Christopher Whitt, OES President
Welcome to a new year!
I hope you and your loved ones are staying well. I see a lot of opportunity ahead, and I’m very much looking forward to increased Society energy and activity across the board – with your help!
A huge thank you to the Chennai OCEANS team for all the effort to put on another successful hybrid OCEANS conference. You can look forward to photos and reports in the next Beacon edition.
Of course, plans are still contingent on pandemic conditions, but we hope to see many of you in person in Hampton Roads in October for the next edition of OCEANS, and perhaps also in Houston for the Offshore Technology Conference in May.
The work of governing of the Society is always on-going. Our annual election of AdCom members happens in May and June. It is crucial that we elect hard-working and energetic representatives on AdCom. Please look for the emails sent to your IEEE member email address with voting information in the coming months. While nominations just closed for the 2022 election, please also consider nominating yourself, or a volunteer you know next year!
There are many opportunities to volunteer. Volunteering with your Society allows you to develop professional skills, connect with peers and mentors, and gain more exposure to the newest developments in our fields of engineering, science, and technology. This year we plan several volunteer information sessions, so if you would like to get involved, but don’t know where to start, please join us at the next info session!
Congratulations to our new YP-BOOST and WIE-PROPEL Laureates, announced elsewhere in this issue. We look forward to your contribution to Society leadership over the coming years. There will be additional opportunities for designated volunteers related to the UN Ocean Decade. Look for information to be emailed out soon.
Once again, I’m truly excited to see the possibilities for bringing our communities together, in many ways in 2022!