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OCEANS'11 MTS/IEEE Conference and Exhibition

Compass Publications Inc. presented awards to Dave Weaver of Oceaneering International (left) and Daniel Esser of CONTROS Systems and Solutions GmbH (middle). Accepting the Compass Distinguished Achievement Award on behalf of Bruce Gilman was MTS President Jerry Boatman (right). The Compass Distinguished Achievement Award includes a Rolex Submariner timepiece.

The Marine Technology Society (MTS) and the Oceanic Engineering Society (OES) of the IEEE co-sponsored the OCEANS'11 MTS/IEEE Kona conference and exhibition, which took place in Kona, Hawaii, from September 19 to 22. The conference theme was 'Oceans of Opportunity: International Cooperation and Partnership Across the Pacific.'

Technical Program
Nearly 500 technical presentations were offered and approximately 1,000 attendees from more than 30 countries gathered. In addition, more than 100 leading ocean technology and engineering companies showcased their wares in the exhibition hall.

The technical program at the conference opened with remarks by Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi, Brian Taylor, dean of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa's School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, and U.S. Pacific Fleet civil engineer RAdm. Kathleen Gregory.

The plenary remarks were delivered by Marcia McNutt, U.S. Geological Survey director; Mike Utsler, BP Gulf Coast Restoration Organization chief operating officer; and Eddie Bernard, former director of the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory. Topics in the technical program included earthquake and tsunami research, the U.S. National Ocean Policy, ocean pollution, renewable energy, ocean observing and other topics. This year's conference also hosted a number of presentations on ropes and tension, which were supported by the MTS Ropes and Tension Professional Committee.

Masanao Shinohara of the University of Tokyo and Yoshiyuki Kaneda of the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, made presentations that were originally scheduled for the International Symposium on Underwater Technology 2011, which was relocated to OCEANS'11 after the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan earlier this year.

Tutorials, Workshops and Student Program
Nine tutorials were available on a variety of technical topics, including imaging technologies, autonomous vehicles, ocean energy and modeling. A business-oriented tutorial was offered for companies seeking work with government customers in the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal agencies.

The program also offered a number of workshops. Bernard and Donna Kocak, an MTS member and an advanced program engineer at Harris CapRock, presented a workshop on local tsunami detection, assessment and warning guidance. Francoise Pearlman, of the IEEE Committee on Earth Observation, led the GEOSS Workshop XLII, and Michael J. Larkin led 'Partnerships Across the Pacific: Ocean Technology Collaborations with Government, Academia and Industry.'

OCEANS'11 offered a program for students, including a poster competition in which more than 20 students displayed their research in ocean technology. In addition, the conference featured a free education symposium of workshops for elementary to high-school teachers.

Conference Awards
At the MTS awards lunch, held each year at the conference, Compass Publications Inc., which is the publisher of Sea Technology, continued its tradition of presenting three awards.

The Compass Distinguished Achievement Award, which includes a Rolex Submariner timepiece, went to Bruce Gilman, a consultant and the director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, in recognition of his five decades of experience in the offshore industry and his emphasis on subsea intervention engineering and operations. The Compass International Award was presented to Contros Systems and Solutions GmbH, for its development of highly sophisticated underwater sensors. The Compass Industrial Award, presented to Oceaneering International Inc., primarily recognized the company's products and services for the deepwater offshore oil and gas industry.

The Lockheed Martin Award for Ocean Sciences and Engineering was presented to Howard Shatto of Shatto Engineering, honoring his extensive technical knowledge, expertise and professional dedication.

The Ocean News & Technology Young Professional Awards recognized Jake Sobin, founder of the Duke University MTS student chapter and program chair of the 2011 MTS TechSurge workshop on ocean pollution, and Evan Zimmerman, who has been awarded three patents for anchor technology.

MTS members Benton F. Baugh, Peter Fougere and Brock Rosenthal were named MTS Fellows, the highest accolade a member can achieve with the society, at the luncheon.

MTS and OES Election Results
At the conclusion of the luncheon, MTS election results were announced. Re-elected as vice president of education and research was Jill Zande, associate director and ROV competition coordinator for the Marine Advanced Technology Education Center.

Justin Manley, a senior director of business development for Teledyne Benthos, was re-elected vice president of government and public affairs. Kocak was elected vice president of publications. Ray Toll, who works for NOAA's National Data Buoy Center on an SAIC contract, was elected vice president of industry and technology.

At the OES gala luncheon, Christopher von Alt was recognized for his significant accomplishments in oceanic engineering with the Distinguished Technical Achievement award, and James T. Barbera was honored for his many contributions to both industry and OES with the Distinguished Service Award.

Don Barrick was named an OES Fellow, honoring his work on the development of high-frequency radar systems as applied to ocean sensing and measurements. Ross Chapman, Ken Foote, Ferial El-Hawary, Bill Kirkwood, Tamaki Ura and Joe Vadus were elected OES Administrative Committee members.

Coming in 2012
The OCEANS'12 MTS/IEEE conference will be held October 14 to 19 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The theme will be 'Harnessing the Power of the Oceans.'

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