2 VIMS teams receive Governor’s Technology Awards

- Posted on Sep 18, 2019 - 02:20 PM

Two research teams from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science have received 2019 Governor’s Technology Awards for developing online tools that allow users to track water levels in real time throughout Hampton Roads and to assess the health of the state’s coastal wetlands, according to a Sept. 11 press release.

Dr. Derek Loftis, an assistant research scientist in the Center for Coastal Resources Management at the Gloucester Point campus shared a pair of awards with partners for StormSense, an online platform for monitoring of water levels on the Southside.

StormSense received the award for “Cross-Boundary Collaboration on IT Service Delivery Initiatives,” while StormSense Alerts, which automatically issues a warning to users when waters in Newport News reach levels of concern, earned the award for “Innovative Use of Technology in Local Government.”

“Virginia is committed to using technology to improve the efficiency of government, enhance the quality of service to our citizens, and ensure public dollars are spent effectively,” said Gov. Ralph Northam of the awards. “The awards program allows us to showcase public-sector innovation for the benefit of all Virginians.”

“We’re thrilled and grateful to be recognized with these awards,” Loftis said of the commendation. “I’d like to congratulate all the project partners, and thank them for their commitment to dedicating resources in each community to help address flooding resiliency.”

VIMS Dean and Director John Wells called the awards a recognition of “our long and continuing history of collaboration with private and public partners, and are a special honor given this year’s fierce competition.”