This month we had the pleasure of showcasing GCOOS during the MSET Technology Showcase and Crawfish boil held in conjunction with the Naval Oceanography Unmanned Systems Operational Demonstration on June 1. The technology showcase, held at the Air National Guard’s Combat Readiness Training Center in Gulfport, included exhibitors from academia, government and unmanned vehicle vendors. It was a great way to showcase the benefits that GCOOS provides for data collection and distribution in the Gulf and increase awareness about our organization. A special thanks to Stephan Howden, GCOOS Board Member/University of Southern Mississippi and Bill Lingsch, GCOOS Board Chairman/Vencore Services and Solutions, Inc. for their help with our booth set up and introductions. New GCOOS Board Member Kirsten Larsen, Lead Oceanographer for NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information in Mississippi also attended. Speakers at the event included Monty Graham, GCOOS Member and Director of the University of Southern Mississippi’s new School of Ocean Science and Technology, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and Sen. Roger Wicker, (R-Miss.). Congratulations also go out to Monty and USM, which awarded its first 15 certifications to students in Tier 1 of USM’s new Unmanned Maritime Systems program during the event.

 

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant

Senator Roger Wicker

Senator Roger Wicker