Shyam Madhusudhana, Coordinator of Technology Committees
OES Technology Committee (TC) Chairs and co-Chairs had their first biannual meeting for the year on 30 March. The meeting was well attended — we had in presence 8 Chairs, 3 co-Chairs, the VPTA Venu, myself and OES President Chris. Each TC representative was asked to present a 1-slide overview of their planned activities for the year ahead. The presentations led to some very invigorating discussions. One of the highlights was the acknowledgment that the TC memberships were looking pretty solid, offering great promise for planning future activities.
The Chair of the Subsea Optics & Vision TC plans to step down and is looking for a replacement. The Chair of the Underwater Communication, Navigation and Positioning (UCNP) TC proposed setting up a scheme to award recognition to a “best paper” from the Journal of Oceanic Engineering collection. Chairs of the Polar Oceans TC, the Underwater Acoustics TC, the Underwater Cables & Connectors TC, the Ocean Remote Sensing TC, the Data Analytics Integration and Modeling TC, and the UNCP TC all have plans to conduct member-engaging activities in the form of webinars, workshops or special sessions at upcoming conferences. The Chair of the Underwater Acoustics TC will be convening a technical session on the theme Calibration of acoustic systems and metrology at the upcoming OCEANS 2022 Hampton Roads conference (for details, please see an article by Kenneth Foote in the current issue). Finally, the President, Chris, exhorted more engagement by the TCs towards OES Ocean Decade activities. We look forward to being engaged with the Society’s members via our planned activities.