News Feature

Originally published in The Weekly Packet, May 26, 2016 and Castine Patriot, April 28, 2016
Academy professor named Fulbright Scholar

Daniel Parrott

Maine Maritime Academy Professor of Marine Transportation Daniel Parrott

Photo courtesy of Daniel Parrott

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,” Parrott said in a news release. “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 five 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.