Seawolf Advisory!

On Dec. 11, our Facilities and Campus Services team was made aware of a pothole that shut down the westbound lanes of Northern Lights Boulevard between UAA Drive and Career Center Drive. It has since been upgraded to a sinkhole, and the lanes will remain closed for an undetermined amount of time while crews repair the damage. We anticipate the closure will extend through the week.

Finals week is a very stressful time for students. Students, please know that your professors have been made aware of the situation. Please communicate with them any delays you may experience due to this issue. We know this is an unexpected traffic challenge. Please take a deep breath. We want you to have a smooth and safe finals week.

Faculty & Staff Directory

Automotive Technology

  • David Palececk


     David Palececk

    David Palececk

    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

    Assistant Professor
    ADT 203C

  • Randal Smith



    Randal Smith

    Term Instructor
    ADT 203A

Welding & Nondestructive Testing Technology

  • Greg Russo


     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


Automotive & Diesel Power Technology - Physical Location

(ADT) Auto Diesel Technology Building
2460 West Campus Drive
Anchorage, AK  99508
United States
Tel: 907-786-6475
Fax: 907- 786-4637


Welding & Nondestructive Testing Technology - Physical Location 

(GHH) Gordon Hartlieb Hall, Rm 111
3300 Seawolf Drive
Anchorage, AK  99508
United States
Tel: 907- 786-1800
Fax: 907- 786-4637




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