Shyam Madhusudhana, VP for Technical Activities
Well, it’s been a pleasant part of the year with some ‘smooth sailing’ in the realm of technical activities. Technology Committees (TC) and the various Chapters have remained active and mostly in auto-pilot mode, requiring little to no assistance from me.
The Technology Committees (TCs) form the backbone of our Society, influencing various facets within OES. These committees were created with the primary aim of catering to our members in important and emerging thematic domains. As hinted in the previous edition of this newsletter, we continue to work towards an “overhaul” of the current slate of 10 TCs, with the aim to broaden their scopes and to improve their relevance among changing and emerging areas of oceanic engineering.
Contrasting to pre-pandemic years, the turnout of TC executives at OCEANS conferences continues to remain low. Seems that way for the upcoming Gulf Coast OCEANS too. Hence, the TC Coordinator Atmanand and I are looking at having our second TC executives’ meeting of the year also be a virtual one; to be held in early October.
Congratulations to Maurizio Migliaccio for being appointed as the next Chapters Coordinator. He will be taking the baton from Gerardo Accosta whose second term ends this year. Many thanks to Gerardo for his contributions over the years. Maurizio will serve as the Chapters Coordinator for the term 2024–26. I anticipate the transition to be smooth, given that we have a good few months for effective knowledge-transfer. I am grateful to Amy Deeb for her continued contributions on the Chapters front, and I look forward to working with Amy and Maurizio in the coming years.
The call for nominations to the 2024–26 class of Distinguished Lecturers (DLs) ended on 31 July. I am quite pleased by the responses to the call – we have received ten excellent nominations. The committee will oversee the selection of the next DLs and I hope to make the announcements soon.
Moments from our early years in a volunteering capacity in OES (2018, Kobe; left; can you see the “YP”?) and a shared cab ride in Limerick (2023; right) during the Limerick OCEANS.
Finally, I wish to take this opportunity to appreciate the many lighter moments I have shared over the years with my classmate from the 2018 class of the YP-BOOST program. Fausto Ferreira (see photo), who currently serves as the VP for Workshops & Symposia, recently announced that he will be stepping away from OES leadership roles at the end of the year. Congratulations on the baby, Fausto. It’s been a fun ride alongside you for the past 6 years, and I sincerely hope that this ain’t the last of you, my friend.