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July 12, 2018

Kyle Vanderspek ‘15

Joel Buffa ‘11

Brian Vanderspek ‘10

Matt Van Rensselaer ‘13



All four alumni participated in the Pacific Cup 2018 sailing on a 33’ boat for 2000+NM. 



Brian Yu '09-FET, '15-MSTEM

July 11, 2018

Continued working in the power industry after graduation (interned at Crockett Cogen while in school). Currently an Outage Manager for GE covering the Pacific NW (overhauling GE turbines) after working as a Field Engineer for 6 years. Living in Seattle, WA with my lovely wife and two kids (with a third on the way!).




Lizzie Orr, '18GSMA

June 29, 2018

Cal Maritime GSMA alum Ben Harmon ('13) and Lizzie Orr ('18) are both pilots for Wave Glider drones at Liquid Robotics monitoring the effects of Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano >>


Johannes James, '13ME
May 31, 2018

One of the mechanical engineering doctoral candidates on the University of Washington team is Cal Maritime alum Johannes James, ME ‘13. He is currently in Australia, presenting the team’s paper concerning the “first wireless flying robotic insect”.

Johannes’ wife, Rose Hendrix, ME'15, is also a doctoral candidate at UW, working on a different project.

https://www.washington.edu/news/2018/05/15/robofly/


John Betz, '76D
May 7, 2018

Weller House Opens One Week, Filled the Next >>

A Venice couple is housing homeless people, one small building at a time >>


Glen Cayanan, '17-FET
May 1, 2018

New student-centered cafe/hangout opens in Vallejo on Saturday >> 


Class of 2009 Updates
April 25, 2018

Jordan Truchan, ‘09 BA 
Now Corporate Captain at Grande Yachts International, moving vessels from Palm Beach, Miami, and the Keys. Enjoying the dating scene in Deerfield Beach, FL.

Ryan Seron, '09 BA
After 5 years in maritime recruitment, now Regional Sales Manager of technology and telecom systems to the US Government. Living in Palm Beach, FL with girlfriend Melanie. Traveled 22 countries and visiting Ireland again in June. Proud to have attended my Cal Maritime roommate Brian Lee's wedding! Currently enjoy Miami nightlife and yachting, boating, and surfing with Jordan Truchan living nearby.


Class of 2008 Updates
April 25, 2018

Ben Scharlach, '08 GSMA
Now happily married with one child and working for County Probation in Sacramento, CA

Felizia Chavez, '08 ME
Completed her Master's degree in Engineering/ Industrial Mgt at Cal Maritime Academy. Currently Engineering Officer with US Navy. Recently moved back to sunny San Diego, CA from Rota, Spain.

Jack Eaton, '08 FET
Now Control Room Operator at Excelon Corporation in Carson, CA. Happily married and recently welcomed his first child, a baby boy, with wife Yukie!

James Ding, '08 ME  
Going strong as Port Engineer with Foss Maritime/ Young Brothers. Living in Temple City, CA. Happily married with twin baby girls!

Joe Tougas, '08 ME
After 7 years as Port Engineer, now Owner/ Operator of Catalyst Marine Engineering for 9 years. Happily married to wife Sarah and living in Seward, AK.

Julie Dodson Baisinger, 08 MT
After a career in Marine Terminal Operations is now with progressive sales and marketing firm in Los Angeles, CA. Recently got married and living in Orange County, CA.

Nick Littlepage, '08 ME
Sailing 2nd Engineer with Noble Drilling in US Gulf. Enjoying living the single life in Sugar Land, TX.

Paul Braemer, '08 ME
Now the Control Room Operator at Orange Grove Energy, L.P. Living in sunny San Diego, CA.

Tim Wright, ‘08 MET
Now Engine Room Operator with Maersk Drilling, recently sailing out of Africa and Asia. Residence in Olympia, WA. Father of two elementary age kids!


Class of 2007 Updates
April 25, 2018

Andre Pilipenko, 07 BA
Spearheading his LLC as CEO of Prom Export, based in Moscow, Russia. Raising his young daughter and winning volleyball tournaments on weekends.

Andrew Chen, '07 MT
Chief Officer, Military Sealift Command. Based out of Seattle, WA.

Angela Knox, '07 MET
After sailing with US Shipping is now Auxiliary Systems Operator at NRG Energy Cabrillo Power Station. Living in Carlsbad, CA and delivered her baby just last month!

Billy Dick, '07 MT
Sailing 3rd Mate with ATC. Now living in sunny San Diego, CA. Happily married to wife Kylie and recently welcomed their first baby boy!

Brian Deedler MT '07
Promoted to Chief Mate at Crowley Petroleum Service. Lives in Cotati, CA. Happily married and recently welcomed his second baby girl with wife Jamie!

Brian Lee '07
Completed Master's degree in Transportation & Engineering Mgt. at Cal Maritime. After terminal ops, yacht brokerage, and marine fuel trade is now Systems Consultant with Kastle Security Technology in San Francisco, CA. Recently tied the knot with fiance Kim at Pebble Beach, now living in Pleasant Hill, CA.

Christopher McKay, '07 MT
LT in the US Coast Guard, Air Station in Cape Cod, MA. Leads as Aircraft Commander on HC-144 Casa. Now happily married, no kids yet!

Conrad Metzenberg, '07 MT
Promoted to DPO Level 3 with Transocean, East Africa and US Gulf. Currently completing Masters degree program at Cal Maritime Academy. Happily married, living in Santa Barbara, CA. He and wife Katie just had their first baby girl!

Frank Shanahan, '07 MET
Completed his MBA with specialty in data analytics. Is now Regional Business Development Mngr. with Enervex Corporation in Redwood City, CA. Happily married to wife Tessa and recently welcomed their first baby girl!

 

Jim McLaughlin, '07 ME
Now Chief Engineer/Surface Warfare Officer with US Navy - DDG Vessel. Completed his MBA degree, and based in Kapolei, Hawaii. Aloha!

Joel Bruce, '07 MT
Sailing Chief Mate, Military Sealift Command. Living in Seattle, WA.

John Washburn, '07 ME
Now sailing as Engineer with Overseas Shipholding Group.

Mark Shoemaker, '07 ME
Now shoreside as Port Engineer at T-Solutions, Inc. Living it up in sunny San Diego, CA.

Matthew Moore, '07 MT
Now LT in US Navy, stationed in Norfolk, VA and leading aboard USS San Antonio (LPD 17) as the Combat Systems Officer. Enjoying the single life.

Matthew Roberts, GSMA '07
Now an official US Customs and Border Patrol Agent in San Diego, CA. Happily married with two young children!

Roy Chong, '07 MT
10+ year progressive career in the US Navy. Promotions to now Surface Warfare Operations Officer, Commander Amphibious Squadron 5 overseeing 8 vessels in San Diego, CA.

Shauna Broderson, '07 GSMA
Now happily married and recently promoted Team Lead for Naked Wines, leading global wine distribution company in Napa, CA.

Stephen Shultze, '07 MET
Now living in San Francisco and happily married to Lauren Shultze.

Troy Leverton, '07 FET
Now Sr. Ride Controls Hardware Engineer at Walt Disney Imagineering in Glendale, CA. Happily married to wife Sarah and living in Los Angeles, CA.


Class of 2006 Updates
April 25, 2018

Chris Sheridan, '06 MT
Ship Agent/ Dry Bulk Coordinator at Norton Lilly Intl. Now happily married and living in Oakland, CA.

Muj Ajdula '06 MT
Chief Mate, SBX-1 with Tote Inc. working on a radar ship in US Gulf. Lives in Austin, TX.


Rob Hempstead, '86-NIT
April 25, 2018

Meet the captain of the largest cruise ship in the world, Cal Maritime alum, Capt. Rob Hempstead >> 


Brad Klann, '81-D
March 2, 2018


Our last 4th Thursday was a spirited gathering on a chilly night with a very professional looking crowd (I was in Mammoth!....when it was NOT dumping two feet!!)

Check em out..from the left Patrick, Chris, and Spencer and on the right Mike Shartel, Chris Anderson, Ian Fegan, and of course one of our leading ladies here in America's finest city, Felicia Chavez !!!


Manny Aschemeyer, '63-D
February 28, 2018


Jimmy Moore, '10-MT
February 15, 2018

Jimmy Moore at the 2018 Spring Career Fair

Jimmy


Erick H. Lim, '10
February 7, 2018

Alum Erick Lim representing Cal Maritime at the 2018 U.S. Naval Institute Member Event.

Lim standing in front of booth


Brad Klann, '81-D
February 2, 2018

The First Episode of Keelhauler Thursday SD 2018 .... Chief Macleod 72, Tony 07 (on his way  to Vail to celebrate his Anniversary), Ty 12, Brad 81, that Freeman high roller 92, and Billy Dick 07 sandwiched between the ever so positive Kylie and quite a handsome future Keelhauler Wil"Liam" Ragnar.

A very solid group of mariners if there ever was one....that's all they need is a ship...heading to Hawaii!!! 

A fun night...with great stories....lots of laughter


Stuart Broce, '86-E
January 2, 2018

Stuart Broce is a NASA Research Pilot at Armstrong Flight Research Center, Edwards AFB, California.


Andrew Bichlmeier, '17-GSMA, MT
December 4, 2017

Andrew Bichlmeier was recently commissioned in the USCG.


Orrin Favro, '05-MT
November 19, 2017

SF Pilot Captain Favro speaking to Intro to MT class.

 


Marc Bayer, '82-D
November 19, 2017

Marc and Jeff Jappe '79D are in the front row at, 11,200 ft on Mr. Rainier in September 2017.


Hugo Carver, '66-MET
November 17, 2017

Slipping the Anchor Chain
By Hugo Winchester Carver II
(In Newfoundland when you die, they say one slips his anchor chain.)

Link by link my anchor chain pays out,
sometimes one link, sometimes two or more I shout.
I try to keep my pawl from slipping
but it seems inexorable in its creeping.

The anchor firmly planted keeps a vessel from going adrift,
so this system is of finest quality without regard to thrift.
If the vessel slips the chain and breaks free
all souls could be lost on the shore or at sea.

My vessel shudders a bit when each link slips
and knowing my winch is broken causes hope to dip.
But knowing it is the only course makes the outcome predictable.
There is a certain solace in moments where I am stable.

Then another link slips and it disturbs my comfortable time.
I treasure those times of comfort, they are indeed sublime.
Far beyond most any experience prior to my ALS,
except floating free in mid Pacific ocean unconstrained and without distress.

Without ALS your anchoring gear is much less certain with accidents,
illness and old age all factoring in to slip the whole chain, or slip a few links
then the winch is repaired and some chain retrieved.
With ALS, your winch is broken forever and your priorities change.
It is best to lower your expectations, which may sound strange.

It is then best to help others to live a fuller life so they stay well anchored
rather than wasting away not really loving life but always full of dread.
So , if you can, "Don't put it off"!
Always smile and never, ever scoff.........


Vas Podorean, '07-ME
November 6, 2017

Alumni Vas Podorean, presenting cutting-edge technology to USCG. Read more >> 


Douglas Rigg, '79-MET
November 6, 2017

Second annual Dead Fish Lunch with 79' Alumni.

From left to right: Phil Herndon, Paul Abrams, Steve Kreta, Doug Rigg, Shelton Matthews, Bob Funk, Bob Hawke.


Christian Yuhas, '92-MET, '17-MS
October 14, 2017

Upon graduation, Christian sailed with military Sealift command before joining the marine engineers beneficial association where he earned his Chief Engineers unlimited license. After sailing extensively on a variety of ships all over the world he led a union organizing effort while working aboard the Hawaii Superferry as Chief Engineer until the company ceased operations in 2009. Upon returning to the MEBA Christian was brought aboard as a union official in Oakland California specializing in grievance resolution, contact negotiations, and political action. He is currently advocating for WW2 Merchant Marine Veterans just compensation as the National Vice President of The American merchant marine veterans association (AMMV). Chief Yuhas recently completed his Master of science in marine transportation and engineering management class of 2017 while continuing to advocate for a new public Hawaiian Interisland ferry system featuring monohull vessels utilizing LNG as a less harmful Marine fuel. His Hawaiian Ferry design Capstone can be accessed at http://csum-dspace.calstate.edu/handle/10211.3/195990

 

 


Niels Lund, '05-MT
October 8, 2017

Graduating Cal Maritime has allowed me to achieve my career goals and has led me to many travels and experiences.  After graduating Cal Maritime I moved to the Seattle area and enrolled myself in a prep course at the Crawford Nautical School of Study for my 3rd Mates license.  While waiting for my license to be printed I was offered a job by another fellow Cal Maritime alumni to work for Global Diving and Salvage as a boat operator.  After working there for about a year and a half I was happy to accept another position offered as a 3rd Mate with Military Sealift Command.  I completed one tour for four and half months on the oiler the USNS Kanawha.  I am now employed with Great Lakes Dredge and Dock as a 2nd Mate and a member of the Seafarers International Union on the hopper dredge, Padre Island.  The company is contracted by state governments as well as the federal government on projects for the Army Corps of Engineers.  We primarily work on the east coast performing beach replenishment projects as well as channel deepening and channel maintenance projects.  This December will mark 10 years of employment with Great Lakes Dredge and Dock which has provided me with a career that I can appreciate and enjoy.  I hope to someday become a Captain with the company and I am working towards upgrading my license.

 


Eric von Husen, '92-MET
October 5, 2017

Port crane mechanic since 1994. Graduated 1992 MET 4E Big Dawgs!! Loving life!! Thanks tons to my parents and Cal Maritime for the great education!!


Chris Woodle, '92
October 4, 2017

I retired from the Coast Guard as a Commander in 2013 after 20 years and have been working as the Marine Regulatory Advisor for Chevron's Gulf of Mexico operations in Covington, LA since then. I have had the pleasure of working with other Cal Maritime grads on our Jack St Malo and Big Foot projects along the way (Morgan Buck, Sean Gaddis, and Jamie Ruprecht). Cal Maritime set me up well for a fulfilling career and I was also fortunate to sail as an adjunct watchstander as a CG Exchange officer on the 2001 and 2003 cruises.


Don Mrla, '92
October 4, 2017

Don was recently announced as Technical Codes & Standards Advisor within Chevron. After sailing for four years with Chevron Shipping, Don transferred ashore into various engineering and management roles within the Chevron refinery system.


Rick Leach, '84
October 2, 2017

Who would have guessed that my former Keelhauler teammate, Todd Bliss, and I would constitute the oldest guys to ever row the Mid-Pacific? Ha! Never count out old middies, huh?

The cherry on top is a nice mention of Cal Maritime in our blurb in the 2018 Guinness Book of World Records.

Thanks again for your acknowledgment and support of Row Aloha and our 2016 Great Pacific Race endeavor.

I’m planning on attending an informal alumni row on Saturday morning and Homecoming festivities afterward. Perhaps we’ll have a chance to meet.


Ryan Holte, 05-FET
September 28,  2017

 Ryan T. Holte, the David L. Brennan Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology at The University of Akron School of Law, will be nominated to the United States Court of Federal Claims by President Donald Trump, the White House announced today.

“Ryan Holte is a cutting-edge scholar and a dedicated teacher, and he has already made a significant positive impact in his short time at Akron Law,” said Christopher J. Peters, dean of the law school. “We are proud to have Professor Holte continuing to lead our highly rated intellectual property program while his confirmation process moves forward. He will be an outstanding judge.”

Akron Law’s program in intellectual property law has been ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and has received an “A” grade from preLaw Magazine. Holte will continue to teach and direct the school’s IP Center during his confirmation process and would take his seat on the court upon confirmation by the Senate.

Holte is the recipient of two nonresident Thomas Edison Innovation Fellowships from the George Mason University School of Law, and a grant from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, to support research and writing on intellectual property topics. Holte’s recent articles focus on patent-related topics with particular attention to patent assertion entities (or "patent trolls"), equitable remedies in patent litigation and empirical legal studies. His work has been published in the Washington Law Review, Akron Law Review, Chapman University Law Review and St. Louis University Law Journal.

Holte received a Juris Doctor at the University of California Davis School of Law, where he served as staff editor of the UC Davis Business Law Journal. He received a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in engineering at the California Maritime Academy, where he was a First Class graduate of the California Maritime Academy Corps of Cadets Third Engineering Division.

Prior to entering academia, Holte practiced as a litigation attorney at the United States Federal Trade Commission, an associate in the Intellectual Property Practice Group at the Jones Day law firm, and a patent prosecutor at the Finnegan law firm. He served as a law clerk to Judge Loren A. Smith on the United States Court of Federal Claims – the court to which he has now been named to be nominated – and then to Judge Stanley F. Birch Jr. on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

As established by Congress in 1855, the purpose of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims is to allow citizens to file claims for money against the federal government. The court may hear a variety of specialized claims including contract claims, bid protests, military pay claims, civilian pay claims, tax claims, and patent and copyright claims. The court consists of sixteen judges nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate for a term of fifteen years.


Bill Andrew, '78-MET
September 28,  2017

I’m still with Chevron Shipping in San Ramon.  It’s hard to believe but I’ve been here 30 years, and I’ve been VP Operations since 2015.  My wife Sally and I have been married for 38 years, and we have three adult children: Elizabeth - 22, studying Geology at University of the Pacific;  Tom – 27, a Computer Engineer, working in Silicon Valley; and Bill 31, a Mechanical Engineer working in Boulder, Colorado.


Peter Veasey, '78-D
August 22, 2017

Just retired from the MM&P and now working at Cal Maritime as a Sim operator. Just finished a wonderful 2017 Cal Maritime cruise. 


Austin Gearty '17-MT
August 18, 2017

Austin Gearty MT'17 & Chrissy Edmiston GSMA '16 representing the Cal Maritime Alum as two new graduate students apart of the inaugural RIPTIDES cohort on our pursuit of a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Marine and Estuarine Sciences. Our studies will take place at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Sciences, which is an extension of San Francisco State University. Chrissy will be studying marine invasive species in the Carpenter Lab while I will be studying zooplankton/food web ecology in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in the Kimmerer lab. I am absolutely ecstatic for this opportunity and be part of such an amazing community of people and scientists. 


 

Scott Tedmus
August 17, 2017

My first child, Easton Tedmus, was born June 19, 2017.

 



John Gray, '12-ME
August 4, 2017

Project Engineer and alumnus, John Gray, was recently featured in Bay Crossings for his work at Golden Gate Ferry. Read more >> 



Ryan Holte, '05-FET
July 20, 2017

Ryan recently accepted a position with The University of Akron School of Law as Chair of the Intellectual Property Center. Read more >> 



John Betz, '76
July 10, 2017

 

Piloting Ships in Restricted Visibility >>

 



Joel Buffa '11-MT
July 7, 2017

 

Five generations harness wind, sail, ocean for legendary Transpac race to Hawaii >>

 



Conrad Metzenberg '07-MT
July 3, 2017

My wife and I just had our first kid, Madison, and I enrolled back at Cal Maritime for the masters in engineering and transportation management program.



Ryan Holte, '05-FET
June 29, 2017

Ryan and his wife, Jessica, welcomedtheir little boy, Harvey Ryan Holte, into the world on 2/23 at 2:11pm.



John Cade '54-MET
May 30, 2017

 

Streeper's 39th Annual "Open Garden"



Ralph Day '71-E
May 24, 2017

 
LCDR Ralph D. Day, USN, (ret.) (E71) and CAPT Daniel Dwyer, USN (D88) at the unveiling of the marker commemorating the arrival of the US Destroyer Group 8 to Ireland as the first Navy contingent in WWI


CAPT Daniel Dwyer, USN (D88) (far left) and LCDR Ralph D. Day, USN, (ret.) (far right) at the unveiling of the marker.



Sheila LaFleur '02-MT
May 24, 2017

Hey maritime friends. I'm happy to announce the official launch of my professional resume writing business! This business started about 7 years ago and grew strictly by word of mouth referral. I have had such great success in helping people secure the interview and land their desired job and it all starts with a polished and targeted resume. If you don't need this service now, it's only a matter of time until you do! Shoot me a message or follow the prompts on the website to find out more! http://www.jobpropeller.com

 
Cal Maritime President Tom Cropper has appointed Barend (Piet) Van Os to the California State University Alumni Council Board. Members of the board work as a representative voice of the CSU's three million alumni and play an active role in helping to shape CSU policy and participate in strategic decision-making. 
 

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Did you know that the U.S. Department of Education recently released findings that show Cal Maritime graduates have the highest average earnings of any California university ten years after enrollment and they have the seventh highest in the U.S.?

 

Did you know that the U.S. Department of Education recently released findings that show Cal Maritime graduates have the highest average earnings of any California university ten years after enrollment and they have the seventh highest in the U.S.?
 

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