Faculty & Staff Directory

Division Administration

  • Paul Herrick (Division Director)
    Paul Herrick

    Paul Herrick

    Director
    peherrick@alaska.edu
    907-786-7211

    Paul has been involved in aviation education for 30 years as a professor and in various administrative positions. He has also been employed as a mechanic, pilot, aircraft designer and in the flight test environment. His career enjoyment stems from the people he meets ranging from students entering the field, to having worked with many true aviation visionaries.


    Master of Technology; Aeronautical Engineering Technology (Arizona State)

    Bachelor of Science; Industrial Technology, Aeronautics (Utah State)

    FAA Mechanic and Commercial Pilot certificates

  • Marcus Brown (Student Success Advisor)
     

    Marcus Brown

    Student Success Advisor
    mbrow197@alaska.edu
    907-786-7250

    Marcus has worked in aviation administration for 9 years, 5 of which were at the UPS Anchorage Flight Training Center.  He is now in his fifth year at UAA.  Marcus has admitted he has a coffee problem, and is currently making efforts to cut back.  His favorite part of being a Student Success Advisor is giving simulator tours and helping students reach their career goals.  


    Bachelor of Science in English, Private Pilot Certificate

 

Faculty

Piloting and Aviation Management

  • Brian Keller
    Brian Keller

    Brian Keller

    Assistant Professor
    blkeller3@alaska.edu
    907-786-7215


    Master of Aeronautical Science Degree, Operations and Management, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

    Bachelor of Science Degree, Political Science with Minor in Spanish, U.S. Air Force Academy

    Commercial Pilot Certificate; Multi Engine Fight Instructor

  • Jim Mullin
     Photo of Jim Mullin

    Jim Mullin

    Assistant Professor
    jfmullin@alaska.edu
    907-786-7222


    Jim has been teaching with UAA since the Fall Semester of 2017. He teaches Introduction to Aviation Technology, Aircraft Accident Investigation, Airport Operations, as well as pilot ground schools.  He serves as a flight instructor teaching primarily instrument and commercial pilot flying.   

     
    Jim proudly serves as the Honorary Commander for Detachment 1, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, here at UAA, supporting the detachment staff and our cadets on their journey to become US Air Force commissioned officers.
     
    Community Service:
    Jim serves as President of the Alaska Search and Rescue Association and on the boards of directors of the Alaska Emergency Management Association and the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group. He is active in search and rescue (SAR) management and field operations in Alaska, working regularly with the Alaska State Troopers and the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center on ground and aeronautical search and rescue operations.
     

    Education:
    Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL, 1998
    Master of Public Administration, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, 1997
    Bachelor of Science, Government and Politics, University of Maryland, Okinawa, Japan, 1990
     
    Aviation Credentials:
    Commercial Pilot, Single Engine Land and Sea, Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)/Instrument (CFII), US Parachute Associate Master Parachutist, Small UAS Commercial Pilot.
     
    Jim is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel with nearly 28 years on active duty as an enlisted member and officer in logistics, aircraft maintenance, command and control, and acquisition program management. His highest military award is the Bronze Star for service in Afghanistan.
  • Ishmael Cremer
     Ishmael Cremer

    Ishmael Cremer

    Assistant Professor
    iacremer@alaska.edu
    907-786-7216


     Dr. Ishmael Cremer comes with a diverse background in aviation, science, and aeronautical education.  Ishmael earned a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Science at the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Engineering at KAUST, and a PhD in Aviation Sciences at FIT.  Ishmael moved into a faculty position within the College of Aeronautics teaching various courses at the undergraduate, graduate, and online level. During his time at Florida Tech he developed the Aviation Environmental Program and was highly involved with the online and international aviation degrees. His research interests have been in Human Factors, Team-Training in Unmanned Aerial Operations, and Aviation Sustainability. Ishmael moved with his family to Anchorage in 2019. He and his wife enjoy exploring Alaska through flying, hiking, camping, scuba diving, and nature photography.

     

Air Traffic Control

  • Sharon LaRue
    Sharon LaRue

    Sharon LaRue

    Associate Professor
    sllarue@alaska.edu
    907-786-7218

    10 years as en-route air traffic controller, including oceanic and domestic control. Co-author of the textbook, "A Career in Air Traffic Control".


    Master of Adult Education

  • Michael Moravec
    Mike Moravec

    Michael Moravec

    Assistant Professor
    mjmoravec@alaska.edu
    (907) 786-7217


    M.S. Education Administration, University of Nebraska-Omaha

    B.S. Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    Retired Air Traffic Control Specialist, Federal Aviation Administration

    Anchorage ARTCC, Kansas City ARTCC

    Subject Matter Expert, Lead Instructor for Scientific Applications International Corporation (SAIC)

Aviation Maintenance Technology

  • David Helmso
    David Helmso

    David Helmso

    Assistant Professor
    djhelmso@alaska.edu
    907-786-7223


    Bachelor of Science, Business Administration / Management

    Associate of Applied Science, Aviation Maintenance Technology

    FAA Private Pilot, Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic certificates

    Air Surveillance / Weapons Control Officer, E-3 Sentry [AWACS] Aircrew, USAF [Retired]

    Docent, Pilot, A&P Mechanic, and Project Volunteer, Alaska Aviation Museum

    Founding Member, A&P Mechanic, and Project Volunteer, Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum

    Member, A&P Mechanic, and Project Volunteer, Commemorative Air Force

    Member, Alaska Airmen Association

     

  • Lou Nagy
    Lou Nagy

    Lou Nagy

    Professor
    lnagy@alaska.edu
    907-786-7214

    Professor Nagy’s aviation experience covers a wide variety of aircraft flown in Alaska. His specialty areas are business class aircraft and avionics. Professor Nagy has taught a wide range of aviation courses and currently focuses on turbine powered aircraft and electronic/electrical systems.


    AAS Aviation Maintenance Technology, AAS Electronics Technology, BS Technology, MS Vocational Education

    FAA Mechanic with Airframe & Powerplant, Inspection Authorization, Private Pilot certificates

    FAA Designated Mechanic Examiner

    FCC Radio Telephone license with RADAR endorsement

  • Wade Weiss
    Wade Weiss

    Wade Weiss

    Assistant Professor
    wweiss6@alaska.edu
    907-786-7209


    Master of Aeronautical Science – Aviation Aerospace Safety Systems, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

    Bachelor of Science – Mechanical Design Technology, Oklahoma State University

    Airframe and Powerplant Certificate – Aviation Maintenance Technology, University of Alaska Anchorage

     

  •  Levi Hohl
     Levi Hohl Profile Photo

    Levi Hohl

    Assistant Professor
    lmhohl@alaska.edu
    907-786-7208

    Levi began his aviation maintenance career at a young age out of necessity as a fishing guide in western Alaska. As a graduate of the UAA Aviation Maintenance program, he is thrilled to be back teaching where he was licensed and learned the craft. Levi enjoys flying, fly fishing and all of the incredible places all over Alaska that these pursuits take him.


     

    AAS Aviation Maintenance Technology, BS Technology

    FAA Mechanic with Airframe & Powerplant, Inspection Authorization & Private Pilot certificates

    U.S.C.G. Merchant Mariner Captains License

  • Scott Wasmer 
     
     Scott Wasmer

    Scott Wasmer

    Assistant Professor
    sawasmer@alaska.edu
    907-786-7213

    Scott began his career as an aviation maintainer with the US Navy in 1984, where he served as an avionics technician, maintenance controller, and maintenance supervisor.  Since leaving the Navy, he has worked in Part 91, 135 and 145 aviation operations, and has served in management roles at both Part 135 and Part 121 airlines, as well as Part 145 repair stations.  He has also owned his own Alaskan business specializing in mobile aircraft electrical and avionics maintenance.  

    Scott is an avid adventurer and a skilled communicator.  In his spare time, he enjoys tying flies, writing stories, and venturing into the Alaskan outdoors.

 

Support Staff

Aviation Maintenance Technology

  • Michael Chamberlain
    Michael Chamberlain

    Michael Chamberlain

    Lead Lab Technician
    mrchamberlain@alaska.edu
    907-786-7242


    FAA Airframe and Powerplant Certificates, Inspection Authorization

    NDI qualifications: Magnetic Particle, Dye Penetrant & Eddy Current Inspection

    Adjunct Professor & tutor for maintenance students

    Student Pilot

    State of Alaska Registered Hunting Guide & 25 Ton Masters license for inland waters
     

  • Connor Paulson
    Connor Paulson

    Connor Paulson

    Lab/Support Technician
    ccpaulson@alaska.edu
    907-786-7213

    Connor started his career in aviation maintenance in 2011 and acquired his A&P certificate in 2013.  Currently he is employed by the University of Alaska, Aviation Maintenance Technology and works part time as an NDT inspector for Alaskan Aircraft Engines.  Connor is also taking classes through UAA Auto Diesel Technology and plans to acquire a Diesel mechanic certificate.


    FAA Airframe and Powerplant Certificates, Level 2 NDT Inspector
     

Flight Operations

  • Greg Stoddard
    Greg Stoddard

    Greg Stoddard

    Chief Flight Instructor
    gestoddard@alaska.edu
    907-786-7231

    Greg took private pilot ground school at UAA and received his pilot certificate in 1984.  He been flight instructing for almost thirty years. He currently has nearly 7,000 flight hours, mostly in Alaska. He has flown the 'bush' and has instructed many pilots over the years for various certificates, ratings and endorsements, including float, ski and tail wheel operations and authorizations.

    He has been teaching at UAA since 2001 and became Chief Flight Instructor for our FAA part 141 flight school in 2003. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate and Flight Instructor Certificate with Multi-engine and Instrument Airplane Ratings. He is also a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE), operating through the Anchorage area FSDO.

    The Professional Piloting program focuses on producing instrument-rated commercial pilots and flight instructors in single and multi-engine airplanes. The vast majority of Greg's flying is done in support of this effort.

    Greg owns a Cessna 150 and enjoys flying to off-airport areas when the weather permits and the fish are calling. He has been a ‘Ham Radio’ operator since the age of 9. He also plays several musical instruments and has written many songs. Whether flying or playing instruments, Greg enjoys rising to the challenges they bring.

     


    Airline Transport Pilot: Airplane multiengine land

    Commercial privileges airplane single engine land & sea

    Flight Instructor: Airplane single and multiengine; instrument airplane

    Ground Instructor: Advanced, Instrument

    FAA Designated Pilot Examiner: All pilot and instructor certificates/ratings except ATP
     

  • Paul Deits
    Paul Deits

    Paul Deits

    Asst. Chief Flight Instructor
    pdeits@alaska.edu
    907-786-7236


    Airline Transport Pilot

    Certified Flight Instructor

    Ground Instructor

    Flight Engineer
     

  • Derk MacPherson
     Derk MacPherson

    Derk MacPherson

    Flight Operations Scheduling Officer 
    damacpherson@alaska.edu
    907-786-7251


    Derk is a long time aviation enthusiast who started his flight training in 1987 in San Diego, CA before enlisting in the US Air Force. After retiring from the USAF he enrolled in the UAA Piloting Program and earned his Private Pilot certificate in 2013.  He has worked as the Flight Operations Scheduling Officer for the UAA Professional Piloting program since 2019 , while also attending UAA to finish his degree in Aviation Technology (Piloting Emphasis). Derk also volunteers with the Civil Air Patrol as the Alaska Wing Director of Operations, helping with Search and Rescue missions, Aerospace Education, and the Cadet Program.

  • Chip Kell
    UAA Airplane

    Chip Kell

    Asst. Director of Aircraft Maintenance
    tgkell@alaska.edu
    907-786-7200


    Chip is a lifelong aviation enthusiast, who began his aviation career at the young age of 14 as a ramper in Eloy, AZ.  He went on to solo on his 16th birthday, and later flew professionally for Everts Air Cargo, Air Tahoma, Renown Aviation and Turf Soaring School.  Chip is a licensed Airframe & Powerplant mechanic with an FAA Inspection Authorization, and has worked in aircraft maintenance at United Airlines, as well as multiple flight schools and flight charter companies.  
     
    Chip's first priority as an aircraft maintainer is safety, and his favorite part of his job at UAA is helping students learn, grow, and overcome the challenges of becoming a pilot.  


     

  • Scott Sebastian
     Photo of Scott Sebastian, Lead Aircraft Mechanic

    Scott Sebastian

    Lead Aircraft Maintenance Technician
    907-786-7225

    Scott is an FAA Airframe and Powerplant rated mechanic and holds an FAA Inspection Authorization. He has worked with numerous types of general aviation aircraft. Scott has worked in Part 135 operations up to and including the job of Director of Maintenance. He currently works with Cessna 172, Piper PA-30/39, Diamond DA-20 C1, and Tecnam P2006T airframes.Associate of Applied

  • Rania A. Rollin
    Rania Rollin

    Rania A. Rollin

    Technician
    rarollin@alaska.edu

    Rania has worked with both general aviation and commercial aviation aircraft. She has worked in with Embraer 140 series and 170 series aircraft doing heavy maintenance, repair, and overhaul. She currently works with Cessna 172, Piper PA-30/39, Diamond DA-20 C1, and Tecnam P2006T airframes.


    Associate of Applied Science in Aircraft Maintenance, Texas State Technical College-West Texas.

    FAA Airframe and Powerplant certificate.

Simulations Unit (ATC & Flight)

  • Bryan Coffey
    Bryan Coffey

    Bryan Coffey

    ATC Instructional Support
    bkcoffey@alaska.edu
    907-786-7232

    Bryan has always had a passion for aviation and enjoys his work in the Aviation Technology Division.  After spending 10 years in Alaska he calls it his other home, his first home being New Zealand where he was raised.  When not working for the University he enjoys travelling the world.
     

  • Michael Workman
    Michael Workman

    Michael Workman

    Simulation/IT Engineer
    mcworkman@alaska.edu
    907-786-7228

    Mike began his career as an aviation maintenance technician for 13 years prior to coming to UAA.  He was hired by UAA in 2003 to oversee and maintain the Aviation Technology Division's simulation and IT operations.  He was part of the ADS-B Capstone team for 5 years, heading up handheld cockpit device and iridium research.  In that role, he also served as the designated ADS-B maintenance trainer for FAA and industry participants involved in the capstone program.  Mike also supports the Flight Operations Maintenance team in a variety of capacities.   


    Colorado Aero Tech, UAA and specialized training with Honeywell, Frasca, UFA, Garmin, Rockwell Collins, General Dynamics, Chelton, Bendix King, Microsoft, Cisco, and Hewlett Packard.

    FAA Airframe & Powerplant, Private Pilot and FCC certificates.

     

 

Map

Contact

UAA Aviation Technology Division
2811 Merrill Field Drive
Anchorage, AK  99501
United States
Tel: (907) 786-7200

Hours

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

Advising

Email Marcus Brown to schedule an advising appointment or group tour.