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Technical Education Center

600 Stedman Street

Ketchikan, AK 99901

Diana Chaudhary

Maritime Coordinator

Phone: 228-4568 Fax: 225-3895

Email:

Career Education: Marine Transportation

Technical Education Center, Room 107

Ketchikan Campus

8 am - 1 pm

1983: Bachelor of Science. California Maritime Academy, Nautical Industrial Technology.

USCG License:
Third Mate, Unlimited
100 Ton Master
Able Seaman Unlimited

Delta Kappa Gamma

Master 100 Ton/OUPV
Master 200 Ton Upgrade
Able Seaman
Proficiency in Survival Craft
Boating without the Boys
First Aid/CPR/AED for the Mariner

Ms. Chaudhary worked as an Adjunct Professor for UAS from 2006-2008 and joined UAS as part-time Maritime Coordinator in 2008. She keeps the department running smoothly and is instrumental in scheduling and marketing of classes.  If you have a question about a class, or would like to schedule a special class, give her a call and she will do her best to help you. 

Neil Nickerson

Assistant Professor of Marine Transportation

Phone: 796-6153 Fax: 796-6577

Email:

Career Education

Technical Education Center

Ketchikan Campus

1996: Master of Arts, Naval War College, Newport RI
1983: Bachelor of Science, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

USCG Licenses:
Master of Motor Vessels, Any Gross Tons Upon Oceans
Master Any Towing Vessel Upon Oceans
Able Seaman, Unlimited

Master 100T/OUPV
Master 200T Upgrade
Basic Safety Training
Able Seaman
Crowd Management
Crisis Management
RFPNW
Proficiency in Survival Craft
Radar Operator - Original & Upgrade
Apprentice Mate - Steersman

Captain Nickerson is our Juneau based Maritime Professor.  He brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our program and through his efforts has expanded the UAS Maritime presence in Juneau immensely.

Captain Nickerson is a retired USCG officer and has many years of command experience aboard a variety of USCG Cutters.  Upon his retirement from the USCG, he worked as a Mate aboard towing vessels with Crowley Maritime in Valdez and as a relief Mate/Chief Mate for the Alaska Marine Highway System.  Captain Nickerson also was the owner/operator of Alaska Sailing Charters, commanding a 49 ft ketch on expedition, sightseeing and dinner charters.  In his spare time, Captain Nickerson enjoys surfing, kayaking and travel - especially to destinations with big waves!

Dale Miller

Assistant Professor of Marine Transportation

Phone: 228-4575 Fax: 225-3895

Email:

Career Education: Marine Transportation

Technical Education Center, Room 108

Ketchikan Campus

USCG Licenses:
Master 1600 Tons Inland and Near Coastal
Master 200 Tons upon Oceans
Mate 500 Tons upon Oceans
Master 25 Tons Auxiliary Sail

Capt. Miller's Online Radar Refresher course was the first of its kind in the Nation.  This USCG approved course enables mariners to study online material at home and when ready, come to either UAS Ketchikan or UAS Juneau to take the test.

Master 100 Ton/OUPV
Master 200 Ton Upgrade
Western Rivers of Alaska OUPV
Basic Safety Training
Proficiency in Survival Craft
Able Seaman
Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch
Crowd Management
Crisis Management & Human Behavior
Radar Observer and Renewal
Automatic Radar Plotting Aids
Apprentice Mate - Steersman

Captain Miller is a hawespiper, beginning as an Ordinary Seaman, working his way up to Able Bodied Seaman and then Mate/Relief Master on various coastal freighters, and Alaska Marine Highway vessels as well as a 25,000 ton container ship. He was employed for eight years as a Chief Mate / Relief Captain aboard the M/V Polar Venture, a 151 Ton (669 Ton ITC) Coastal Freighter and the M/V Sea Trader, a 360 Ton (1200 Ton ITC) Coastal Freighter. In his off time he has filled in as Mate aboard several tugboats and as Captain on small passenger vessels.

Captain Miller is currently the Marine Transportation Department Head and lead professor of Marine Transportation at the University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan Campus.  He is USCG approved to teach almost every Maritime course that the University offers and has been the driving force behind the rapid expansion of the program, increasing the Marine Transportation Department's curriculum offerings more than four-fold in his 10 years as department head.  For recreation, Captain Miller enjoys hiking and sailing his 24 and 30 ft sailboats throughout Southeast Alaska.

Robert K. Rice

Maritime Adjunct Professor

Phone: 228-4568

Email:

Career Education: Marine Transportation

Technical Education Center

Ketchikan Campus

USCG Licenses:

  • 200 Ton Master, Steam or Motor Vessels upon Near Coastal Waters
  • Able Seaman, Unlimited
  • Basic Safety Training
  • Crowd Management
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft/Lifeboatman
  • Able Seaman
  • Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch
  • Master 100 Ton/OUPV

Captain Rice has been employed as an adjunct instructor with UAS Ketchikan since 2007 and has brought a wealth of practical, hands-on experience to the program.  He enjoys taking on challenges and is always ready, willing and able to teach new classes and curriculum.

Captain Rice made his way up the hawespipe, starting out with the Alaska Marine Highway System in 1994 as a steward and retiring as Bosun of the M/V Malaspina.  In addition to his time with AMHS, Captain Rice has been seasonally employed in the Cruise Industry as Master of small passenger tour vessels.  He is currently employed by Allen Marine as relief Master for their fleet of catamarans, working on various vessels carrying from 60 to 150 passengers.  For fun, Captain Rice enjoys swimming, cross-country skiing and relaxing at his remote cabin.

Ben Hastings

Maritime Adjunct Professor

Phone: 228-4568

Email:

Career Education: Marine Transportation

Technical Education Center

Ketchikan Campus

Sea School, Seattle WA
Allen Hancock Junior College: Santa Maria, CA

USCG Licenses:
Master 100 Tons Steam or Motor Vessels Upon Inland Waters
Able Seaman, Unlimited

  • Basic Safety Training
  • Crowd Management
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft/Lifeboatman
  • Able Seaman
  • Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch
  • Master 100 Ton/OUPV

Captain Hastings has taught as an adjunct at UAS Ketchikan for over 15 years.  His corporate knowledge and wealth of experience in a variety of teaching situations is invaluable to the marine transportation department.

Captain Hastings is retired from the Alaska Marine Highway System after spending 38 years at sea, where he worked as Bosun for over 10 years. His depth of maritime knowledge and experience is a huge asset to the Marine Transportation Department.  Captain Hastings has most recently been employed as master for Allen Marine Tours, operating the 78 foot catamaran, St. Nona, which is licensed to carry up to 150 passengers.  On a personal note, Captain Hastings loves to travel and is a big fan of the Chicago Bears. 

Byron "Dick" Rice

Maritime Adjunct Professor

Phone: 228-4568

Email:

Career Education: Marine Transportation

Technical Education Center

Ketchikan Campus

USCG 100 Ton Master Near Coastal License

Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) Instructor

Alaska Boating Safety Instructor

Rescue 3. International Instructor

Emergency Medical Technician I

American Canoe Association Certified Sea Kayak Instructor

100 Ton Master/OUPV

OUPV Guide Restricted to the Fresh Waters and Rivers of Western Alaska

Captain Rice brings over 30 years of maritime experience to the UAS Marine Transportation Program.  His specialty is small boats and he is the Owner/Operator of Back Country Sports, guiding clients full time on the rivers, lakes and oceans in Alaska.  He has been an Adjunct Professor with UAS for over 5 years and is our distance specialist, traveling to remote communities as far North as Barrow to teach our 100 Ton Master course.  He is well known for his can-do attitude and ability to respond flexibly to challenging situations!

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