September 2021 OES Beacon

From the President (September 2021)

Christopher Whitt, OES President

We are on the cusp of our return to in-person meetings with the hybrid OCEANS 2021 San Diego-Porto just around the corner. A huge thanks to the San Diego and Porto organizing committees for working so hard to prepare a successful event and keep fulfilling our mission of connecting people to advance technology in the ocean. Whether you join us in person or online, we eagerly anticipate making new friends and meeting old friends again!

Following quickly on OCEANS 2021 San Diego-Porto, the abstract submission for OCEANS 2022 Chennai has just closed as the team in India prepares for the next OCEANS, which will also be available in a hybrid format in February of 2022.

Another important event in the OES calendar is the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC). The first hybrid edition of OTC was recently held in Houston, USA, and online. While the pandemic has reduced the size of the exhibition, the technical program was still as strong as ever with hundreds of presentations in many different special sessions. Many aspects of the program focused on the coming energy transformation, which added renewable energy topics to complement the conventional offshore energy industries. This future vision highlights opportunities in the offshore energy sector and aligns well with the many opportunities we see in oceanic engineering and science across all sectors. Next year OTC plans to return to the traditional schedule, with OTC Asia planned for Kuala Lumpur in March, and OTC Houston in May.

Throughout 2021, the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (the Ocean Decade) has been gathering momentum in many science and policy communities. OES is participating in several ways. We will have events at OCEANS conferences for you to learn more about the Ocean Decade. There will be recognition for both research and industrial innovation that contributes to the goals of the Ocean Decade. We will also be working with other associations and science events to help them appreciate the potential that oceanic engineering has for enabling the science we need for the ocean we want. More connections between the science and engineering communities will help us all find new opportunities to advance ocean engineering for the better understanding, management, and use of the ocean. The OES Ocean Decade activities will need volunteer help. For more information on the Ocean Decade, and how to get involved, see the article elsewhere in this issue.

In addition to these major events, our local chapters have held many great technical talks and other events this year, which are documented in each issue of the Beacon newsletter. Thank you to all the volunteers that make so many OES activities happen! There are many ways for you to get involved. If you would like to know more about ways to expand your OES network and maximize your membership, please contact me at