Brandy Armstrong, VP of Professional Activities, email@example.com, Photographs taken by Jhon Bermudez and Yessine Karray
2022 is coming to a close and I can hardly believe how much we’ve accomplished. This year saw the addition of several new Student Branch Chapters in locations around the world including Columbia, Tunisia and Chile.
OCEANS 2022 Hampton Roads
The mood at OCEANS this year was enthusiastic. It seems we are getting back into the swing of things following a tough time during the pandemic. The Oceanic Engineering Society sponsored several events at OCEANS 2022 Hampton Roads, which were well received and we hope continue at future OCEANS conferences, budgets permitting.
OES Student Branch Chapter (SBC) representatives from the USA, Scotland, India, Tunisia, Italy, Chile, and Columbia were supported by the Society to attend OCEANS. The student mixer was held before the ice breaker to ensure students were introduced to Society leadership and to encourage students to think about what they hoped to get out of their week at OCEANS. I found the student mixer was a great opportunity to meet the students and for them to meet each other. The SBC representatives helped at the Society booth, chose panels and sessions to cover in Earthzine or Beacon, attended Conference and Society events, and held a Student Branch Chapter meeting to culminate the week. The students shared what their respective Student Branch Chapters have done, what they plan to do, and made plans to work together on virtual events across SBCs.
We have been holding panels to engage and support Young Professionals and Women in Engineering at OCEANS for several years. Normally, it can be difficult to get good attendance at these early morning events. However, at OCEANS Hampton Roads the YP and WIE breakfast events both attracted more attendees than available seats. Attendees were engaged, conversation and networking was excellent, and both events lasted well over their scheduled hour time slot. For more information on the WIE panel, please read the article written by WIE PROPEL laureate, Giulia De Masi, also in this issue of Beacon. WIE PROPEL is accepting applications through January 15th. Please see https://ieeeoes.org/member-communities/women-in-engineering/ for more information on applying for WIE PROPEL.
Potential senior members were invited to visit the Society booth to discuss the process of applying for senior membership. Senior member volunteers helped them to find senior member referees for their applications and answered questions about the benefits of, and how to apply for, senior membership.
The Ocean Decade Initiative was highlighted with a booth within the Society pavilion. Also, a special panel on Engineering and Scientific Challenged of Ocean-based Carbon Dioxide Removal and a booth in the exhibition. Expect to see more Ocean Decade activities, panels and workshops at the next OCEANS. For more information please visit https://ieeeoes.org/oceandecade/ .
In addition to the awards ceremony held Tuesday morning (video on YouTube), a members only reception with dinner was held Tuesday evening following the exhibitors reception. Members and leaders of the Society intermingled sharing ideas, building trust and comradery, and discussing opportunities to become more engaged within the Society. As a result, several members visited the Society booth later in the week to volunteer for positions within standing and technical committees.
We all were sad that our long time photographer Stan Chamberlain was unable to attend in person this year. However, I want to give a special shout out to Jhon Bermudez and Yessine Karray, student branch chapter representatives from Columbia and Tunisia respectively, who did an amazing job taking pictures during OCEANS.
For those of you unable to attend, you can find recordings of the awards ceremony, plenaries, Future OCEANS presentations and more on the IEEE OES YouTube Channel .
What to Expect in 2023
It has been another successful year. I am thrilled to have accomplished so much during my term as VP of Professional Activities. Make sure to pay attention to our media outlets (Beacon, Earthzine, social media) for announcements about Ocean Decade, YP BOOST and WIE PROPEL opportunities. There is also a new initiative in the works for next year to mentor students and young professionals at OES sponsored conferences, assisting them to meet with potential employers to discuss opportunities such as jobs, internships and equipment grants. Of course, we are planning more activities at OCEANS 2023 Limerick and Gulf Coast, and we hope to see you there!
Finally, as the newly elected Executive Vice President for 2023-2024, I would like to welcome long-time volunteer Stephen Holt as the newly elected VP of Professional Activities for 2023. Please continue to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas and any inquiries about volunteering.