Sea Technology

MAR 2017

The industry's recognized authority for design, engineering and application of equipment and services in the global ocean community

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26 st / March 2017 as a result of our new strategic objectives. Our members represent a wealth of experience and skills. MTS, as their professional organization, will continue to devise new and better ways of connecting and supporting them and help- ing to tell their stories. MTS manages a lot of events. How do you make them bet- ter for your members? First, and most importantly, we are in the process of casting a wider net, reaching adjacent and currently un- derserved maritime industries in addition to our core en- ergy and scienti•c sectors, and partnering with other orga- nizations when this makes sense. Technology is relevant to all maritime sectors, and we need to work hard to ensure that distinguished keynote speakers, panelists and exhibi- tors are participating in our events. This includes represen- tatives from government, industry and academia. Next, we need to improve our events through the implementation of new techniques and technology like social media plat- forms, mobile apps, online communities for discussions, and live-streaming events for individuals who cannot at- tend. This is becoming increasingly critical in the face of time and cost restrictions on travel. We need to look at breaking down barriers to allow for cross-sector discus- sions on all levels. Finally, we'll be taking a more strategic approach with each of our events—connecting them to- gether such that each builds upon the next to disseminate the most up-to-date information to our members. What do you think MTS will look like in ve years? MTS will continue to be the go-to organization for the marine technology community, but will expand our reach through improved and more focused workshops and con- ferences, while enhancing our delivery and dissemination of critical and actionable information. MTS will continue to be recognized as the convening authority for govern- ment, industry, academia, entrepreneurs and other stake- holders who share an investment in the world's ocean. We will have added to our ranks additional collaborators, in- novative companies, organizations and up the participa- tion of additional government agencies. We will be pro- viding the forum in which all of these stakeholders will together be driving change in the marine technology sec- tor, both nationally and internationally. This will take hard work to achieve, but I believe if we all get on board and pull on this line together we are going to have an amaz- ingly bright future. ST time and Arctic domain awareness. Lack of infrastructure, sea ice, rough seas and harsh, dynamic weather conditions all present challenges in the far North, especially as we see increased activity of cruise ships, commercial shipping and small vessels. Additionally, coastal resiliency, ocean ob- serving and autonomous systems-of-systems remain other critical areas upon which MTS is focused. Can you describe an MTS member and how your organiza- tion supports them? An individual MTS member may be an engineer, tech- nician, scientist, researcher, professor, policy or decision maker or member of the uniformed services. Whether or not they are developing it themselves, in this space, ev- eryone is using or affected by technology. We also have a large and growing rank of MTS student members, as well as MTS institutional members—universities, laboratories and government agencies—and several levels of indus- try memberships—corporate, or Fortune 500, large and small business, et cetera. Among our members are stu- dents, young and midlevel professionals, senior industry and government leaders, as well as many recently retired yet still active professionals and executives who are look- ing to give back to a community in which they enjoyed a rich career. Our members work in the maritime industry as government contractors, are members of the military—or they might just have an interest in marine technology as a hobby. MTS members are as diverse as this incredible community. Perhaps the most important way MTS supports our members is by connecting them all together. As stated in our bylaws, the MTS mission is to promote awareness, understanding, advancement and application of marine technology. We do this by building communities within our sector; providing face-to-face forums for profession- als and practitioners to meet, share their discoveries and developments, and discuss them among their peers; devel- oping industry guidelines and best practices, such as our Dynamic Positioning Committee's TechOps being adopted by the U.S. Coast Guard, and sharing lessons learned; educating and mentoring our future generation; publish- ing high-quality, peer-reviewed papers on cutting-edge technologies in the MTS Journal; and we are currently de- veloping the means to facilitate members to interact with one another online through video conferences, webinars and zoom rooms. We are launching several new member bene•ts for student, professional and corporate members

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