September 2023 OES Beacon

From the OES BEACON Editors (September 2023)

Harumi Sugimatsu and Robert Wernli

Well, things have certainly been busy in OES. We’ve been having OCEANS of fun: OCEANS 23 Limerick, Ireland, was successfully held in June and the LOC for OCEANS 23 Gulf Coast, U.S., is very busy optimizing what is looking like an excellent conference during late September. And, we start off the new year with the AUV competition in Singapore just before OCEANS 2024 Singapore. Our report by the VP for OCEANS provides how OES will plan our future conferences.

Harumi at her office with colleagues.

With the completion of OCEANS Limerick, reported in this issue, we’re also able to include the results of the Student Poster Competition to include the winning paper and articles written by the top two winners. And, don’t miss the comprehensive report from the University of Zagreb, Croatia, Student Branch Chapter.

Don’t forget the following workshops and symposia as listed in the Conference Calendar and reported by our VP for Workshops and Symposia: BTS 2023, MetroSea 2023, ENAEM 2023 and SYMPOL 2023. Included in this issue is an article by the Executive VP on our technical co-sponsorship of the Ocean Sciences Meeting 2024 (OSM24). Also reported is our involvement in this year’s SusTech conference.

A short article included provides a link to the OCEANS 2019 Seattle plenary video that addresses the history of the development of the Titan submersible, which was lost earlier this year.

OTC is running again following the success of OTC Houston last May. Now, OTC Brazil is scheduled later this year and OTC Asia early next year, which should help future OES budgets.

Our technology committees (TCs) continue to be more active as reported by our VP for Technical Activities. This issue has an excellent report by the Autonomous Maritime Systems (AMS) TC that addresses all the competitions, workshops and symposia that are on their active schedule. The chairs for the OES Standards Committee on Standards also present their latest.

Taking time off from the Beacon to cruise Glacier Bay, Alaska

Our chapters have been busy as the reports show. This issue contains the latest on the activities of the Hong Kong and Malasia chapters. Also reported in this issue is how OES is involved in supporting the Ocean Decade Initiative.

The Journal EIC again provides a list of recently released papers that are available to our members. You will also see in the report from the OES president the latest on his view of the direction of the society. With the arrival of 2024 on the horizon, we welcome our new AdCom members, for 2024-2026.

Have you done something exciting lately? Received an award or professional recognition? Be sure to contact your editors about submitting an article. And don’t miss the Who’s Who in OES article on one of our outstanding members in each issue. This issue also sports a Blast from the Past that highlights our long-standing OES photographer, who wraps things up with an outstanding report on The Ocean Race, a high performance, hydrofoil-based, sailboat race around the world.

There is a wealth of other information and articles in this issue that we hope you enjoy. And, as always, we’ll close by inviting you to participate in your society. Submit articles and material for the Beacon. Or . . . volunteer for other society activities as a participant or an elected officer. It’s your society and it is here to help you reach your professional goals. Enjoy.