Sea Technology

DEC 2017

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14 st / December 2017 OCEANS'17 MTS/IEEE Anchorage show off Alaska's beauty," said Jana Lage, co-chair for OCEANS Anchorage. Awards On Wednesday morning, the MTS plenary session and awards presentation began with plenary speeches by Vin- cent DeVito, counselor to the U.S. secretary for energy policy at the Department of the Interior, and Dr. George Di- voky, founder and director of the Friends of Cooper Island. Those talks were followed by the annual State of the Society speech from MTS President Donna Kocak and the presen- tation of the 2017 MTS Awards. As has been the case for more than 50 years, Compass Publications sponsored three of the society's top awards. The Compass Distin- guished Achievement Award, recognizing an individual whose sustained career O CEANS'17 Anchorage, this year's version of the annual conference co-sponsored by Ma- rine Technology Society (MTS) and the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society (OES), was held at the Dena'ina Convention Center in Anchorage, Alaska, from September 18 to 21. The conference brought together in- dustry leaders, engineers, researchers, educators and policy makers for several days of training, discussions and presen- tations on innovative technologies and topics relevant to the advancement of the marine technology field. Over 350 ma- rine technology papers were presented during the con- ference on subjects ranging from subsea engi- neering and operations, optical sensing, imaging and instrumentation, fisheries and aquaculture to exciting cutting- edge technologies such as marine renewable energy devices and unmanned underwater vehicles. "The Anchorage conference was a great example of the col- laboration and learning that can happen when you're able to gather the leaders in marine technology from across indus- try, government and academia," said Bob Seitz, the co-chair for OCEANS'17 Anchorage, which boasted more than 80 exhibitors from as far away as New Zealand. The conference featured a workshop on the importance of conducting research at sea and preserving our federal oceanographic fleet. Attendees of that workshop witnessed a live streaming event with the NOAA Okeanos Explorer from the waters near Ha- waii. There were also workshops on climate change, marine public/private partnerships and mapping the seafloor. Key educational elements of the conference included Monday tutorials on navigation sonar, digital underwater communication and quantum sensors in the marine envi- ronment. "It truly was a global event, and we were so proud to ST Conference Review (Left) Jeff Payne (left), the director of NOAA's Office of Coast- al Management, accepts the Compass Distinguished Achieve- ment Award from Compass Publications Vice President Rick Martin (right) on behalf of Margaret Davidson, who passed away earlier this year. (Right) Dr. John Potter (left) of NATO SRO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation re- ceives the Compass International Award from Compass Pub- lications Vice President Rick Martin (right) and MTS Board President Donna Kocak (middle).

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