September 2020 OES Beacon

Professional Activities, Gone Virtual

Brandy Armstrong, VP of Professional Activities     

Remember all those grand plans we had back in the spring? A lot has changed since then… with the world gone viral, IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society has gone virtual. We are working hard to virtualize and there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved this year, remotely.

Women in Engineering and Young Professional Programs at OCEANS

You will see in the Global OCEANS 2020: Singapore – U.S. Gulf Coast program we will be holding our Women in Engineering panel as well as a Young Professionals program virtually. Both programs are included with registration to our first ever, virtual OCEANS conference.

The WIE panel is for Women in Engineering and their supporters. The IEEE Women in Engineering panel will feature women presenting on how their careers have evolved including difficulties overcome, lessons learned, and successes and support received along the way. This ongoing series of panels held at OCEANS encourage support and mentorship of women in engineering and provide an opportunity for women to see other women succeeding in their field and hear their narratives.

The Young Professionals program is geared towards those under 35 or 5 years out of their highest degree. The opening panel will focus on career paths, with discussion and audience questions on how panelists have come to their current position and field. Panelists are from diverse backgrounds and communities (Non-profit, Entrepreneur, Industry, Government).  The second YP program session will focus on soft skills such as communication, strategy, self-management, team work and leadership.

IEEE OES Testimonials campaign

What is your story and why are you a member of OES? Everyone wants to know! Social media coordinator Manu Ignatius has spearheaded a campaign to collect testimonials from IEEE OES members. Several of our dedicated members have submitted their videos already. If you are interested in sharing your experience with IEEE OES members, please contact me at . The first video compilation will debut soon on our membership page!

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Senior Membership Drive

Are you or a colleague an IEEE member who has been in professional practice for at least 10 years and shown significant performance over at least five of those years? You deserve recognition! Are you interested in making a difference by holding higher office within the IEEE OES? Then you must be a senior member. You can self- nominate by following the instructions at . You should contact the Section or Chapter chair for assistance in finding qualified references, but if you need additional assistance please contact me at

See You at Global OCEANS!

I hope to “run into you” at our first ever virtual and GLOBAL OCEANS conference. IEEE OES and MTS are joining forces to develop our virtual booth where you can find digital giveaways, information on the latest opportunities, or schedule a meeting with society leaders, like me.

Until then,
Brandy Armstrong