Assistant Professor Travis Miles is the 2018 Ocean News and Technology/Marine Technology Society Young Professional Award. This award which recognizes an MTS Member, 35 years old or younger, who has demonstrated leadership in MTS and work in a professional capacity in management, engineering or research and development in a marine technology field. Assistant Professor Miles was selected based on his work adapting autonomous underwater gliders for use in hurricane intensity research. The use of these systems has enabled new understanding of how our coastal oceans can intensify or weaken Hurricanes in the critical last hours before landfall. This work has lead to the enhancement of coastal ocean observing networks across the eastern US, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea. In addition to research, Miles has contributed numerous papers and proceedings to the MTS journals, regularly supported student engagement, and developed a new MTS summer course on glider training with colleagues at Rutgers.