CASTINE, Maine—Maine Maritime Academy Professor of Marine Transportation Daniel Parrott, of Blue Hill, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant to work at the University of Costa Rica’s new School of Nautical Engineering and Maritime Transport (Ingeniería Náutica y Transporte Marítimo) in Limón, Costa Rica. The university’s program in marine transportation was established in 2012. Parrott will not only teach students, but also will help to develop educational programming for students using bridge simulations, laboratories, and other academic and hands-on resources. He will conduct his work from February to June, 2017.
“I look forward to advancing international maritime education through collaboration with the faculty and administration at the University of Costa Rica,” said Dan Parrott. “My family will move with me to Limón and my kids will attend high school there, so we will all be involved in educational exchange.”
In a letter of endorsement for Parrott’s application, David Gardner, MMA Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost wrote, “We are honored that UCR seeks to collaborate with MMA in hosting Captain Parrott. MMA is committed to fostering the intellectual rigor, professional competence and leadership skills that enable our graduates to succeed in maritime careers all over the world…Captain Parrott is an exemplar of the fine faculty who make MMA such a highly-regarded institution and a leader in the field of maritime education.”
Parrott grew up in Connecticut and sailed actively from 1983 to 2003 when he joined the faculty at MMA. In that 20-year period he voyaged worldwide on a variety of vessels, often to remote locations aboard traditional sailing ships. He is the author of Tall Ships Down, a study of 5 marine casualties involving sailing ships in the late 20th century, as well as Bridge Resource Management for Small Ships which focuses on BRM in the limited tonnage arena. Parrott holds a USCG license, Master of Oceans, 1600 tons, and 2nd mate unlimited. He teaches navigation, seamanship and Bridge Resource Management at MMA. He holds a B.A. from Colby College and M.A. from the University of Rhode Island.
MMA professors who have recently received Fulbright awards include Paul Wlodkowski Professor of Engineering, who worked at the Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping in St. Petersburg, Russia for the 2015 Spring semester, and Elaine Potoker, Professor Emerita, Loeb-Sullivan School of International Business and Logistics, who taught at the University of Costa Rica and conducted field research in the fall semester of 2007. She received a second award as a Senior Specialist in Business and Economics in 2012 and now serves as a member of the Board of the Maine Chapter of the Fulbright Association.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program provides participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.*
Maine Maritime Academy is a co-educational, public college on the coast of Maine offering 18 degree programs in engineering, management, science, and transportation. The college serves approximately 950 undergraduate and graduate students in career-oriented programs of study. Year over year, the job placement rate for MMA graduates is in excess of 90 percent within 90 days of graduation. In 2014 and 2015, MONEY magazine ranked Maine Maritime Academy the #1 Public College in America on their Best Colleges list. For more information, visit mainemaritime.edu.