Media Advisory


October 10, 2019

Contact: Brittany White

OCEANS 2019 Seattle Conference and Exhibition Highlights Latest Science and Engineering Advances in Marine Technology and Observation

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – More than 300 research papers and posters will be presented at OCEANS 2019 Seattle, October 27 through 31, 2019, at the Washington State Convention Center. Seattle’s unique history of forward-thinking ocean research and technology, leadership in and focus on the Blue Economy combined with its strong maritime-related corporate, academic, and government communities make it an important locale to host this year’s OCEANS conference co-sponsored by the Marine Technology Society and IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society.

Media are invited to attend plenary and technical sessions as well as tour the exhibit hall to learn more about the latest in marine technology. The technical session schedule and agenda can be found at

Featured Events:

Town Hall Events

Federal Strategic Vision for Ocean Observing – Looking Ahead to the Next 18 Months

Speakers include: Craig McLean, Acting Chief Scientist, NOAA; Rodney Cluck, PhD, Chief, Division of Environmental Sciences, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management; CAPT A.J. Reiss, Division Director Ocean Sensing and Systems Applications Division, Office of Naval Research; Mr. Alejandro Moreno, Director of the Office of Water Power Technologies;  Carl Gouldman, Director, U.S. IOOS Program Office; Laura J. Rogers, Associate, Earth Science Technology Office, NASA Langley Research Center; and Terrence Quinn, PhD, Director, Ocean Sciences Division, National Science Foundation

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm (4F)
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm (Facilitated Exhibit Floor Tour)

Marine Debris Town Hall – The Global Challenge of Marine Debris

Speakers include Emily Smail, Ph.D., NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction and Executive Director GEO Blue Planet Secretariat; Hans-Peter Plag, Ph.D., Mitigation and Adaptation Research Institute at Old Dominion University; René Garello, Ph.D., IMT Atlantique / IEEE OES.

Tuesday, October 29
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm (4F)


Plenary Sessions

Innovating Manned Submersibles
Speaker: Stockton Rush, CEO, OceanGate, Inc. (Everett, Washington)

Monday, October 28
8:30 am – 9:30 am (4F)

Offshore Aquaculture Needs YOU!

Speaker: Lisa Vollbrecht, Research Manager, Kampachi Farms, LLC (Kailua Kona, Hawaii)

Tuesday, October 29
8:30 am – 9:10 am (4F)

The Role of Marine Technology in Mitigating Subduction Zone Hazards
Panelists: William Wilcock, Ph.D., David Schmidt, Ph.D., Harold Tobin, Ph.D., and Dana Manalang; University of Washington (Seattle, Washington)

Wednesday, October 30
8:30 am – 9:30 am (4F)


WHO: Presenters from academia, government agencies, industry manufacturers, and research institutions from around the world.

WHAT: Annual fall meeting of the Marine Technology Society and the IEEE/Oceanic Engineering Society.

WHEN: October 27 – 31, 2019

WHERE: Washington State Convention Center, 705 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101

If you are interested in covering the event, please RSVP to, or contact Brittany White at, or call 972-349-7830. Media must present their credentials to pick up press passes at the Registration Desk, located at the Hyatt Regency Seattle (5th Floor) on Sunday or the Washington State Convention Center (Skybridge, 4th Floor) on Monday – Thursday.


The IEEE/Oceanic Engineering Society (OES) promotes the objectives of the society around the world through networking, conferences and publications with a focus on the future through extensive support of their student and young professional members. The Society strives for the advancement of the theory and practice of electrotechnology, allied branches of engineering, and related arts and sciences, applied to all bodies of water – and the maintenance of high professional and ethical standards among its members and affiliates. OES’s field of interest includes all aspects of science, engineering, and technology that address research, development, and operations pertaining to all bodies of water. This includes the creation of new capabilities and technologies from concept design through prototypes, testing, and operational systems to sense, explore, understand, develop, use, and responsibly manage natural resources.Visit for more information.


About the Marine Technology Society
Founded in 1963, the Marine Technology Society is an international, not-for-profit, community of ocean engineers, technologists, policymakers and educators. The Society raises awareness about marine technologies, promotes scientific advancements in the field, and supports the professional development of practitioners through education and research sharing at international conferences and workshops, in technical committees and local Sections, and through its publications such as the peer-reviewed Marine Technology Society Journal. Visit for more information.