Welcome to OCEANS 2017 in Anchorage, Alaska

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OCEANS 17 ANCHORAGE  September 18-21

Our Harsh and Fragile Ocean

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Dena’ina Convention Center

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We hope you enjoyed OCEANS 17 Anchorage!

Anchorage, Alaska

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Technical Program Now Published

Thank you for attending OCEANS 17 Anchorage

Dear attendees,

OCEANS North America has been hosted in Alaska for the first time in 2017.

On behalf of the Marine Technology Society and the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society, the OCEANS ’17 MTS/IEEE Anchorage Local Organizing Committee we thank all of you who attended and participated in the conference and also to those of you who took time to tour and visit around Anchorage and Alaska.   The theme, “Our Harsh and Fragile Ocean,” or “How to protect the Fragile from the Harsh with application of modern technology and traditional knowledge working together” was reflected in the Plenary talks and the technical sessions.

Consider returning to Alaska for pleasure or to visit new friends you made while you were here.  Also considering returning for OCEANS’ 27 or whatever OCEANS conference will next be in Alaska.

We look forward  to seeing you again!  Your OCEANS’17 Local Organizing Committee

Bob Seitz

Jana Lage

Dave Heimke

James Kendall

Carol Janzen

Bill Lee

Nicole Deedre

John Callahan

Bud Yocom

Mike Pinto

Liesl Hotaling

Speakers for the Plenary Sessions have been selected for the two Plenary Sessions, IEEE OES Session on Tuesday and the MTS Session on Wednesday.  See Plenary Session Speakers  to view their biographies.


The conference is over but we will continue to post relevant items that reflect future work derived from the OCEANS 17 Sessions and Exhibitors or issues which are related to those discussed during the conference. 

Alaska’s history is deeply connected with the sea. From the Alaska Native peoples who knew Alaskan waters best and relied on them for food and transportation, to explorers like Captain James Cook seeking the Northwest Passage in the age of sail, to modern maritime activity and new shipping lanes emerging in a changing Arctic. And the 2017 MTS/IEEE OES OCEANS conference is a piece of the next chapter of Alaska and its waters. Anchorage, Alaska hosts OCEANS North America for the first time in 2017, September 18-21.

                 Latest News about OCEANS 17 Anchorage

For those who took advantage of the discounted tours I thank those who stopped me to tell me how much you enjoyed your time in Alaska.

OCEANS ’17 Registration is now open!

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Hotel Reservations are now open.

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Visa Invitation Letters will be available once your registration is complete.

Exhibitor Spots are Available!

Exhibit Booth spaces are available for selection  now, please visit our Exhibition Page for more details.

Sponsored By



Click on each of the Society’s Logo’s to find out more about our sponsors.  One of the objectives of the OCEANS conferences is to increase the membership in the two Societies.


About the event

Every autumn, the Marine Technology Society and the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society sponsor OCEANS, a prestigious conference/exhibition that draws an international audience of more than 2,000 attendees:

  • Over 500 professionally reviewed technical papers, including sessions focused on local themes.
  • Plenary sessions with leaders from industry, academia, the military and government.
  • 80+ exhibitors showcasing the latest innovations in products and services.
  • A student poster session featuring outstanding projects from around the world and other student activities.
  • Tutorials, workshops, demonstrations, government listening sessions, social/networking opportunities, professional field trips …and much, much more.

Plan your visit


Some Opportunities Around Alaska

Alaska has a lot of different experiences to offer during your travels throughout the State. We’ve made it easy for you and crafted a list of opportunities for Tours of Alaska and to make the most of your stay in Anchorage. So get out and challenge yourself to grab life by the moments and make the most of your Alaska getaway!