Conference Organizing Committee

Dr. Michael E. Holden Conference Chair – Dr. Michael E. Holden, Cal Maritime
Michael Holden is a professor in the Mechanical Engineering department at California State University Maritime Academy, where he has been a faculty member since 2007.  He primarily teaches courses in subjects related to mechatronics, instrumentation, and electronics.  He has a background in autonomous aircraft design, and works with Cal Maritime students on research related to autonomous vessels, remote sensing, and data management.
Fred W. Pot Secretary – Mr. Fred W. Pot, AFNI, Principal, Marine Management Consulting
Mr. Pot has over 20 years’ management experience with ship owning companies including Matson Navigation Company, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises. Early in his career he was Managing Director of a ship weather routing company in the UK. Later he started a company that developed and introduced AIS receivers for pleasure boats. Mr. Pot specializes in managing ITC projects turning general user requirements into detailed system specifications (including data modeling), managing systems development, operational testing, user training and implementation.

Mr. Pot has over 15 years’ experience with developing standards for the maritime industry. He was a Member of the Technical Advisory Group to the U.S. Coast Guard during development of AIS, INS and Secure LAN standards participating in several IEC Working Groups. Early in the development of e-Navigation, he rendered high-level system design services to the Chair of IMO’s Correspondence Group on e-Navigation and, as an Industrial Member of IALA, is currently involved in development of Guidelines for a Common Shore-based System Architecture for VTS authorities and is leading a group developing a Guideline for streamlining vessel shore reporting.

Mr. Robert S. ArpMember – Mr. Robert S. Arp, Cal Maritime

Member – Capt. Stephen Browne, Cal Maritime
Captain Browne earned Bachelor of Arts in Computer Studies and Master of Engineering Management degrees from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a surface warfare officer of the United States Navy. After eight years of naval service, he transitioned to the United States Merchant Marine, and served, ultimately, as Master of the passenger ship MV Doulos. Currently, he serves as Professor of Marine Transportation at the California State University Maritime Academy in Vallejo, CA. He is the author of Nautical Rules of the Road, 4th edition and numerous scholarly papers.
Capt. Robert G. Moore Member – Capt. Robert G. Moore, FNI, USCG (Ret)
Robert G. Moore retired in 2002 as President of Coastwatch, Inc., a maritime consulting firm specializing in the application of technology to coastal zone management. He has more than 40 years of experience in maritime and international affairs. He is a master mariner and a retired U. S. Coast Guard officer with a background in ship operations and marine navigation. During his Coast Guard career Captain Moore served at sea for fifteen years, commanding four ships including two polar icebreakers. Ashore, he served as Military Readiness/Operations Program Manager, represented the United States at international conferences, managed multination navigation systems and, seconded to the State Department, was an advisor to the Government of Somalia in maritime law enforcement. He served as a member of the Marine Board’s Committee on Maritime Advanced Information Systems and the Transportation Research Board’s Committee evaluating Display of Automatic Identification Systems. He is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute and an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation.
Capt. Stephen BrowneMember – Capt. Samuel R. Pecota, MNI,
Interim Academic Dean, Cal Maritime

Captain Pecota, a 1980 graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY, spent twenty years at sea, predominantly in the hopper dredging industry. He obtained his unlimited master mariner’s license in 1984 and served as master of the 20,000-ton hopper dredge Stuyvesant from 1989-2000. He joined the faculty at Cal Maritime as a lecturer in 2001. He received an M.A. in Transportation Management from American Military University in 2005. He is author of the textbook Radar Observer Manual (6th Ed., 2006) and numerous technical papers on e-Navigation delivered at several international conferences.

Sam specializes in radar and other marine electronics, and the development of new Maritime Education and Training pedagogies, with special emphasis on practiced-based learning through simulation. He served as the Chair of the Marine Transportation Department from 2009-2011. Since 2009, Sam has led in the development of an experimental Augmented Reality Head-Up Display navigation device currently using Microsoft’s HoloLens as its hardware platform. In 2013, Sam became one of two Cal Maritime faculty members awarded the title “Distinguished Professor” for his research and scholarly work. In 2014 he served as Conference Chair of “e-Navigation Underway North America,” an international conference dealing with the latest developments in marine navigation equipment and vessel control systems, held on the Cal Maritime campus. In addition to Interim Academic Dean, he also serves as Director of Simulation (since 2013), Relief Master of the Training Ship Golden Bear (since 2011) and Council Member of the Nautical Institute, the governing body of the international organization for maritime professional based in London, England (since 2014).