News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, December 6, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, December 6, 2018
Student scholars, faculty honored at MMA award banquet

Maine Maritime Academy’s annual Academic Achievement Awards banquet was held on November 8, to honor the scholarly accomplishments of students and the service of faculty.

Scheel Scholarships are awarded to students in the three upper classes who best exemplify intellectual curiosity and achievement. According to a news release from MMA, one of the 10 Scheel Scholars honored at the awards banquet is James Markos, Class of 2020, a Vessel Operations and Technology major from Blue Hill.

The American Bureau of Shipping Scholarship is awarded to deserving full-time undergraduate students in pursuit of a degree in fields such as mechanical engineering, naval architecture, marine engineering, offshore engineering, cyber security, digital forensics, and data science. Recipients of this academic award receive a scholarship in each of the final two years of their studies at MMA. They are also given an opportunity to complete an internship with the American Bureau of Shipping. Two of the students ABS awarded scholarships to in 2018 are Brandon St. Germain, a Marine Engineering Operations major from Ellsworth, and Matthew Stewart, a Marine Engineering Technology major from Bucksport, both Class of 2019.

The Mitchell Institute awards more than 130 scholarships each year, one to a graduating senior from every public high school in Maine. Selection is based on academic potential, community impact, and financial need. One of the Mitchell Scholars recognized at the awards banquet was Ellie Gellerson, Class of 2022, a Marine Science major from Blue Hill.

This year’s award for Excellence in Teaching goes to Associate Professor of Engineering F. Michael Young, recognizing that he exemplifies both knowledge of subject matter and a passion for teaching and student learning and safety.

Professor Young earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering from Maine Maritime Academy, graduating in 1977. He was a member of the engineering faculty from 1991 until 2000, at which time he returned to industry for two years, working as a drilling engineer for Transocean. He came back to teach full time in 2006 and left in 2011 to join Transocean’s newbuild construction team in Okpo, South Korea. In the spring of 2015, Professor Young retired as a deepwater drilling manager from Seadrill and rejoined the engineering department at MMA.

Before teaching, Professor Young spent 13 years working offshore for Global Marine Drilling Company around the world. He was a Chief Engineer at the age of 29. In total, he has spent 23 years in the offshore oil and gas industry working for Global Marine, Transocean and Seadrill.