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Faculty & Staff Directory

Automotive Technology

  • David Palecek


     David Palececk

    David Palecek

    Assistant Professor

    David Palecek is Assistant Professor of Automotive Technology, having recently joined UAA from Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College in South Carolina. Prior to his teaching career David spent 17 years as an ASE Certified Master technician and Nissan Master Technician. David is a first-generation college graduate, having earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Carolina and an AAS from Midlands Technical College.

  • Kelly Smith


     Kelly Smith

    Kelly Smith

    Assistant Professor
    ADT 203C

    Kelly Smith is an Assistant Professor of Automotive Technology at UAA. He has been a fulltime member of the faculty since 1998, after teaching part-time since 1988. He entered the field of automotive and diesel technology through a love of motorsports. Kelly has been an ASE Master Automotive Technician since 1987. He has dealership experience with multiple vehicle manufacturers, as well as in aftermarket facilities. Kelly is a first-generation college graduate, having earned a Master of Science in Career and Technical Education from UAA, as well as the Associate of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science in Technology.

  •  Richard Hale


     Richard Hale

    Richard Hale
    Term Instructor
    ADT 203A

    Richard Hale, Term Instructor of Automotive Technology,
    recently joined our full-time faculty after teaching as an adjunct
    instructor. Richard has a 32 year career in the automotive
    industry. He holds a number of certifications from A.S.E. Master Certification, General Motors STG, HKS (engine management

     “Richard, together with his wife, have run a successful
    automotive repair facility for 23 years.”

Welding & Nondestructive Testing Technology

  • Greg Russo ~Chair Weld/NDT


     Greg Russo

    Greg Russo

    Term Instructor
    GHH 111A

    Gregory Russo, Instructor of Welding and NDT, has served at UAA since 2017, having previously served as an instructor and later as Quality Assurance Manager for Northern Industrial Training. Greg has worked a variety of large-scale construction projects under US Naval Architecture; during his time with Northrup Grumman in Mississippi he was one of a small number of crews selected to repair the USS Cole after she suffered a terrorist attack in Yemen. He holds numerous certifications through the American Welding Society, (AWS) the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) and is currently pursuing degrees through UAA.

  • Eli Van Ringelenstein


     Eli Van Ringelenstein

    Eli Van Ringelenstein

    Assistant Professor
    GHH 111B

    Eli Van Ringelenstein is Assistant Professor of Welding & NDT, having previously served as Instructor since 1998. He holds numerous certifications through the American Petroleum Institute, (API) the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) and the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER), plus an AAS in Welding Technology.

Diesel Power Technology

  • Nate Berry



    Nate Berry 
    Term Assistant Professor
    ADT 203B 

    Nate Berry, Term Assistant Professor of Diesel Power Technology, recently joined our faculty after teaching as an adjunct instructor.  Nate completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Technologies Leadership and the Diesel Power Technology program through UAA.  Nate holds a number of certifications in the ASE-T Series, Class A CDL and HVAC Section 609. 


Automotive & Diesel Power Technology - Physical Location

(ADT) Auto Diesel Technology Building
2460 West Campus Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
United States
T: 907-786-6475 or 907-786-6185
F: 907-786-4637 

Welding & Nondestructive Testing Technology - Physical Location

(GHH) Gordon Hartlieb Hall, RM 111
3300 Seawolf Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
United States
T: 907-786-1800
F: 907-786-4637 



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