Rutgers Distinguishes Itself with the Marine Technology Society


The Marine Technology Society promotes awareness, understanding, and the advancement and application of marine technology. Incorporated in 1963, the international society brings together businesses, institutions, professionals, academics, and students who are ocean engineers, technologists, policy makers, and educators. It is a leading authority and advocate for marine technology and resources while promoting public understanding of the ocean. Each year it recognizes outstanding individuals through their annual awards. Rutgers was well-represented in this year’s awards.


Congratulations to Josh Kohut (Professor), who was named a Fellow of the Marine Technology Society.  He was recognized for fundamental contributions in the development of novel technologies that are allowing us to sample marine systems.  Josh has been at the forefront of the deployment and operation of a range of technologies that are helping science, health & human safety at sea, as well supporting sustainable fishery management.

Congratulations to Sarah Murphy (graduate student) who is a 2019 recipient of an MTS Student Scholarship for Graduate Students. Her research is focused on the interaction of coastal ocean and atmospheric processes and their influence on offshore wind power production. She is utilizing the new geostationary satellite GOES-R and the weather research and forecasting (WRF) model, to understand the impact of rapidly evolving SST fields on wind speeds at wind turbine hub height.


Congratulations to Jessica Valenti (graduate student) who is a 2019 recipient of a MTS Student Scholarship for Graduate Students. Her research involves assessing impacts of urbanization (anthropogenic land development) on estuarine fishes and relies heavily on marine technology for success. The technologies she uses to complete the fieldwork portion (fish collection) of her research span the gamut from the boat motor and GPS that make it possible to navigate shallow, estuarine waters to be sampled with the Yellow Springs Instrument (YSI).


Congratulations to Julia Engdahl (Operational Oceanography Masters student) who was awarded the Paros-Digiquartz Scholarship towards her studies.