University students and professors honored at Maine Maritime Academy Academic Achievement Awards


CASTINE – The Maine Maritime Academy’s annual Academic Excellence Awards ceremony was held on Wednesday evening, November 10 to honor student scholarly achievement and faculty service.

Scheel researchers –

Henry A. Scheel of Rockport, Maine was one of America’s most respected naval architects and yacht designers. During his long and distinguished career, Mr. Scheel produced more than 250 complete models which were used by builders of sailboats and other watercraft in the United States and Europe. To express his high regard for the Maine Maritime Academy, Mr. Scheel left funds in 1994 to permanently endow scholarships for students in the upper three classes that best exemplify intellectual curiosity and achievement. The ten Scheel Fellows honored on Wednesday include:

Oliver Cole, Class of 2022, Electrical Engineering Operations Major from Gloucester, Massachusetts

Shannon Estus, Class of 2023, Major in Shipping Operations from Frewsburg, New York

Ellie Gellerson, Class of 2022, Major in Marine Sciences from Blue Hill, Maine

Samuel Giffin, Class of 2022, Marine Engineer Operations Major in Ellsworth, Maine

Lucas Harman, class of 2022, marine systems engineer, 5 years of age from Veazie, Maine

Bryan Johnson, Class of 2022, Electrical Engineering Technology graduate from Holden, Maine

Caden Mattson, class of 2024, major in international trade and logistics from Blue Hill, Maine

John Watt, Class of 2022, Marine Engineering Technology graduate from Greenville, Maine

Aidan Wiecki, Class of 2024, Vessel Operations Technology graduate from Bristow, Virginia

Jennifer Zdrojowy, Class of 2023, Major in Marine Biology and Small Vessel Operations from Bucksport, Maine

American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Fellows

ABS, a leading international classification society, is dedicated to promoting the safety of life, property and the marine environment, primarily through the establishment and verification of technical and engineering standards for the design , construction and operational maintenance of ships and maritime installations. The ABS scholarship is awarded to deserving full-time students seeking a degree in fields such as mechanical engineering, naval architecture, maritime engineering, offshore engineering, cybersecurity, digital forensics, and data science. Recipients also have the option of interning with the American Bureau of Shipping. ABS awarded scholarships to these outstanding MMA engineering students in 2021:

Jarod Briggs, Class of 2022, Electrical Engineering Technology graduate from Millinocket, Maine

Ivan Corey, class of 2023, marine systems engineer, major in 5 years from Dennysville, Maine

Logan Eckmann, Class of 2023, Marine Systems Engineer, 5-year-old major in Dedham, Maine

Julia Malcolm, class of 2023, marine systems engineer, major in 5 years from Trenton, Maine

Sara Stentardo, class of 2023, marine systems engineer, major in 5 years from Tarvisio, Italy

Mitchell researchers

The Mitchell Institute awards more than 130 scholarships each year, one to a graduate from each public high school in Maine. Selection is based on academic potential, community impact and financial need. Since 1995, the Institute has awarded nearly 2,900 scholarships totaling over $ 16 million. The Mitchell fellows recognized on Wednesday evening included:

Keegan Brook, Class of 2025, Marine Systems Engineering, 5 Year Major from Raymond, Maine

Ryan Crockett, class of 2025, graduate in international trade and logistics from Old Orchard Beach, Maine

Regan Currie, Class of 2025, Major in Electrical Engineering Technology from Medway, Maine

Anthony Hall, Class of 2025, Marine Engineering Technology Graduate from Winterport, Maine

Isaac Jurson, class of 2025, graduate in international trade and logistics from Houlton, Maine

Hayden Luce, Class of 2025, Major in Shipping Operations from Monmouth, Maine

Faculty promotions

Also celebrated was Jessica Muhlin, promoted to full professor of ocean science. Professor Muhlin obtained his doctorate. from the University of Maine and his BA from Boston University. His research interests focus on reproductive ecology, population genetics and food web ecology of fucoid algae in the Northwest Atlantic. She is also actively involved in art-science collaborations using seaweed as inspiration.

Prof. Muhlin is the principal investigator of a Maine Economic Improvement Fund-Small Campus Initiative project that studies the importance of surplus fucoid reproductive material to the coastal marine environment. In addition, she participates in research into the phenology of wrack species in the Gulf of Maine.

Likewise, Captain Richard Miller was promoted to Full Professor of Marine Transport Operations. Captain Miller was also named the Academy’s acting dean of faculty.

Maine Maritime Academy is a coeducational public college located on the coast of Maine that offers degree programs in engineering, management, science, and transportation. The college welcomes approximately 950 undergraduate and graduate students through career-focused degree programs. The placement rate for MMA graduates exceeds 90 percent within 90 days of graduation. The college is regularly recognized for providing valuable education by organizations such as the Brookings Institution, the Washington Monthly, and US News and World Report. For more information, visit


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