.D., Owner, Abyssal Systems; Executive Director, Cairns Foundation, Inc.; Founder, inventor, Ocean Design, Inc.

Applications of Bioluminescence in Marine Technology 

(May 27, 2020)
Edie Widder CEO, President, and Senior Scientist at the Ocean Research and Conservation Association (ORCA)

Industry Role in SeaBed 2030 – Innovative Technology, Platforms, Operations, and a Broad Coalition Will be Needed to Map the Global Seabed by 2030 and Update the Public General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) 

(May 20, 2020)
Dr. Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO; Assistant Director General, UNESCO
Jamie McMichael-Phillips, Project Director, Seabed 2030
Rear Admiral Shepard M. Smith, Director, NOAA Coast Survey

Supporting Students in the Age of COVID-19 

(May 13, 2020)
Marlene Kaplan, Deputy Director of STEM Education, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP)
Kris Ohleth Senior Manager, Stakeholder Engagement, Ørsted US Offshore Wind
Greg Rocheleau, CEO, Makai Ocean Engineering

The Triton 36,000/2: Building the World’s Most Extreme Ocean Exploration Tool 

(March 9, 2020)
Presentation: Patrick Lahey, President and Co-founder of Triton Submarines

Automatic Identification System Presentation 

(June 5, 2019)
Presentations: Jeff Anderson of Harris Corporation