Automotive Technology Department
Faculty member since: 2011
Automotive Drivelines & Transmissions
Auto & Manual Trans Overhaul
Auto Heating & Air Conditioning
Bachelors Degree, The College of New Jersey
Masters Degree, The College of New Jersey
Describe one of your biggest achievements as a Brookdale faculty member:
I have completed all eight subject areas of General Motors training, which allows me to support our GM Automotive Service Education Program and help students gain valuable workplace experience prior to graduation. I have also been investigating the possibility of installing charging stations on campus for hybrid and electric vehicle.
Do you work outside of the college as well?
I do not work outside of the college, but I am fully certified in all eight ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) areas as a Master Automotive Technician. These exams require re-certification every five years, and I have been fully certified for over 30 years.
What would you say is your most memorable moment – or moments – as a member of the Brookdale community?
There have been several instances in my time at Brookdale when students have approached me for extra help, but one instance stands out as the most memorable. A young woman had some concerns after a lesson on automotive clutches and was fearful she might not do well on the clutch lab, in which students are required to remove and reinstall the transmission and clutch assemblies on a vehicle. We spent a couple hours one afternoon doing this work on a model engine/transmission in one of our classrooms and a week later, while passing through our lab area, I saw her working side by side with a male lab partner, dirt and grease up to her elbows, and completely confident in what she was doing. My understanding is that she is went on to a four-year school for engineering after graduating from Brookdale.
What do you think separates Brookdale from other community colleges?
I truly believe it is the people at Brookdale that make us special. I have yet to meet anyone who does not put 100 percent or more into their job. We have all heard the comment, “Those who can, do; those who cannot, teach.” I am extremely proud to be part of a faculty where we can actually work and perform in our respective fields of expertise. We have practicing artists, authors of poetry who are published, a nursing staff who could open their own health care facility, culinary students who are very respected in their field, practicing attorneys, criminal justice faculty with fantastic resumes and experience and, of course, an auto tech faculty in which all of us have worked in the industry and bring our experience to the classroom. It is most definitely the people who set Brookdale apart from other colleges.
Would you recommend that students take a class in your department?
Absolutely! Take our Auto 101 as an elective and learn a little about the car you are driving.