Rob Swanbeck joined Maritime Institute in 2014 shortly after retiring from Military Sealift Command (MSC). He graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY in 1980 after first pursuing pre-medical B.S. studies at Case Western Reserve University (1973-1976) in Cleveland, OH. He sailed with MSC in several capacities (3rd Mate to Chief Mate) on several different platform types including oilers, T-AGOS, fleet tugs, and survey vessels from 1980 to 1987 before coming ashore with the MSC organization as Port Captain with the T-AGOS Project Office. After MSC’s reorganization he became Operations Manager for MSC’s PM23 Special Missions Support Office. He obtained his USCG Master, Steam & Motor Vessels, Any Gross Tons upon Oceans license in 1986. He spent a 30-year career in the Naval Reserve retiring in 2010 with the rank of Captain (O-6). He has had many teaching assignments during his naval career including shiphandling at the Amphibious School, Little Creek, VA and working with Midshipmen at the Naval Academy in the YP program in the capacity of Officer-in-Charge. Rob really enjoys teaching primarily to give back to younger generations coming up behind him. When he’s not teaching, he enjoys recreational boating, sailing, golfing, and reading.