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Robert K. Baker

Adjunct Professor
Marine Superintendent, Exxon Mobil
Department of Maritime Administration

“I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: 'I served in the United States Navy.”

- John F. Kennedy

Get To Know Robert K. Baker

What in your life drew you to your current field of study?

I have always had an interest in the ocean and was a scuba diver in high school. I spent my freshman year at Texas A&M University at College Station as an Oceanography major. I found out about the Texas Maritime Academy from my college roommate, who went on the summer cruise after he graduated from high school. I did some investigation into the Marine Transportation degree program. I liked the balance of business, economics, science, nautical and naval science courses in the curriculum and that you graduated with a degree from Texas A&M University, U.S. Merchant Marine Unlimited Tonnage Third Mate Upon Oceans license and a commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve. This would provide me with a lot of career options after graduation and beyond.

What do you hope your students gain from studying or working with you?

Students will be provided with a faculty member that has a rich depth of experience in all facets of the marine industry: chartering and brokerage, finance, economics, vessel acquisition, shipboard operations and port operations and project management. My students will also have access to guest speakers from industry, including government and commercial sectors.

What are you passionate about in your personal life?

I am passionate about teaching young people about the maritime industry. I also enjoy learning about history and the financial markets. I have taught several financial classes at church to help people in improving their personal finances.


M.A. Finance, University of Houston, 1983
B.A. Marine Transportation, Texas A&M University, 1977

Chief Mate, Oceans - Unlimited Tonnage and Master of Freight and Towing Vessels

Courses Taught
Inland Waterways
Naval Architecture
Maritime Law
Chartering and Brokerage
Ship Handling
Various Navigation Courses

Contact Info

Robert K. Baker
Adjunct Professor
Department of Maritime Administration

Classroom Lab Building (CLB), MARA Suite