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Contact info and brief biography of our automotive faculty.

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Rob Holm

Assistant Professor of Automotive Technology

(509) 527-2714 (office)
(509) 529-5995 (home)

Rob.Holm@wallawalla.edu

Professor Holm has always loved cars. He graduated from WWC in 1996 and immediately went to work for BMW of Bellevue where he became their main diagnostic technician and trainer of new technicians. In 2000, he then moved with his family back to Walla Walla where he worked for Blue Ridge Aircraft Service as an aircraft mechanic. Professor Holm began his teaching career at Walla Walla University in 2003 and has been in charge of the automotive program here ever since. He is an ASE certified Master Mechanic with Advanced Engine Performance certification, a BMW Certified Mechanic, and has FAA Airframe and Powerplant mechanic certification. In 2006, Professor Holm earned his Master's degree in Technology from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. His research centered around four-year automotive technology programs in the U.S. and their curricula. Rob is married to Lorelei whom he met at WWU. They have two terrific boys, Matthew and Robert, both high school students. In Rob's limited spare time, he enjoys waterskiing, motorcycles, golf, piano, flying, and high-performance cars.

Teaching: Internal combustion Engine Theory, Manual Drive Trains and Axles, Electrical systems, Engine Rebuilding Lab, Engine Performance, Suspension and Steering Systems, Climate Control Systems, Automatic Transmissions, Advanced Engine Performance, High Performance Engine Tuning, Body Electronics and Computer Systems, Internship, and Colloquium. 

Kristopher Margart

Instuctor of Technology

Kristopher.Margart@wallawalla.edu

Kristopher began teaching at Walla Walla University as the welding instructor for the Department of Technology 2011. He graduated from Walla Walla University with a BSW in 2011 and obtained his MSW in June 2012. He has spent several years working full time as a welder for Key Technology in Walla Walla. In addition to teaching welding at WWU, Kristopher is a welding instructor for Walla Walla Community College at the Washington State Penitentiary. He loves spending his free time with his beautiful wife, Harmony, fishing, or riding a motorcycle. Kristopher feels it is the simple values and decisions in life which define a person. Kristopher says that without a doubt, he has been blessed beyond reason. He is the first to express that if it was not for Jesus Christ and the family he was given, he would be a lost person.  

Teaching: Oxyacetylene Welding and Cutting, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, and Specialized Welding.

David Silva

Instructor for Technology

David.Silva@wallawalla.edu

Dave's formal education is varied. He has an M.S.W. from WWU in Social Work with Licensing in Chemical Dependency Counseling. His undergraduate degree is a B.S. in Personal Ministries from Atlantic Union College. Prior to these degrees, Dave trained for employment in the machining and fabrication industry. He was employed as a power plant machinist for 13 years and carried a license as a Stationary Engineer for boilers. His certifications include Welding, Electrician, Instrumentation, and Rigging. As shop supervisor, Dave was in charge of all apprenticeships for State Certification in Welding, Machining, Electrician, Rigging, and Instrumentation. Dave loves teaching for Walla Walla University in the Department of Technology. He says, "I don't golf and I can't afford to restore classic cars, so I come down here [the metals lab] to play!" When Dave is not "playing" in the metals lab, he can be found out riding his '05 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy or simply hanging out with his great family—wife Deborah, son Ashley and daughters Judy, Samantha and Devin. He is also involved in our local animal rescue organization, SWAT.

Teaching: Fabrication and Machining Metals 

Last update on October 30, 2018