Maine Maritime Academy professor garners Fulbright grant

CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy Professor of Marine Transportation Daniel Parrott, of Blue Hill, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant to teach and develop curriculum at the University of Costa Rica’s new School of Nautical Engineering and Maritime Transport (Ingeniería Náutica y Transporte Marítimo) in Limón, Costa Rica. He will be at the school from February to June 2017.

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.

“I look forward to advancing international maritime education through collaboration with the faculty and administration at the University of Costa Rica,” Parrott said in a statement released by MMA. “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’s vice president for academic affairs and provost, wrote, “We are honored that UCR seeks to collaborate with MMA in hosting Captain Parrott.”

Parrott 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 five marine casualties involving sailing ships in the late 20th century, as well as “Bridge Resource Management for Small Ships” which focuses on small vessels.

Parrott holds a U.S. Coast Guard license, Master of Oceans, 1,600 tons, and 2nd mate unlimited. He teaches navigation, seamanship and bridge resource management at MMA. He holds a BA from Colby College and an MA 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 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 abroad.

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