MAST Alumni


Angela Harden '01

BA Maritime Studies; Anthropology Minor

2014 MA Forensic Anthropology, California State University

ORISE Research Fellow/Forensic Anthropologist, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency


Eric VanVelzen '02

BA Maritime Studies

Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Coast Guard

"I'm positive proof  that it IS possible to get a meaningful job with a lowly BA degree. Actually the MAST degree has been really helpful in my CG career. The courses in maritime history (thank you Dr Willett) and environmental law (Mr. Glenn) and policy (Dr. V-Z) are topics that have made regular appearances in discussions that I have been involved in. OPA-90 was especially important during DEEPWATER HORIZION and SUPERSTORM SANDY and the SOLAS and UNCLOS knowledge is helpful when briefing vessel detentions that the Coast Guard is responsible for."



Kim Rash Kenyon '03

BA Maritime Studies; English and Anthropology Minors

2012 MA Artifact Conservation, Nautical Archaeology Program, Texas A&M University

Interim Head Conservator, Institute of Nautical Archaeology, 2009, 2011

Field Director and Conservator, Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge


Catherine Warrington '09

BA Maritime Studies, Valedictorian

League City Police Department


Zach Mathis '09

BA Maritime Studies; Anthropology Minor; Texas Maritime Academy

Fidelity National Title

US Navy


Kristin Josvoll '10

BA Maritime Studies, BS; Marine Biology Anthropology Minor

2015 MA Museum Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Director of Operations, Houston Maritime Museum

Collections Manager/Registrar, Houston Maritime Museum

Instructor of Museum Studies, TAMUG


Brett Lindel '11

BA Maritime Studies

GL Noble


Arielle Carchidi Dunbar '12

BA Maritime Studies

2014 Master of Public Administration/Policy Analysis, Bush School of Government and Public Service

Maritime Special Projects Coordinator, Texas Department of Transportation

Policy Analyst, Texas Department of State Health Services


Heather Parker '12

BA Maritime Studies, Valedictorian

2017 MA Library and Information Science, University of North Texas

Rosenberg Library


Rachel Katzman '12

BA Maritime Studies

Conservation Volunteer, Peace Corps


Dannika Julson '13

BA Maritime Studies

Marine Logistics, Kirby Inland Marine


Charles Porzelt '13

BA Maritime Studies

Elissa Volunteer Crew

Deckhand, Schooner Aquidneck, Newport RI

Rigger, Ship Oliver Hazard Perry, Newport RI

Deckhand, Sqr. Topsail Schooner Mystic, New England Waters

Rigger, Ship Wavertree, South Street Seaport Museum

Deckhand, Schooner Pride, Charleston SC

"Whether it's sailing around Charleston Harbor, or rigging down one of the largest museum ships in the country, the classes I took and skills I learned while at A&M are immensely valuable.
The practical and theoretical knowledge gained in classes like Elissa Seamanship Training, Traditional Shipbuilding Tools, and Traditional Shipbuilding Techniques provided me with a leg up on others as entered the tall ships fleet.
It was certainly the rich history of closes like Texas Maritime History and History of American Seapower that instilled in me a passion for the conservation and preservation of both the ships and the culture that I now surround myself with."


Korey Bailes '15

BA Maritime Studies; Texas Maritime Academy

Ensign Surface Warfare Officer, US Navy: Main Propulsion Officer