March 2023 Beacon

Welcome from Steve Holt as the new VPPA (March 2023)

Steve Holt, VP of Professional Activities,

I am deeply honored to be the newly elected Vice President of Professional Activities (VPPA) for 2023. I was elected to carry the mantle from Brandy Armstrong, who is now the new Executive Vice President.  It will be very difficult to fill Brandy’s shoes since she did so much during her tenure as the VPPA. I have much to learn about the operations associated with this position!

To briefly describe some information about the activities of the office of the VPPA, note that there are three Standing Committees: Membership Development, Student Activities, and Promotion. To talk a little about these committees, I would ask everyone to please first look closely at our OES website to see the activities associated with all our Standing, Ad Hoc, and Operational Committees that may interest you. Its portal is at: At this location, you will see, under the office of the VPPA, the committees for Membership Development, Student Activities, and Promotion, of which I earlier referred to.

The benefits of membership in the OES can be found at: Information on our Student Branch Chapters can be found at: and past Student Competitions can be found at: Information on Social Media coverage can be found at:

Also, Roberto Petroccia is the liaison for the OES Young Professionals (YPs) committee that participates in the various meetings and with several activities with other YP groups (societies, regions, etc.) within the IEEE. He oversees as the liaison the YP-BOOST Program, about which more can be read at:

Please note that our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion AdHoc committee and Women in Engineering (WIE) committee activities have recently been relocated under the role of the Executive Vice President, who is now the newly elected Brandy Armstrong.

Under Promotion, our Beacon newsletter is published four times a year as a benefit to the membership of the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society. Its development is led by Harumi Sugimatsu, who is the Editor in Chief and Bob Wernli who is the Co-Editor in Chief. To read the latest and past issues of the Beacon, please access their portal at:

Our Earthzine journal provides up-to-date information on science, technology, Earth/Ocean observation and information utilization and those participating and contributing to its advancement. Its publication is led by Hari Vishnu as its Editor. To read the latest and past issues of the Earthzine, please access their portal at:

For further information on the IEEE OES Ocean Decade Initiative, please visit their site at:

My sincere hope is to grow and strengthen these committees under my supervision and open a dialog with anyone who wants to be more involved, especially as volunteers, with the operations of the OES.

Please also consider visiting us at our upcoming OCEANS 2023 conferences in Limerick, Ireland at: and the Gulf Coast, Mississippi, USA at: We hope to see you there!

For further information about anything associated with OES activities, especially those associated with my role as the new VPPA, please contact me anytime at: