Harumi Sugimatsu and Robert Wernli
Welcome to the March 2021 issue of the Beacon. Hopefully you are enjoying this issue in a comfortable chair with a nice beverage, and not on your computer. It seems like our lives now revolve around a computer screen to communicate, hold meetings, and actually see a few friends. Hopefully, this is coming to a close and we will soon be able to hold in-person meetings and enjoy each other’s company afterwards. The Global OCEANS 2021: San Diego – Porto committees, as this issue’s ads and article show, are working hard to provide a virtual event that will have exhibitors and in-person technical programs this September. All technical papers, whether virtual or in-person, will be uploaded so that all registrants can access them in this Global hybrid conference. Keep our fingers crossed.
On a more positive note, a major thrust of the society has been to recruit younger members and get them actively involved in the society’s goals. Our success in this area is evident since several have been elected to the AdCom. And, as our VPPA reports show, there is much activity on the YP and WIE fronts and the Earthzine is becoming very active. An excellent article is also included from our new liaison for the YP BOOST program. And we also have reports from the University of Zagreb Student Branch Chapter, the University of Florence Student Branch Chapter and the results of a poster competition from our Student Branch Chapter at the University of Strathclyde.
Our members have been active around the world as detailed in the reports from Hong Kong, Providence, Malaysia and our newest Chapter in Norway. A detailed report on the Underwater Robot Convention in JAMSTEC in 2020, supported by IEEE/OES Japan Chapter, is included.
The Journal EIC again provides recently released papers that are available to our members and our VP for Technical Activities provides the latest on our technical committee activities and how you can get involved. This includes a report on the OES technology committee on Data Analytics, Integration and Modeling. Also included is a call for Distinguished Lecturer nominees for 2022-2025. And, we’ll soon be holding the election for our 2022-2024 AdCom members and we’re also soliciting nominees for our OES awards.
This issue also has reports from our VP for OCEANS and our VP for Workshops and Symposia that give you the latest on the status of our upcoming events.
We also take pride in our members. For you clam lovers, be sure to see the latest Member Highlights and also “Who’s Who in the OES” that showcases another one of our most active members, our Earthzine editor-in-chief. And we also honor our newest IEEE Fellow.
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.