VirtualOpen HouseSeptember 26, 2020

Welcome to Maine Maritime Academy’s Virtual Open House. We have designed this virtual experience to replicate the on-campus experience as much as possible. Throughout the event you will get a chance to meet several MMA faculty and staff who are instrumental in providing students with the skills, ethics and knowledge needed to succeed in a global economy. We are also excited to have MMA students at each of the sessions to speak from their perspective and to answer questions you may have. The event is being held as a Zoom webinar which will allow you to come and go for each session, as you wish. Check out the sessions below.

Webinar Session Schedule and Information (eastern time zone)

12:00 pm

Welcome and Overview

Kelly Gualtieri and President Brennan

Join us as Dr. William J. Brennan, President of Maine Maritime Academy welcomes students to this Virtual Open House! Following his remarks, Kelly Gualtieri, Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management, provides an overview of upcoming sessions and covers MMA’s admissions and application processes.

12:30 pm

Academic Sessions Overview

Mark Coté (MMA’83E)

In this session, Mark Coté, Acting Provost and Academic Dean provides a brief overview of the Academic Division at MMA. He also speaks to the hands-on nature of the curriculum and how it translates into industry jobs.

1:00 pm

Marine Transportation, Vessel Operations and Technology & Small Vessel Operations

Daniel Parrot

In this session, Captain Dan Parrot discusses MMA’s three transportation (deck) majors, what makes them different, the sea-time requirements for each, and the U.S. Coast Guard licenses involved. He also covers how each license translates into different job options after graduation. Captain Parrot is joined by two students, George Albert and Emily Conway.

1:30 pm

Marine Engineering Operations & Marine Engineering Technology

Joseph Harman (MMA ’86E) and Hank Stewart (MMA ’92)

In this session, Joseph Harman and Hank Stewart explain MMA’s Marine Engineering program and the difference between Operations and Technology. They dive into the curriculum, sailing requirements for the U.S. Coast Guard License as a 3rd Engineer, and discuss job options after graduation.

2:00 pm

Marine Biology, Oceanography & Coastal and Marine Environmental Science

Jessica Muhlin

This Ocean Studies (OS) session is led by Department Chair Jessie Muhlin as she discusses Marine Biology, Oceanography, and Coastal and Marine Environmental Science. She explains the differences in the programs, opportunities for field and laboratory experiences, and career pathways. The session also covers the benefit of combining an OS degree with the Small Vessel Operations (SVO) major. Associate Professor Muhlin is joined by two students, Gloria Kelley and Phoebe Churney.

2:30 pm

Power Engineering Operations & Power Engineering Technology

Sadie Alley Ferreira (MMA ’03) and Laurel Christian (MMA ’11)

In this session, Sadie Alley Ferreira and Laurel Christian explains MMA’s Power Engineering program and the difference between Operations and Technology. She details the curriculum, summer power field experiences, and discusses job options after graduation.

3:00 pm

International Business and Logistics

Kirk Langford

Kirk Langford explains MMA’s International Business and Logistics program, why it is considered one of the best logistics programs in the country, and the many fields our alumni are employed in after graduation. Professor Langford is joined by current students.

3:30 pm

Marine Systems Engineering & Marine Systems Engineering 5-year

Doug Read

Doug Read, the Systems Engineering Coordinator, outlines the academic degree for the Marine Systems Engineering major, its focus on Naval Architecture, and the optional 5-year program that incorporates the U.S. Coast Guard 3rd Engineer’s License.

4:00 pm


Steve Peed

Steve Peed, MMA’s Athletic Director, provides an overview of athletics and the many athletic conferences in which our teams compete. He also reviews all of the team sports that are offered at MMA, the stellar academic record of our athletes, and their leadership development program, inCommand. Current student-athletes will join to speak about their experiences and answer questions.

4:30 pm


Captain John Cashman

In this session, Captain Cashman discusses the Regiment of Midshipmen, its purpose, and what is required by the U.S. Coast Guard. He explains the leadership roles available to students and the voluntary options for those who are not in an unlimited license program. Maine Maritime regimental students, Matthew Harris, Makena Merideth and Sam Williams , also provide their perspective.

5:00 pm


LT Ian Gray and LT Ryan Armstrong

Lt. Gray discusses MMA’s Navy ROTC program, 4-year and “sideload” scholarships, the Marine Corps Option, and Commissioning. Lt. Armstrong details the Strategic Sealift Officer Program for the unlimited license majors that culminates in a Naval Reserve Commission; the Student Incentive Program; and how to apply. MMA students, Tristan Walker and Nathanael Poff, join in the discussion.

5:30 pm

Cost of Attendance

Kelly Gualtieri

In this session, Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management, Kelly Gualtieri, discusses the cost of attendance at MMA, what is included in both the direct costs and indirect costs, how merit money is awarded, and additional scholarship opportunities available to students.

6:00 pm

Res Life

Janice Folk

Director of Residential Life and Student Activities, Janice Folk, outlines the housing options at MMA, student activities, clubs and organizations, and student life overall. Current students discuss the many services for students on campus, such as health services, our barber shop, and counseling, all centrally located in Curtis Hall. This overview will help you to see how our campus community is one big family!


6:30 pm

Academic Services

Joceline Boucher

Joceline Boucher, Accessibility Services Director, shares information regarding tutoring services, accessibility services, and other support services available at MMA’s Buoy House. She will be joined by current students Avery O’Neal and Jennifer Jdrojowy.

7:00 pm

Live Chat

Current Students

Current students from multiple facets of life at MMA will be on hand to talk about their experience, why they chose MMA and answer questions.

7:30 pm

Wrap Up and Q&A

During this final session, faculty will join in to answer questions submitted by participants and Kelly Gualtieri wraps up the event. Thank you for watching our Virtual Open House – we can’t wait to welcome you to campus soon!

Questions or requests about disability-related access or accommodations for public events should be directed to MMA’s Accessibility Services at 207-326-2489 or