OES Beacon Students & Young Professionals

Meet Our New YP-BOOST Program 2018 Winners!

Frederic Maussang, OES Young Professional Rep., Brandy Armstrong, OES WIE Rep.

Dear OES Young Professional Members
At the beginning of this year, two candidates were chosen for the inaugural year of the new YP-BOOST program. In competition with 21 active IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society members who applied, the candidates were selected based on past participation in IEEE OES activities and on a letter of application showing their motivation and describing how they would like to be involved.

Congratulations to our two selected YPs!

FAUSTO FERREIRA (M’09). He obtained his Master Degree in Electrotechnical and Computer Engineering from Instituti Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, in 2008 and his Ph.D. in Electronic Engi­neering, Information Technology, Robotics and Telecommunication from the University of Genoa,
Italy, in 2015.

Previously he was in the SPC in OCEANS’13 Bergen and organized a double special session at OCEANS (2015) on “Education and Competitions Initiatives in Marine Robotics” and has worked closely with IEEE OES to collaborate on numerous robotics competitions. He is involved with the IEEE OES Autonomous Maritime Vehicle Student Competition International Coordinating Committee under the Technical Committee for Unmanned Marine Vehicles and Submersibles.

In 2014, he joined NATO STO CMRE, La Spezia, Italy, as a scientist working on sonar mosaicking and the organization of marine and multi-domain robotics competitions. His research interests include underwater computer vision, robotics competitions, educational robotics and marine law.


SHYAM KUMAR MADHUSUDHANA (M’08). He obtained his Bachelor degree in Computer Science & Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University, India in 2005. He obtained his Master degree in Computer Science from San Diego State University—California State University in 2010 and his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Curtin University, Australia in 2016.

Previously, he participated (and won) in the Student Poster Competitions at OCEANS Kobe (2008) and Bremen (2009). He was part of the organizing committee for OCEANS’13 San Diego. At present, he serves as the Coordinator of OES Technology Committees.

Over the past few years, he worked as a Research Associate at the Centre for Marine Science and Technology (CMST), Australia and at the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), India. At present, he is starting a new episode in his career as he joins the Bioacoustics Research Program at Cornell University as a Postdoctoral Research Associate.

As YP-BOOST laureates, they will be fully included in the leadership of the OES for the following two years. They will be particularly active at OCEANS’18 Kobe, as judges for the Student Poster Competition, as social media reporters, and as participants in society meetings, among other activities. They will also both present their papers at the conference.

Do not hesitate to seek them out at OCEANS and introduce yourself. They will be busy but you’ll be sure to find them participating in the IEEE OES YP BYO lunch meeting held during each OCEANS conference.