Please join the Hampton Roads Section for our February Section Meeting at the Hampton Yacht Club!
This month's speaker will be Elspeth McMahon, Associate Vice President for Maritime Initiatives at Old Dominion University. ODU’s Maritime Initiatives is fulfilling a crucial gap in the Hampton Roads region by pursuing and focusing on research, workforce development, curriculum development, and industry outreach in the maritime space.
Elspeth McMahon is Old Dominion University’s inaugural Associate Vice President for Maritime Initiatives. She has nearly twenty years of dynamic experience in the commercial, military, and education sectors of the maritime industry. McMahon is currently a Commander in the United States Navy Reserves and has extensive experience working for Military Sealift Command as a Strategic Sealift Officer. She holds a USCG Chief Mate’s License and has sailed commercially for Maersk Lines, Limited.
With a passion for maritime education and training, she spent almost a decade as an Assistant Professor in the Marine Transportation Department at the State University of New York Maritime College. There, she educated the next generation of licensed deck officers, teaching everything from Leadership to Ship Stability and Cargo Operations.
McMahon holds an undergraduate degree in Maritime Transportation from Massachusetts Maritime Academy, a Master’s Degree in International Transportation Management from the State University of New York Maritime College, and a Master’s Degree in Maritime and Air Transport Management specializing in maritime research from the University of Antwerp, Belgium. She is nearing the completion of her doctoral degree in Nautical Sciences at the University of Antwerp and Antwerp Maritime Academy, where she is focusing on the future roles and training of mariners with the onset of autonomous shipping. McMahon is now working to make ODU a leader in all things maritime, both in the Hampton Roads region and beyond.