December 2021 Beacon

Distinguished Lecturer Roster (2022-2025)

Venugopalan Pallayil, Vice President for Technical Activities

Each year Oceanic Engineering Society appoints Distinguished Lecturers (DLs) who serve a four-year term in their positions.  DL nominations are to be endorsed by one of the Technology Committees and reviewed by the DL committee who recommends their appointment to AdCom. The AdCom held on 26th Oct 2021 has appointed the following DLs to serve a four-year term starting from 01 Jan 2022. The full CVs of all the DLs will be posted on the related OES website.


Milica Stojanovic (Milica): Milica Stojanovic has been serving as a DL since Jan 2018 and will continue to serve another term. She is an IEEE Fellow and a Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Northeastern University. She also serves as a Guest Investigator at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Milica has presented many exciting talks in the areas of underwater communications and positioning with as many as three virtual talks delivered this year alone to a largely international audience. Milica Stojanovic is endorsed by the Underwater Communication, Navigation & Positioning (UNCP) Technology Committee, of which she is also the Chair. A list of topics she has expertise in  is available at


Nicholas P Chotiros (Nick): Nick is a Visiting Fellow at the UK National Oceanographic Center, Southampton His nomination was endorsed by the Underwater Acoustics Technology Committee. He had worked as a Research Associate and Lecturer at University of Birmingham and has been working as a Research Scientist at the Applied Research Laboratory, University of Texas, Austin. He has also served as a Program Officer at the Office of Naval Research Global. He is a senior member of IEEE (OES) and a Fellow of Acoustical Society of America (ASA). Nick has also been serving as Assoc. Editor for IEEE JoE and JASA. He is widely acknowledged for his expertise are seabed acoustics, parametric array modeling, sonar beamformer, underwater signal processing.


Mandar Chitre (Mandar): is an Assoc. Professor at National University of Singapore. He is a Senior Member of IEEE (OES) and Editor in Chief of the Journal of Oceanic Engineering (JoE). Mandar has expertise and experience in many areas of underwater acoustics such as underwater communications, signal processing, especially in non-gaussian environments and marine robotics. He has given talks in many international conferences and forums including UN.  IEEE OES community will be highly benefited from the sharing of his knowledge and perspectives in the areas of his expertise through DLs. His nomination was endorsed by the Underwater Communications, Navigation and Positioning Committee, of which he is also a Co-Chair.


Eliza Michalopoulou (Eliza): Eliza has been with the New Jersey Institute of Technology since 1994 and currently a Professor there. She is also the Chair of Department of Math-Science. She is a senior member of IEEE (OES) and a Fellow of ASA. She also has been an Assoc. Editor  for Journal of Acoustical Society of America (JASA) and IEEE OES. Her nomination was endorsed by the Underwater Acoustics Committee. Inversion problems, sediment characterisation, multi-path localisation, etc., are some of the areas where Eliza has her expertise and proposes to give her DLs.


Shyam Madhusoodhana (Shyam): Shyam has 16 years of research experience spread across both industry and academia. Data science and machine learning in the field of marine bioacoustics is relatively new and is an emerging area of research. The appointment of Shyam as a DL will help to excite the OES members, especially the student community, and coach them to be proficient in this emerging field of research. Shyam is an IEEE (OES) Senior Member and is a Post-doctoral Research Associate at Cornell Lab of Ornithology, USA. He serves as a reviewer for reputed journals such as Journal of Ocean Engineering, JASA, Applied Acoustics, etc. He has been endorsed by the Data Analytics, Integration and Modeling (DAIMS) Committee. Data Science and Machine Learning as applied to marine bioacoustics, Automation and modeling are some of the areas Shyam has the expertise on and will be offered as part of his DLs.