The Marine Technology Society has announced its 2019 award winners. The individual recipients—students, young professionals, and career professionals—have distinguished themselves in their work, through technological accomplishment, volunteer service, or mentorship. Companies and MTS Committees and Sections are also honored.

The awards will be presented on October 29, 2019, at the OCEANS 2019 conference, in Seattle.

iStock 1146887718This year’s recipients include:

  • Compass Distinguished Achievement Award: Presented to an individual whose career includes achievements that have had a significant impact on the fields of marine science and technology. Recipient - David Rivera
  • Compass International Award: Presented to an individual, company, or organization (outside the United States) for outstanding contributions to the advancement of marine science and technology. Recipient - Center for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship
  • Compass Industrial Award: Presented to any industrial firm (excluding government and non-profit organizations) that has demonstrated outstanding contributions to marine science and technology. Recipient - L3 Harris ASV
  • Lockheed Martin Award for Ocean Science and Engineering: Presented to an individual who has demonstrated the highest degree of technical accomplishment in the field of marine science, engineering, or technology. Recipient - Roger Hine
  • Ocean News and Technology Young Professional Award: Presented to an MTS member, 35 years old or younger, who has demonstrated leadership in the Society and works in a professional capacity in management, engineering, or research and development in a marine technology field. Recipient - Joshua Baghdady
  • John P. Craven Mentor Award: Recognizing the long and impactful career of John Piña Craven, the award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding and sustained service to the field of marine technology through mentoring. Recipient - Andrew Clark
  • MTS Outstanding Service Award: Presented to an MTS member or member organization in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in fulfilling the objectives and missions of the Society. Recipient - Donna Kocak
  • MTS Outstanding Section Award: Presented to an MTS Section in recognition of activities conducted in the advancement of the objectives of the Society. Recipient - Monterey Section (California)
  • MTS Outstanding Committee Award: Presented to an MTS Committee in recognition of activities conducted in the advancement of the Society’s objectives. Recipient - Buoy Technology Committee
  • MTS Outstanding Student Section Award: Presented to an established MTS Student Section that demonstrates superior performance in the advancement of the Society’s objectives. Recipient – SRM Institute of Science and Technology- Deemed to be University, India
  • MTS Fellows: Since 1975, the MTS Fellow title has been awarded to MTS members who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the Society’s objectives and who have distinguished themselves in their fields. Recipients - Josh Kohut, John Potter, Ralph Rayner, and Ramasamy Venkatesan
  • Walter Munk Scholar Award: The Walter Munk Scholar Award is jointly awarded by the Walter Munk Foundation for the Oceans and the Marine Technology Society. The Award is presented annually to a scholar currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral program. It recognizes their outstanding contributions in areas fostered by the sponsoring organizations. Recipient - Alfredo Giron (announced previously at the OCEANS 2019 conference in Marseille in June).

“All of these awardees represent the excellence and dedication to the field of marine technology that is so valued by our society. Their imprint on our community will be long-lasting and impactful,” said Rick Spinrad, MTS President.

Learn more about the MTS awards. Nominations for next year’s award will be accepted from January 1 – May 31, 2020. For eligibility and nomination instructions, click here.

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