Harumi Sugimatsu and Robert Wernli
Welcome to the December 2022 issue of the Beacon. We did it!! OCEANS 2022 Hampton Roads was a success. As shown in the articles in this issue, in person attendees were able to “Grip, Grin and Hug Again!” In addition to the excellent in person aspects of the conference, all technical papers were available virtually. And, don’t miss the announcements of next year’s OCEANS in Limerick, Ireland, and the Gulf Coast in the U.S.
The return from fully virtual events continued as reported in this issue. We have reports from several chapters that includes our newest student chapter in Bogotá, Columbia. The University of Zagreb, Croatia, Student Branch Chapter was busy with the Breaking the Surface 2022 conference and other events. The French chapter participated in SeaTech Week 2022 and the Italy chapter in MetroSea 2022 and the Underwater Communications and Networking (UComms 2022) conference. Another popular competition is the Singapore AUV Challenge 2022 (SAUVC 22) that followed the AUV 2022 Symposium, hosted by the Singapore chapter. The Japan chapter, which supported a team to compete in the SAUVC 22 competition, also sponsored the JAMSTEC 2022 Underwater Robot Competition and the 8th Underwater Technology Forum・ZERO.
We also have several year end reports from our ExCom VPs for Technical Activities (VPTA), OCEANS (VPO), Workshops and Symposia (VPWS) and Professional Activities (VPPA), which also highlights OES support of WIE, YPs, etc. The Journal EIC also provides a list of recently released papers that are available to our members. You will also see in the report from the OES president the results of the ExCom elections for open positions that will begin next year. Thanks to all AdCom and ExCom members who work to support the society.
Following every OCEANS conference we provide a report on the Student Poster Competition that includes the abstracts of all accepted posters, highlights the winners and provides a copy of the winning poster’s technical paper. If you’re a student, consider participating in the future; if a graduate, we can always use judges.
Have you done something exciting lately? Received an award or professional recognition? Be sure to contact your editors about submitting an article. You’ll see a good example from one of our very active members in this issue’s 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.