Past Events – 2017

December 13, 2017 – MTS-San Diego Holiday Dinner @ Bali Hai Restaurant, San Diego

Individual and Corporate members joined for the evening to recognize the participant students in this year’s High School Internship program. The Internship Program also recognized Teledyne RDI, Sidus Solutions and Sontek for their 15th year sponsorship in the program. The evening included a raffle with lots of fantastic prizes; all proceedings will help to fund internship positions for high school students in 2018.

November 16, 2017 – MTS San Diego Monthly Meeting @ Old Scripps Building, La Jolla

Speaker: Josh Wells, CEO, Planck Aerosystems. Topic: Josh presented a talk on the technical shortcomings of commercially-available drone products in the maritime environment, and an overview of the work Planck has done to overcome those challenges in our products. Planck Aero is a drone intelligence company, based in San Diego, enabling  drones to operate from moving vehicles detecting, identifying and tracking automatically objects on land and water. More info at

October 26, 2017 – MTS San Diego Monthly Meeting

 Speaker:   KC Jack Nave, Mechanical Team Captain of the SDSU Robotics Club, MECHATRONICS, Mechanical Engineering Department.

Topic: KC ‘Jack’ Nave (Mechanical Team Captain) presented along with a few of his teammates brought in the Team’s new AUV known as the “Perseverance” for inspection.

September 28, 2017 – MTS San Diego Monthly Meeting

Speakers: Brian Alvara (President) and  Victor Ciccarelli (CEO) of 3R’s Robotics   ( )

Topic: Present and demonstrate “real-time” virtual reality. 360degree 3D Virtual Reality Camera Systems is an area in which Brian and Victor have collaborated to provide services to SeaWorld and Google. They possess the materials, design capabilities, engineering know-how, and fabrication skills to produce specialized camera rigs holding up to 32 cameras, with capability to transfer data at rates of 2GB/second and display virtual reality-like experiences. These cameras are being used for underwater exploration and to enhance marine educational programs.

August 24, 2017 – MTS-San Diego Monthly Meeting Series

Speaker: Gwen Nero, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Director of Corporate Affiliates, Business Development, Industry Outreach, and Innovation. Topic: New SIO Public Outreach Programs and vision for industry collaboration.

July 15, 2017 – MTS-San Diego Annual Golf Scramble – Liberty Station
June 22, 2017 – MTS-San Diego Corporate Appreciation Dinner
May 25, 2017– MTS-San Diego Monthly Meeting Series

Speaker: Mark Fleming, Business Development Manager – Government & Military Sales, VideoRay LLC. Topic: The new VideoRay Mission Specialist Series (MSS) ROV which utilizes a system of interchangeable, modular components, communicating through a single intelligent network

April 17, 2017 – MTS-San Diego Monthly Meeting Series

Speaker: James Walton, sales manager of AML Oceanographic (formerly Applied Microsystems Limited) Topic: CTD deployments in Canada and Kuwait.  Talked about UV based anti-fouling techniques.

March 16, 2017 – MTS-San Diego Monthly Meeting Series

Speaker: Kevin Hardy, Founder, Global Ocean Design, San Diego, CA. Topic: Chinese Exploration of Ocean Trenches

January 28, 2017 – Review of Students Applications 2017

The volunteer screening committee reviewed applications for the  MTS-SD  2017 Summer Internship Program. MTS Members gathered at Sidus Solutions office to read and evaluate applications. Big thank you to Larry Hagstrom for hosting and to all the volunteers that participated.

Jan 19, 2017 – MTS-San Diego Monthly Meeting Series

Speaker: Jeremy Crutchfield, Senior Engineer, from the San Diego County Water Authority. Topic: News and updates from the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant, which on December 14, 2016 marked the first anniversary of the nation’s largest seawater desalination project!

December 8, 2016 – Holiday Dinner @ Bali Hai Restaurant

Opportunity runs deep….