David A. O'Neil Scholarship Recipient- Anthony D. Nigro
After graduating from Chaminade H.S. in Mineola, NY in 1987, Anthony Nigro received a B.E. in Marine Engineering and a Third Assistant Engineer U.S.C.G. license from the State University of New York Maritime College, Bronx, NY in 1991. Upon graduation Anthony sailed as Third, Second, First and Chief Engineer aboard numerous Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (M.E.B.A.) contracted vessels. Prior to retiring in 2012, Anthony was the permanent Chief Engineer of the MV Maersk Kentucky, a 56,800 horsepower container vessel, employed by Maersk Line Limited, Norfolk, VA. Anthony has gained experience on all types of vessels: tanker, container, car carrier, RO/RO, break bulk, LASH and passenger ships from steam and motor propulsion to newer technologies such as the electronic, common rail, Wartsila RTFLEX slow speed diesel engine. During his 21 year career at sea, Anthony contributed in Somalia Operation Restore Hope and Operation Iraqi Freedom and earned the Merchant Marine Expeditionary Award. Anthony holds a USCG Chief Engineer license of Steam, Motor and Gas Turbine Vessels, Unlimited horsepower.
Anthony is presently employed as an Assistant Professor of Marine Engineering at the USMMA in Kings Point, NY where he has the unique privilege of educating and training young men and women for careers in the Maritime Industry. His subject areas are lower and upper division engineering courses, including: Introduction to Marine Engineering, Marine Engineering I, Marine Engineering 2, Internal Combustion Engines, Strength of Materials, Materials Engineering Laboratory and Chemistry for Marine Engineers. With the Maritime Industry constantly evolving; Anthony believes it is necessary for an engineer to continually pursue education. This is evidenced throughout his career with many courses taken at the M.E.B.A. Calhoon Engineering School. Since Anthony has retired from his career at sea, he is now able to fulfill his long time goal of obtaining a Master of Science in Marine Engineering. Anthony is presently enrolled in the MMarE program at the USMMA, Kings Point NY and is expected to graduate in 2016. Anthony has been an active member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers since 2012 and resides in Manhasset Hills, NY.