Sea Technology

DEC 2017

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Page 15 of 52 December 2017 / st 15 of accomplishments have significantly impacted the field of marine science and technology, was presented posthu- mously to Margaret Davidson. Among Davidson's many achievements was her role as founding director of NOAA's Coastal Services Center. The Compass International Award, open to an individual or organization outside the United States, was presented to the Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation in La Spezia, Italy. The Compass Indus- trial Award, given to an industrial firm that has demonstrated outstanding contributions to marine science and technol- ogy, was awarded to GRI Simulations Inc. In addition to the MTS Compass Awards, the Lockheed Martin Ocean Science and Engineering Award was given to Dr. R. Venkatesan of the National Institute for Ocean Tech- nology in India. MTS also named three new fellows, Capt. (U.S. Navy, retired) Zdenka Willis and Drs. Steven Cargill and Scott Glenn. Jerry Boatman won the MTS Outstanding Service Award. MTS Awards were also presented to the India Sec- tion for Outstanding Section, the Marine Renewable Energy Committee for Outstanding Committee, and the University of Southern Mississippi for Outstanding Student Section. Student Poster Competition As at past OCEANS conferences, MTS and OES, with support from the U.S. Office of Naval Research, held the Student Poster Competition. This year's winners were Kai- tlyn Morgan from Clemson University, Arnold Kalmback from McGill University, and Zhuoyuan Song from the Uni- versity of Florida. The first prize went to Morgan for her poster "Higher Order Bessell Beams Integrated in Time for Free Space Underwater Sensing and Communication." Sec- ond place was awarded to Kalmback for "Learning Seasonal Phytoplankton Communities with Topic Models," and third place was given to Song for "Cooperative Mid-Depth Navi- gation Aided by Ocean Current Prediction." Next OCEANS OCEANS'18 will take place in Kobe, Japan, from May 28 to 31, 2018, and then again in Charleston, South Carolina, from October 22 to 25. Details for the 2018 conferences are in the planning stages, and interested parties can look for updates from MTS and IEEE/OES regarding submissions and registration. ST Rick Martin (right) and MTS Presi- dent Donna Kocak (left) present the Compass Industrial Award to Shelly Petten (middle), who ac- cepted the award on behalf of GRI Simulations Inc.

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