Distinguished Technical Achievement Award

2020 Distinguished Technical Achievement Award

Mandar A. Chitre

Each year, the Distinguished Technical Achievement Award of the Oceanic Engineering Society honors one OES member for an outstanding fundamental or applied technical contribution to oceanic engineering. The award recognizes a single major invention or scientific contribution, or a distinguished series of contributions over a long period of time.

On behalf of the Society it is an honor to present this year’s Distinguished Technical Achievement Award to Mandar A. Chitre for development of robust high-performance algorithms for wireless underwater communication and in-situ sensing networks.

Mandar is recognized for his contributions to underwater communication and networking in non-Gaussian or impulsive noise environments where many traditional modems fail to perform to their specifications.  He demonstrated that propagation delay, which is usually considered a major challenge in underwater networks, is in fact an opportunity to improve network performance. This is particularly relevant for underwater communication and networking in shallow tropical waters, where snapping shrimp cacophony often drowns out communications with autonomous underwater vehicles.

Mandar is a leading innovator of practical systems for underwater acoustic communications. He founded Subnero Pte. Ltd. Singapore, a private limited (Pte Ltd) company that manufactures and distributes worldwide software-defined underwater modems based on the algorithms and protocols that he has developed in his research.

He is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at the National University of Singapore, where he serves as Head of the Acoustic Research Laboratory in the Tropical Marine Science Institute. In addition Mandar currently serves as Editor in Chief of the IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering.

Past Recipients of the Distinguished Technical Achievement Award
2019 William (Bill) Kirkwood
2018 Martin Klein
2017 Peter N. Mikhalevsky
2016 John E. Ehrenberg
2015 Milica Stojanovic
2014 Christian de Moustier
2013 Gwyn Griffiths
2012 Joseph Vadus
2011 Christopher von Alt
2010 Tamaki Ura
2009 Robert T. Bannon
2008 Thomas B. Sanford
2007 Donald E. Barrick
2006 Fred Noel Spiess
2005 Douglas C. Webb
2004 John P. Craven
2003 Georges Bienvenu
2002 James Candy
2001 Werner R. Alpers
2000 Albert J. Williams 3rd
1999 William M. Carey
1998 Burton G. Hurdle
1997 Newell Booth
1996 Frederick H. Fisher
1995 Mack O’Brien
1994 Edmund J. Sullivan
1993 William J. Plant
1992 Arthur B. Baggeroer
1991 Henry Cox
1990 Robert C. Spindel
1989 Victor C. Anderson
1988 Chester M. McKinney
1987 James R. McFarlane
1986 Robert J. Urick
1985 William N. Nierenberg
1984 John B. Hersey
1983 Alan Berman
1982 Ira Dyer
1981 No Award
1980 Neil Brown
1979 David W. Hyde
1978 Richard K. Moore
1977 Howard A. Wilcox
1976 Werner Kroebel
1975 Robert A. Frosh