Harumi Sugimatsu and Robert Wernli
Welcome to the December 2021 issue of the Beacon. And welcome once again to a face-to-face OCEANS meeting in San Diego in addition to Porto’s virtual portion of the 2021 hybrid conference. As you can see in the San Diego and Porto reports on the OCEANS 2021 conference, and the smiling faces in the “Blast” photos, everyone was happy to not be meeting via a computer screen. The conference also held the Student Poster Competition, both in person and virtually, and the results are included in this issue in addition to the winning paper.
Our issue begins with reports from our President and VPs for Professional Activities (VPPA), Technical Activities (VPTA) and Workshops and Symposia (VPWS). Overall, they show us that the future is definitely getting brighter regarding our events, chapter activities and our goals to encourage and increase the involvement of our young professionals and women in engineering. The VPTA report, in addition to the latest on the technical committees and chapters, which includes our new committee chairs and co-chairs, also provides details on the 5 recently approved Distinguished Speakers.
The Journal EIC again provides recently released papers that are available to our members. And we’ll be adding more papers to that list in the future as we hold our OCEANS 2022 Chennai and OCEANS 2022 Hampton Roads conferences, which are discussed in their related articles. This issue also includes an article on the support at the OCEANS conferences for the UN’s Decade of Ocean Science.
Our Chapters continue to be active. This activity is highlighted in the reports from our Japan and Singapore chapters. Articles also address the Japan chapter winning an AUV competition and a student video competition held by the Delhi chapter. Two other events showcased include the successful UComms21 conference organized in Italy and Croatia’s Breaking the Surface 21 workshop.
Our members are certainly active and being recognized. Enjoy our Member Highlights, Who’s Who in the OES and the articles on our annual OES award winners who received their awards virtually at the OCEANS 2021 San Diego plenary. In addition, a report addresses the Alvin submersible that was recently given the prestigious Alvin Milestone Award.
Our last issue provided the list of those elected to the 2022-2024 OES AdCom. Congratulations to those who were elected, or reelected, to the AdCom. If you’re interested in getting involved in the society, and maybe becoming a future AdCom candidate, see the invitation in this issue for our upcoming 2023-2025 AdCom election. Also, our members can get good exposure by providing Member Activities for future issues of the Beacon. Maybe you’ll get highlighted like our latest Who’s Who in the IEEE OES.
There is a wealth of other information and articles in this issue that we hope you enjoy. And, as always, we’ll close by inviting you to participate in your society. Submit articles and material for the Beacon. Or . . . volunteer for other society activities as a participant or an elected officer. It’s your society and it is here to help you reach your professional goals. Enjoy.