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President’s New Year’s Message to the OES Membership

Dear IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society Member,

On behalf of the entire leadership of the Society, welcome to a New Year!

As we embark on a new year, there are many exciting events ahead. Of course, there are the flagship OCEANS Conferences in Limerick and Gulf Coast, as well as several workshops and symposia around the world. But also look for technical events at our many local chapters and student branch chapters around the world. The past two years have seen quite a few new chapters formed and we plan to support local technical activities strongly in 2023.

Thank you to the volunteers who made everything possible in 2022. As we are beginning to put the pandemic behind us, we saw increased in-person attendance at events such as OCEANS Chennai and OCEANS Hampton Roads. And of course, the IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering (JOE) has remained strong throughout.

While the pandemic certainly stressed the operation of the Society at the leadership level, we weathered that storm and have kept the Society strong, both financially and in terms of volunteer energy. As we look forward to increased activity in 2023, please think about getting involved as a volunteer. If you have ideas for activities that OES could support to bring together our members and communities, please contact me.

It has been a privilege to serve as your President for 2021-22, and I thank my colleagues on our Administrative Committee for re-electing me to serve for another term. I’m tremendously excited about the potential ahead for the Society, and for oceanic engineering to serve the needs of every facet of society at large.

We hope you had the opportunity to rest and spend time with loved ones at the end of 2022, and we look forward to coming together as an OES community in the new year!


Christopher Whitt
IEEE OES President 2023-24