- MS in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, University of New Orleans, 1985
- BS in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 1981
- Professional Engineer, Louisiana, No. E-26614, issued 1996
Sam Charters has worked in the Gulf Coast marine industry for over 30 years as a naval architect, marine engineer, and technical manager for shipyards, marine consulting firms, and as an independent consultant. He specializes in ship design, marine piping systems, and technical project leadership.