Dr. David Palmer selected as USMMA department head

Above, Dr. David J. Palmer, the new Head of the Department of Engineering at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.


(LONG ISLAND, NY — October 24, 2007) Dr. David J. Palmer of Seaford, Long Island, NY, has been named Head of the Department of Engineering at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA).

He will lead a department that trains Academy midshipmen as marine engineers and prepares them for the USCG-administered license examination in engineering.

Palmer, a 1991 USMMA graduate, has been a member of the federal maritime school’s faculty since 1995. He most recently served as the Academy’s Assistant Academic Dean and as an Associate Professor teaching engineering classes.

In addition to holding a Bachelor’s degree from the USMMA, Palmer earned both a Master’s degree and a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from Brooklyn Polytechnic University.

Palmer, who holds the rank of Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, is also a graduate of the Navy’s Nuclear Power Program, where he was certified as an Engineering Officer of the Watch, a Nuclear Plant Engineer and a Senior Engineering Duty Officer.

Palmer has received the U.S. Maritime Administration’s Star for Extraordinary Contribution and was selected for the Federal Executive Board’s Employee of the Year Award.

By Professional Mariner Staff