Web Master
Liz Stansfeld
512 301 2744

9300 Sandstone Street
Austin, TX 78737




MTS Houston Member Scholarship - 2012

Congratulations to 2012 winners who are sharing $30,000 in scholarships

Alecia Borkovich, UT Medical School -
Houston. Ist place winner: $5,000
Sponsor: Wayne Mueller.
Andrew Coyne, UT Medical School -
Houston. Ist place winner: $5,000
Sponsor: Ione Hernandez.

Lauren Callon, UT Medical School -
Houston: $4,000.
Sponsor: Ken Callon.

Elizabeth Waters, Georgia Tech College of Engineering. 2nd place: $4,000. Sponsor: Simm Powell. Claire Volz, - Texas A&M at College
Station. 3rd. place: $3,000.
Sponsor: Dewayne Hollin.
Christiaan Khurana, University of
California at Berkeley: $3,000.
Sponsor: Sandor Karpathy.

Jaimie Pribilski, Texas Tech University. $2,000
Sponsor: Chuck Richards.

Kendall Ahrendsen, University of Texas - Austin: $2,000
Sponsor: Bruce Ahrendsen
Eric Maier, University of Houston.
Sponsor: Lauren Lionberger.

MTS TAMU Outstanding Ocean Engineering Student

The MTS TAMU Outstanding Ocean Engineering Student co-award recipients given in College Station at its Annual Meeting on March 30, 2012.  Shown in the picture above from left to right is Dr. Scott Socolofsky (Head, Ocean Engineering Program), Gary D. Liles, Nathan W. Krohn, and Aimee Marsh.  Gary Liles is the current President of the MTS Student Section at Texas A&M University.  He will graduate in May 2012.  He is active in the Human Powered Submarine, Aggie Ambasadors, and a member of the Omega Epsilon Honor Society.  Nathan Krohn is the Vice President of the student section and will graduate in December 2012.  He is also a member of Omega Epsilon and the Human Powered Submarine team.  Aimee is Chairman of the MTS Houston Section who sponsor this award.

Gary and Nathan each received a trophy and $125.00 cash.  

MTS Houston Scholarship Winners (Texas A&M)

MTS Houston Section awards over $70,000 in scholarships and student support each year, thanks to the generosity of our members and event sponsors.

MTS Scholarship Winners - 2012 - Texas A&M University

Adam Ersepke is a Mechanical Engineering student at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and has focused on undergraduate research in robotics and wind energy. He has assisted in the development and growth of the new TAMUCC Marine Technology Society.

Upon graduating, he hopes to apply his education to working in the offshore oil industry.


Valerie Ferdin is a senior MechanicalEngineering student at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She is the president for the Marine Technology Society at TAMUCC, and is a member of the TAMUCC American Society for Mechanical Engineers chapter, Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program, and assists with the Ronald E. McNair Program.  Valerie’s long term goals include attending graduate school, working for NASA and becoming a Disney Imagineer.

Alex Fontes is Geographic Information Science student at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi.  He is a 2011 graduate from Kingwood Park High School in Kingwood, Texas.  After achieving his bachelor’s degree, Alex plans to continue on through graduate school for his master’s.  Alex plans to join the GISSO club, the Scuba Club, and the Blue Crew (a Christian organization).  Alex also plans to obtain an internship in a large respected company where he can use his knowledge in the work place.

Daniel Mendez is a junior MechanicalEngineering student at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. He was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. He is a member of the Marine Technology Society and a founding student member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineer, where he serves as Junior Class Representative. Daniel hopes to pursue a career as a mechanical engineer with an emphasis in marine systems designing and fabrication.

Junelle Vasquez is a freshman Geographic Information Science major with an Environmental Science-Marine and Coastal Resources minor at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi.  She is a member of the Marine Technology Society.  By participating in the program, she will have the opportunity to build and expand her knowledge and skills about marine technology. Junelle’s passion for marine life observation, enthusiasm to get involved and improve on socializing skills, and the desire to create a product that has the potential to one day change the world, or at least complete a mission, is what she strives to accomplish.


MTS Houston Section Member Scholarship

In 2011 MTS Houston awarded $25,000 in scholarships to:

Andrew Coyne (sponsored by Ione Hernandez) - $6,000
Lauren Callon (sponsored by Ken Callon) - $6000
Katherine Horn (sponsored by John Bomba) -$3,500
Lynley Jones (sponsored by Bob Erdman) - $3,500
Kendrall Ahrendsen (sponsored by Bruce Ahrendsen) - $2,000
Jaimie Pribilski (sponsored by Chuck Richards) - $2,000
Clair Volz (sponsored by Dewayne Hollin) - $2,000

The application criteria for the 2013 awards is tentatively as follows:

  • MTS sponsor must attend at least three (3) MTS events over the past six months, including luncheon sessions and other events like the golf tournament, barbeque, sporting clays, etc.
  • Student must be a direct relation to the Sponsor (son or daughter-step / foster, grandson or grand daughter-step / foster, niece or nephew-step / foster).
  • Student must plan to attend full time at an accredited college or university
  • Student must have a Grade Point Average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Student must have acquired acceptance to the college of his/her choice
  • Student must have a financial need
  • Scholarship monies will be paid to the institution in the student’s name
  • Applications and supporting documents must be received no later than April 30, 2013

Please download and mail completed application form and all requested documents to:

Dewayne Hollin
Texas Sea Grant College Program
2700 Earl Rudder Fwy South Suite 1800
College Station, TX 77845
email: [email protected]

The Selection Committee will review and score all applications submitted and each applicant’s references may be contacted by telephone. The scholarship recipients will be notified by June 30, 2012.

Texas A & M University Galveston - Current Scholarship winnners

Kendall Plattner is a Senior at TAMUG, pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Maritime Systems Engineering, as well as a national member of MTS. She is a Varsity coxswain for the university rowing team, Aggie Crew. Kendall is involved with several campus organizations, including Sea Aggies for Christ, the Drama Club, and the Student Judiciary Committee. Outside of school, she works for a wedding photographer and the local Newman Center. In her studies, Kendall has been intrigued by coastal engineering, and will consider a career in the field upon her graduation in May 2006.
Juan Monge is a Maritime Systems Engineering student at the Texas A&M University Galveston campus. He plans on graduating in the spring of 2007, and wants a career in the areas of structural/coastal engineering.
Michael Arthur is a junior at Texas A&M University at Galveston. He plans on using his Maritime Systems Engineering degree to obtain a position in the offshore oil industry where he would like to do field work (offshore). With this offshore experience he hopes to acquire a construction management position where he would be a valuable asset.

ROV Committee announces the winners of its 2011 Annual Scholarships

Trevor Uptain, Adam Simko, Michael Filimon and Zachary Miller have been selected as recipients of the Marine Technology Society’s 2011 ROV Committee Scholarships.  In addition Russell Ives, Houston Fortney, Kip Hacking and Sebastian Baca received MTS ROV Committee MATE Center Scholarships.

Trevor Uptain was awarded $10,000 and will be attending the University of Washington studying Mechanical Engineering. Adam Simko was awarded $7,500 and will attend UC Davis studying Mechanical Engineering.  Michael Filimon received $5,000 and will attend the University of Rhode Island pursuing a Masters in Ocean Engineering.  Zachary Harris received $2,500 and is attending Florida Institute of Technology studying Ocean Engineering. 

As winners of the MTS ROV Committee MATE Center (Marine Advanced Technology Education) Scholarships Russell Ives was awarded $10,000 and will attend Auburn University studying Mechanical Engineering.  Houston Fortney received $7,500 and will pursue an Electrical Engineering degree at Purdue.  Kip Hackling received $5,000 and will attend Brigham Young University pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  Sebastian Baca received $2,500 and is attending the University of Hawaii at Hilo pursuing a degree in Marine Science.  All will be recognized during the Awards Presentations at Underwater Intervention ’12 in New Orleans, Louisiana (www.underwaterintervention.com).

Drew Michel, Chairman of the ROV Committee of MTS initiated the scholarship program in 1994.  Since then it has awarded over $250,000 to deserving students who have an interest in Remotely Operated Vehicles.  Scholarship applications for 2012/13 must be postmarked by April 15, 2012.  Details on how to apply and additional information on the MTS ROV Committee can be found at http://www.rov.org/.

Click here to download an application for 2012 ROV Committee Scholarships. (MSWORD format).

Outstanding Ocean Engineering Student Award - $100 - Jeremy Young (also winner of Ingram Scholarship)

Jeremy Young (shown left with Bob Randall, Texas A&M) has been the president of the student chapter of MTS and SNAME for two years. He was also president and treasurer of the Lamda Chi Alpha social fraternity. He has been a member of the Human Powered Submarine Team for two years and participated in the races in 2003 and 2004. Jeremy served as vice president and treasurer of the Ocean Engineering Honor Society, Omega Epsilon. Jeremy has a scholarship from the US Navy and will begin active duty upon graduation in May 2005.

ROV Committee - 2004 Scholarship Winners"

Ms. Lauren Cooney - Ocean Engineering Major at MIT - $5,000
Mr. David Bryan - Marine Biology Major at Nova Southeastern Oceanographic Center - $2,500
Mr. John Fassero - Ocean Engineering Major at Texas A&M - $1,250
Ms. Bridget Brett - Ocean Engineering Major at MIT - $1,250

These students will be recognized at Underwater Intervention 2005 in New Orleans.

Other recent scholarship winners include:

TAMU Freshman Scholarship winners ($1,000 each):

Sean P. Finn, (2003)
Eric C. Keith, (2003)
Jieh L. Larson. (2003)

Ingram Scholarship winner ($2500)

Jeremy Young (2004)
John Fassero (2003)

Glen Lochte Scholarship

Ryan Koska (Junior) - 2004

CA Richards Scholarship

Christopher Aurich (Junior) - 2004

John C.Freeman Scholarship

Eric Lieb (Freshman) - 2004
Kristen Todd (Freshman) -2004

MTS Scholarship winner ($1500)

Ashley Frey

Human Powered Submarine Project - $1500

TAMUG Scholarship winners ($2000 each):

Josh Bass (2003)
Thiago Carvalho (2003)
Ira Snyder (2003)

TAMU Marine Archeaology Scholarship ($1000 each)

Ayse Devrim Atauz, Nautical Archaeology Program (2003)
Eric Morley, Nautical Archaeology Program (2003)
Randall James Sasaki, Nautical Archaeology Program (2003)

Alvin Community College: ($1000):

ROV in a bag project: $1000.

Science fair scholarship winners:

Bryce Cambell $2000 (2004)
Troung-Dzuy Troung-Cao $1000 (2004)