Gerardo “Gerry” Acosta, OES Chapter Coordinator
2020 has gone, with plenty of new experiences for everybody. Different situations in our lives, and our works, yielded different flavors, and surely different lessons for all of us. Nonetheless, the activity within OES chapters all along the planet was maintained in a high standard. A chapter was created, in the last part of last year, in Norway. John Potter is the interim chair of this Norwegian Chapter. Even in this short period of 2021, Russia Section counts with a new joint Chapter with OES included, and the new chair is Igor Shirokov. Indonesia IEEE Section, for its part, has a new joint Chapter (OES + TEMS), with Marina Frederik as the chapter chair. Welcome to all of them!! They all have great plans for the near future. John Potter is describing an excellent view of this in a separate article. The Indonesia chapter is planning to organize exciting activities like webinars on acoustic tomography technology and Safe Ocean, tsunami early warning, a virtual conference, OETCON (IEEE Ocean Engineering and Technology conference) in October in Jakarta, among others. Near there, the Malaysia chapter is planning to organize and support a Technical Workshop on Underwater Technology, the National Seminar on Underwater System Technology, the Malaysia AUV Challenge and the Int. Conference on Underwater System Technology: Theory & Applications – USYS 2021, among other very interesting activities.
We will not be able to provide financial support for chapters during this year, due to the pandemic crisis that decreased our revenues as our new VPTA, Venugopalan Pallayil, explains in an article elsewhere in this Newsletter. As you may know, new volunteers were elected during last December and “Venu”, from Singapore, will lead the Technical Activities for a period of two years. Best luck for him in this new position! We would like to thank also the great labor of our previous VPTA, Mal Heron from Australia.
And finally, please remember to submit L31 report to inform your activities in IEEE OES and a brief article in the BEACON Newsletter. Try to include an outreach element that promotes the Society and its membership in your chapter activities.
Stay upbeat and healthy!