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Marine Technology Society enjoying popularity

From left are David Pederson, Scott Elford, Cheryl Slade, Aron Ng and Kevin Strowbridge.

By Naomi Osborne

Nearly 140 naval architecture, marine engineering systems design, ocean instrumentation, ocean mapping and remotely operated vehicle students from Memorial University's Marine Institute banded together to form a student chapter of the Marine Technology Society (MTS) this past September.

A MTS student executive board was elected and second-year joint bachelor/diploma of technology ocean mapping student Stephen Crotty was selected at random to attend the Oceans 12 conference in Virginia Beach, Va. Mr. Crotty had a successful conference where he attended the MTS student leadership meeting and made progress in securing an internship for next summer.

MTS members meet on a weekly basis to plan for events and fundraisers. In October, a presentation was held about NGRAIN, an award-winning provider of interactive 3D simulation software and solutions for maintenance training and support, and several others have been scheduled for November.

It is expected that the chapter will continue to grow as other diploma and joint degree program groups are able to join.

Memorial University's St. John's campus has also submitted a successful petition to create an MTS chapter. Memorial is in the process of organizing their executive and plan to collaborate with the Marine Institute and the local industry sections in co-ordinating events.