Marine Technology Society Elects Three to Board

Jerry Boatman has been elected president-elect of the Marine Technology Society (MTS). Boatman is director of ocean science and technology for Planning Systems, Inc., and is based at Stennis Space Center, Miss. For the past five years Boatman has served on the MTS Board of Directors, first as vice president of finance, then as treasurer and vice president of budget and finance. The two-year president-elect position starts January 1, 2009, and will culminate in Boatman assuming the international society’s presidency in 2011.

Kevin Hardy has been elected to the position of vice president of section affairs, which focuses on the society’s professional and college sections. Hardy is vice-president of DeepSea Power and Light in San Diego, Calif., and was with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography there for 34 years. He was named Engineer-of-the-Year for 2007 by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers-San Diego. He has held numerous other positions within MTS since he joined in 1975, including chair of the San Diego Section.

Debra Kill of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, won the position of treasurer and vice president of budget and finance. Kill is a certified management accountant with over 30 years of financial management experience in consulting engineering services, and in shipping terminal and chemicals manufacturing industries. Hardy and Kill will both assume their positions on January 1, 2009.

The Marine Technology Society is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit professional society comprising ocean engineers, technologists, policy makers and educators. Incorporated in 1963, it provides the ocean community with forums for the exchange of information and ideas through its peer-reviewed MTS Journal, conferences, newsletters and Web site (

By Professional Mariner Staff