New mechanical technology faculty hired

After the retirement of long-time faculty member Drew "Obie" O'Brien last spring, the mechanical technology lab at the Kenai River Campus has sat vacant awaiting a new instructor to take the helm.


Director Gary Turner recently announced that a highly qualified replacement has been hired. Shawn Taplin has accepted a term position as KRC assistant professor of mechanical technology.

Taplin comes full circle from earning a KPC mechanical technology certificate in 2003 when he begins teaching in the 2012 spring semester. He served one year as an apprentice machinist for Dukowitz Machine and worked as a journeyman machinist at the Tesoro Refinery for eight years. Taplin has a bachelor of business administration in management from UAS. In addition to many hours of professional training and certifications in the industrial field, Taplin pursued an engineering degree at Embry Riddle University and is currently admitted into the Master of Arts in teaching program at UAA.

Taplin will be teaching introduction to machine shop and blueprint reading classes in the upcoming spring semester.
Mark the calendar for the 2011 Art Extravaganza
The KRC Art Students' League Association will hold its annual fund raiser, the 2011 Annual Art Extravaganza, from 6-9 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center. Admission is $5 per person and $10 for families.
For more information about the event, contact Celia Anderson, KRC associate professor of art, at 262-0361 or Brandi Kerley, ASLA treasurer, at 262-0373.
UAA/KPC radiological tech and ultrasound tech informational, advising sessions scheduled
There will be an informational session about the UAA/KPC radiological technology associate of applied science degree and UAA's new ultrasound technology program at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 9. in KRC's Ward Building room 109. The session will cover the application and admission processes, prerequisites needed for the programs and discuss how the programs operate with Central Peninsula Hospital. Individual 15 minute advising sessions for the radiology tech program will begin at 11 a.m. and slots can be reserved by signing up in KRC Student Services at 262-0330.

For more information, contact Dr. David Wartinbee at 262-0377.

KRC process technology program exploring green energy education
In an effort to stay abreast of the latest developments in the field of alternative energy, Jeffrey Laube, KRC assistant professor of process technology, recently attended the Alaska Rural Energy Conference in Juneau.

The conference title this year was "Energy Pathways to Alaska's Future." The event was organized by the Alaska Energy Authority and the Alaska Center for Energy and Power to create a forum for energy stakeholders to share ideas and information with the goal of promoting economic development, environmental sustainability and energy security for Alaskans.

Presentations were provided by major energy stakeholders in Alaska and energy projects throughout the state were reviewed. Projects discussed included a tidal energy study in Nikiski, the Fire Island wind turbine installation and a geothermal study near Mount Spur across Cook Inlet. Tours of a hydroelectric facility and a methane gas collection system at the Juneau landfill were included in the conference schedule.
This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, Advancement Programs Manager at Kenai Peninsula College.