Industry Talent Shines In Troubled Times

By Ed Freeman, Editor, ON&T

This has certainly been a bizarre and challenging year. But it will no doubt prove transformative.

The pandemic forced us into a new, somewhat sobering reality. Our promotional calendars were torn apart as one conference after another was put on hold. With in-person activities indefinitely sidelined, we embraced a surge of webinars and online gatherings and tried to adapt accordingly. Those in the field incorporated ever more stringent safety protocols and procedures. While it might seem like suspended animation, we, the ocean industries, have actually adjusted with gusto.

As disruptive as things have been, the manner in which our sector has reacted echoes a number of truths about our professional community. The “in this together” mindset is evermore palpable and a clear indication that true collaboration spurs resilience. And it is in the face of this adversity that we see a creative and innovative workforce announcing a steady stream of virtual product launches, contract awards, and breakthrough research are all symptomatic of a creative and active marketplace.

When we meet at OCEANS 2020 next month (virtually, of course), we will have further opportunity to recognize the professional talent our industry nurtures, thanks to MTS’ Awards & Honors Program. Once again, we are delighted to sponsor the ON&T Young Professional Award, which is presented to an MTS member, 35 years old or younger, who has consistently shown leadership in a marine technology field. In 2020, we congratulate Hannah Toerner, whose contribution to ocean science and technology belies her years. Following her time as an active student ambassador for MTS, Hannah’s work has significantly contributed to the development of a composite material derived from recycled plastic and glass fibers, the properties of which make it an eco-friendly and cost-effective resource for coastal infrastructure.

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