1963: San Diegans involved in MTS founding.

1967: San Diego Section established.  A group of leaders in government, industry and education met in San Diego in early 1967 with the intent of forming a local section of the Marine Technology Society.  A charter was granted this group on March 30th, 1967and the San Diego Section, comprising San Diego and Imperial Counties, was created.

1975: Oceans ’75, first joint conference with IEEE/OES.

1979: Oceans conference with local Section.

1982: STD conference.

1983:  Started ROV Conference, now UI.  The conference ran 1983-1992.

1983:  Started MTS ROV Committee, still functioning today.

1984: STD conference.

1984: Published “Operational Guidelines for ROVs“.

1984-1986: Bob Wernli was Regional V.P. and Kevin Hardy was Currents Editor.

1984-87:  Bi-monthly newsletter, Literal Drift, grows to 16-pages. MTS National newsletter, Currents, appoints the MTS-SD editor to manage that international publication.

1985: Oceans ’85 same year as ROV ’85.

Started MTS conference tutorials program at ROV’85.

1986: ROV ’86 held in Aberdeen, Scotland in conjunction with SUT.

1990: ROV ’90 held in Vancouver, B.C. Canada;

Marine Instrumentation conference in San Diego.

1991: ROV ’91 held in Hollywood, FL.

1991-1994 Jack Jaeger V.P. Technical Affairs (two terms).

1994-1996:  Helped create the in-basin human powered submarine event format, then sanctioned by the Guinness Book of Records.

1994-1997: MTS San Diego ran a series of four workshops on “Marine Environmental Technology.” These were held at Scripps Sumner Auditorium, and we had between 100 and 125 attendees at each of them. They were:
1994 – Sustainable Harbors
1995 – Coastal Zone Monitoring
1996 – Space Based Remote Sensing
1997 – Coastal Aquaculture

1995: Oceans ’95 with first CD-ROM proceedings.

1996: Joint Buoy/Cables/Connectors workshop.

1997-2002: Norm Estabrook national president elect/president/prior.

1998:  25th Anniversary Cables/Connectors workshop.

Helped create the first National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB).

1998-present: Larry Nordell’s HS student internship program.

1999: Technical program chair for Oceans ’99 with first COLOR CD-ROM proceedings;

First Yachtfest technical program and proceedings.

1999-2001: ROV Committee website developed and maintained.

MTS national website developed and maintained.

2000: HMCS Yukon sinking technical program and proceedings.

2001: Helped create the first MATE ROV regional invitational, now international.

2003: Helped organize the Scripps Centennial, including Oceans 2003.

2003: Oceans 2003, breaking all records, plus first DVD proceedings with video.

2008: Kevin Hardy V.P. Section Affairs.

Cables/Connectors workshop.

2009: SEALAB III 40th Celebration – Maritime Demo Day.

2010: Trieste 50th Anniversary Celebration

First hardcover MTS Journal “Into the Trench”, edited by Kevin Hardy and Brock Rosenthal

Jerry Wilson, V.P. Industry and Technology.

2013: Oceans 2013.

Contributed to MTS 50th Anniversary publication.

2014: TechSurge, Workshop Cables and Connectors.

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