Christopher J. Wiernicki, President & CEO of American Bureau of Shipping, to Deliver 2015 Commencement Address

Posted on: March 19, 2015

CASTINE, Maine—Maine Maritime Academy President William J. Brennan announced today that Christopher J. Wiernicki, an internationally recognized naval architect and business leader, will be the college’s 2015 Commencement speaker on Saturday, May 2, 2015.

Wiernicki currently serves as the Chairman, President and CEO of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), a leader in classification and certification services for the global offshore and marine industries, and Chairman of ABS Group, a leading global provider of technical services.

“Our students are the next generation to champion the ABS mission of security and engineering standards in the shipping industry,” said President Brennan. “We are honored to hear Mr. Wiernicki’s perspective first-hand, and to have him deliver the send-off to the Class of 2015.”

Mr. Wiernicki holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Vanderbilt University, a Master of Science in Structural Engineering from George Washington University, and a Master of Science in Ocean Engineering from MIT. He is also a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

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. Maine Maritime Academy was ranked the #1 Best Public College on [ ]Money magazine’s Best Colleges list released in August, 2014. The college’s persistence, retention and graduation rates are well above national averages, and the job placement rate is in excess of 90 percent within 90 days of graduation. For more information, visit