Maritime Informatics is underway at Cal Maritime!

Maritime Informatics merges maritime subject material with modern data processing tools such as Python and ChatGPT’s application program interface. Current initiatives within the global Maritime Informatics space include vessel tracking, fleet management, and sustainability initiatives.

The purpose of Cal Maritime's Maritime Informatics class is to prepare license-track students to meet the demand for maritime subject matter experts (MSMEs) within the maritime informatics space, which is growing at a 20 percent compounded annual growth rate.

Shown with cadets Reef and Amann is Christian Lau, co-founder of DynamoFL, who recently closed a Series A fundraiser of $15 million.

"Our students are preparing for the new reality of today’s high-tech, interconnected maritime industry," said Steve Browne, dean of the School of Maritime Transportation, Logistics, and Management. "This new course will equip these 21st century mariners with the 21st century skills that they will need to succeed in their careers. Marine Transportation Professor Jordan Taylor and our outstanding faculty here at Cal Maritime are doing really great work and giving our students a cutting-edge maritime education."

The class merges problem solving, teamwork, and cutting-edge technical skills which are among the top attributes that employers are searching for with college graduates. It was developed with the help and encouragement of Dean Browne, Capt. Tamara Burback, and Graduate Director Kathy Arnold.

In addition to regular lectures, the class seeks to obtain industry collaboration. Pictured above at Microsoft Reactor in San Francisco is Cal Maritime's 2/C Amann Au, 2/C Reef Hugoboom, and Christian Lau, co-founder of DynamoFL, who recently closed a Series A fundraiser of $15 million. Another trip is being planned to Github in San Francisco during the month of February.

Starting Thursday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. there will be recurring labs at the Simulation building that will help students get started in coding. All are welcome to attend. 

Photos submitted by Marine Transportation Professor Jordan Taylor who also contributed to this story.


learn more about the School of Maritime Transportation, Logistics, and Management

Established in 1929, California State University Maritime Academy is the only degree-granting maritime academy on the West Coast. Located in Vallejo, California, the campus offers undergraduate degrees that prepare students for careers in engineering, transportation, international relations, business, and global logistics. Cal Maritime also offers a master’s degree in Transportation and Engineering Management, as well as a number of extended learning programs and courses.