Shashi N. Kumar, Ph.D., Master Mariner
Dr. Kumar (Ph.D., University of Wales; MS, Maine Maritime Academy; Graduate, Indian Maritime Academy) was appointed the USMMA Academic Dean on January 27, 2007. He is the 12th person to hold the Dean’s position at the Academy. In that capacity, he oversees all academic departments, professional development and career services; Registrar’s office and the dean’s office. He has also served three terms as the Academy’s Interim Superintendent.
Prior to joining USMMA, Dr. Kumar was the founding Dean of the Loeb-Sullivan School of International Business and Logistics at Maine Maritime Academy. He earned an unlimited Master Mariner (U.K.) certificate of competency and sailed extensively before entering academe. His areas of teaching and research include Maritime Economics, International Business Logistics, and Maritime Logistics. He is a founding member of the International Association of Maritime Economists and the International Association of Maritime Universities, and an Educator Member of the American Society of Transportation and Logistics.
Prof. Kumar’s significant accomplishments include an award for excellence in teaching (1992), Transport Reviews’ 1st prize for new PhDs in transportation (1993), Maine International Innovator of the Year Award (1997), and Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellowship (1998-2006) for mentoring students. In October 2010, Dr. Kumar received Transportation Secretary’s Meritorious Award and Silver Medal for his outstanding leadership skills. Also in January 2009, the Maritime Administrator presented him the United States Merchant Marine Bronze Medal for Outstanding Achievement.
Prof. Kumar has published extensively and authors an annual review of the U.S. and World Merchant Marine (2004-current) for the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings. Dr. Kumar was granted the rank of Professor Emeritus at Maine Maritime Academy for exceptional services rendered as a faculty member and administrator over a twenty year period. He is a current Fulbright Senior Specialist (2012-2017) and recently completed a four-week assignment in the Republic of Ireland. He has held visiting professor appointments at the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, India, Memorial University in St. John’s, NF, Canada, the World Maritime University in Malmo, Sweden, the Shanghai Maritime University in Shanghai, China and the Pontifical Catholic University in Ponce, Puerto Rico.