Faculty & Staff Directory
- Paul Herrick
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
- Mary Paye
- Jodi Pohl
- Marcus Brown
Student Success Coach
"Worked on staff at UPS Anchorage Flight Training Center prior to coming to UAA. Favorite part of my job is giving simulator tours and helping students reach their career goals. We'll be friends if you bring me coffee."
Bachelor of Science in English, Private Pilot Certificate
Aviation Administration & Management
- Raymond Weber
Raymond Weber is a graduate of the Univ. of North Dakota John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. While there he worked on several research projects and co-taught courses. He has worked as a professor of aviation at Kent State University.
He has worked on several research projects, including Weather in The Cockpit research and Hypoxia at Moderate Altitudes. His academic interests are safety, general aviation, human factors and general aviation flight.
Bachelor of Science, Commercial Aviation
Master of Science, Aviation
Ph.D., Educational Psychology
- Brian Keller
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
Air Traffic Control
- Sharon LaRue
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
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
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration / Management
Associate of Applied Science, Aviation Maintenance Technology
FAA Private Pilot, Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic certificates
Air Surveilance / 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
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
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
- Mark Madden
A Professor of Aviation at the University of Alaska Anchorage since 1998, Mark is the past Chairperson of UAA’s Professional Piloting Program. His responsibilities have included curriculum development and he is still actively involved as faculty in the classroom education of future professional and general aviation pilots as well as future aviation managers and administrators. His teaching responsibilities at UAA include various pilot and CFI ground schools, Commercial Aviation Safety, Advanced Navigation, Flying the Alaskan Bush, as well as several other courses. His pilot certificates and ratings include FAA Airline Transport Pilot - Airplane Multi-Engine Land, Commercial Privileges Airplane Single-Engine Land and Sea, FAR Part 107 sUAS Remote Pilot, and instructor certificates to include CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI, and IGI. Professor Madden is a five-time Master CFI, an FAA Gold Seal CFI, and is an FAA FAASTeam Lead Representative. Professor Madden was selected as the 2013 National FAASTeam Representative of the Year. He is a former pilot training technical writer for Jeppesen Sanderson and has logged several thousand flight hours as a professional pilot and instructor pilot. He is also sought out as an aircraft accident litigation expert witness.
B.S. Degree in Education; Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, 1973.
Omicron Delta Kappa – National Leadership Honor Society.
M.A. Degree with a double major in Management and Computer Data Management; Magna Cum Laude, Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri, 1984.
Associate of Applied Science Degree in Aviation Technology - Eastern Airlines’ Pilot Entry Ab Initio Airline First Officer Program; Cum Laude, Aims Community College, Greeley, Colorado, 1988.
Aviation Maintenance Technology
- Michael Chamberlain
Lead Lab Technician
FAA Airframe and Powerplant Certificates, Inspection Authorization
NDI qualifications: Magnetic Particle, Dye Penetrant & Eddy Current Inspection
Adjunct Professor & tutor for maintenance students
State of Alaska Registered Hunting Guide & 25 Ton Masters license for inland waters
- T.J. Manolas
Aircraft Technology Stores Manager
Bachelors of Science, Technology, University of Alaska Anchorage
Associates of Applied Science, Aviation Maintenance Technology, University of Alaska Anchorage
FAA Airframe and Powerplant Certificates, Inspection Authorization
40 hour HAZWOPER
30 hour OSHA Training
15 plus years of aviation industry experience.
- Connor Paulson
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
- Greg Stoddard
Chief Flight Instructor
"I took private pilot ground school at UAA and received my pilot certificate in 1984. I’ve been flight instructing for almost thirty years. I currently have nearly seven thousand flight hours mostly in Alaska. I've flown the 'bush' and have instructed many pilots over the years for various certificates, ratings and endorsements including float, ski and tail wheel operations and authorizations.
I've been teaching at UAA since 2001 and became chief flight instructor for our FAA part 141 flight school in 2003. I hold an airline transport pilot certificate and flight instructor certificate with multi-engine and instrument airplane ratings. I'm also a designated pilot examiner (DPE) operating through the Anchorage area FSDO.
The professional piloting division of the Aviation Technology Center focuses on producing instrument rated commercial pilots and flight instructors in single and multi-engine airplanes. The vast majority of my flying is done in support of this effort.
I own a Cessna 150 and enjoy flying to off-airport areas when the weather permits and the fish are calling. I’ve been a ‘Ham Radio’ operator since the age of nine. I also play several musical instruments and have written many songs. You may say that I'm a ''regular Beethoven'', but the possibility does exist that you may not. Whether flying or playing instruments, I try to rise to the challenges they bring but do so with full knowledge that there's always going to be someone out there better at both than me, and dare I suggest, more than one?"
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
- Randy Dooley
Preparing students for piloting careers in professional aviation. Over 20 years in the
Aviation industry. Graduate from the US Army Rotary Wing Aviator Course and the US
Army Maintenance Test Pilot Course.
- Paul Deits
- Jim Mullin
Asst. Director of Flight Operations
Over a 28-year career he served overseas in Asia and the Middle East and commanded four Air Force squadrons ranging from 400 to 1,250 people with up to $1.2B in resources. Jim is an active and recognized leader in Alaska aeronautical and mountain search and rescue supporting the Alaska State Troopers and the US Air Force. Jim serves on the boards of directors of the Alaska Search and Rescue Association (ASARA) and Alaska Emergency Management Association (AKEMA). He performs field operations and search and rescue management with Alaska Mountain Rescue Group and serves as a search and rescue incident commander and course instructor with the Alaska Incident Management Team for SAR. Jim has received multiple awards for search and rescue since his retirement from the Air Force. His many military awards include the Bronze Star medal for service in Afghanistan.
BS, Government and Politics (Univ of Maryland)
Master of Public Administration (University of Oklahoma)
Graduate of the Air Command and Staff College (Air University)
- Chip Kell
- Rania A. Rollin
Rania A. Rollin
Rania has worked with both general aviation and commercial aviation aircraft. She has worked in with Embraer 140 series and 170 series aircrafts doing heavy maintenance, repair, and overhaul. She currently works with Cessna 172, Piper PA-30/38, 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
ATC Instructional Support
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
Began career in avionics and aviation maintenance for 13 years. Hired by UAA in 2003 to oversee and maintain the Aviation Technology Division simulation, IT missions; was part of the ADS-B Capstone team for 5 years heading up the handheld devices in the cockpit and iridium research. This also included being the designated ADS-B maintenance trainer for the Alaska FAA and Industry that was part of the Capstone program. Also has an active role with UAA’s aircraft.
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.
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