Poly Alum takes Presidency at Marine Technology Society

Bruce C. Gilman, P.E., took over the presidency of the Marine Technology Society (MTS) on January 1, 2007, for a two-year term after serving as president-elect for the past two years. The Marine Technology Society is an international, professional society comprising ocean technologists, engineers, scientists, business leaders and educators.

Gilman, who provides technical and business-management consulting services to the offshore industry, has been involved in the marine and offshore industry for over 45 years, with an emphasis on engineering, operations and business management.

A graduate of Polytechnic University, he earned a degree in aeronautical engineering and began his career as a U.S. Army diving officer and then commanding officer of a U.S. Army Port Construction Unit. He has since held senior executive positions in the offshore industry, including as president at Ocean Systems, Inc.; Perry Offshore, Inc.; Sonat Subsea Services, Inc., (which he founded); and Sonsub, Inc., from which he retired after serving as president, chief executive officer and director.

A registered professional engineer and fellow of the Marine Technology Society, he is also a director on the board of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and serves as chairman of the board of Deep Marine Technology, Inc. Gilman has served on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's peer-review panels, as well as National Academy of Science, National Research Council committees. He is currently a member of NOAA's Ocean Exploration Advisory Working Group.