Dedicated to Assisting New England Educators to
Prepare Today’s
Students and Tomorrow’s Workforce 

 

The AET Labs team aims to bring the best education technology solutions to New England schools, maximizing budgets and in turn maximizing opportunities for students. Our experience as Tech-Ed Consultants, Manufacturing Engineers, and Educators gives us valuable insight into the future needs of industry and the current needs of our regional education systems.

As ardent “stewards of STEM”, we sponsor and support regional challenges, including the Massachusetts SkillsUSA Mechatronics and Additive Manufacturing competitions and the Extreme Redesign New England, the regional 3D Printing Challenge hosted with Stratasys. In the spirit of collaboration that goes hand-in-hand with Fab Lab culture, we organize the annual Dig It. Fab It. Make It. Digital Fabrication Expo for New England educators – an opportunity for instructors to network, check out cutting-edge tools, and gain knowledge to bring back to the classroom. 

Learn more about what inspires us and meet some of our team below:

 

David Kempskie

Owner, Lead Technology Consultant

 

What do you love about New England?

Working in this business has really given me an appreciation for all the diversity each state has to offer. I enjoy being able to spend time in Cape Ann, Massachusetts striper fishing and boating and taking advantage of the great mountain biking trails nearby.  I love ME for its coastline, NH for hiking, VT for skiing, RI for the Narragansett Bay and CT for the awesome Connecticut River that’s a blast for boating.

What are some of the most rewarding projects you’ve worked on?

Working on This Old House has been a cool experience. We were invited to demonstrate how to use a 3D scanner to repair, replicate and 3D print architectural molding on location in antique homes in Arlington, MA and Detroit, MI.

Particularly rewarding was a recent community college project where we consulted in all three categories: digital fabrication equipment for a makerspace, technical training equipment for a robotics and automation program and STEM-based experiments for engineering teaching labs. 

Which recent project stands out to you as a great investment in the future of students?

Helping local libraries to plan and install makerspaces is very rewarding because it gives students of all ages a space where they can actualize their ideas.  Pictured below is the library makerspace at New Haven Free Public Library where we recently installed a Carvey CNC router, Epilog laser cutter, and MakerBot 3D printer. We love to see how this beautiful community space is already really serving to democratize the design and making process for local residents.

 

Mark Lyons

Senior Education Strategist, Eastern Massachusetts & Rhode Island

 

Which recent project stands out to you as a great investment in the future of students?

I had the pleasure of getting involved in the Advanced Manufacturing/Engineering project at Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School from the start. I was fortunate to collaborate with the former Director-now-Superintendent, Heidi Riccio. Working so closely with Dr. Riccio was fantastic and helped us to develop a program that will benefit students in the North Shore for many years to come. We were able to construct a new Innovation Lab that includes CNC machines, laser engravers and 3D printers. In addition, the students will have access to a state-of-the-art plasma cutter, CNC router and welding booths. The leadership at Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School can really see into the future of manufacturing and their students will be the beneficiary of this vision.

What do you like most about living in New England?

What I most like about living in New England is being close to the Atlantic Ocean. My entire family enjoys the water, whether it’s kayaking, fishing, swimming or just hanging on the beach. Being so close to the ocean is a treat for us.

What current or emerging technologies do you think will have the most long-ranging impact?

I see virtual and augmented reality as emerging technologies that we need to pay close attention to.  Companies are now learning how to use these technologies in all aspects of their business.

 

James Carmilia

Technology Consultant, Eastern Massachusetts & Rhode Island

What do you like most about living in the New England region?

During the summer I love to head north and drop a tube in the Saco River. It’s a perfect time to slow things down and reconnect with the family after a busy school year. However, there’s nothing like packing up the snowboard gear and chasing down a snowstorm!

What is the most gratifying part of working in the education market?

It’s great to be part of the process,an incredible opportunity to work with some of the best schools in the world. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed working with both students and instructors on several projects for quick prototyping and end-use parts. Knowing that our solutions have made an impact is certainly satisfying.

Automation and advanced manufacturing have been hot topics recently, and we’ve been part of so many exciting build-outs. I’ve worked with comprehensive high schools to create robotics labs, technical schools that continue to lead the charge in advanced manufacturing centers, and university lab projects that promote innovation and collaboration with local industry.

Which recent project stands out to you as a great investment in the future of students?

One of the most recent projects I had the opportunity to collaborate on is the Weissman Foundry at Babson College. It is definitely one of the most beautiful spaces we’ve been able to furnish.  Being pulled in to the project at the planning stage to design a custom Fab Lab solution, and then seeing the excitement of students and faculty as the project is completed is really nice to see. This is definitely going to be a “home away from the dorm” for many students.

 

 

 

 

Matt Campbell

Technology Consultant, Eastern MA, ME & NH

What do you like most about living in New England?

The people.  I think it may be the adversity of having to deal with freezing cold winters and oppressively hot summers, but people from New England are a different breed from the rest of the country, in a good way.  Also, our sports teams aren’t bad either!

Which recent project stands out to you as a great investment in the future of students?

I have been very involved in educating comprehensive high schools in Massachusetts about the Innovation Pathways and Skills Capital programs that the Governor has launched in recent years.  He has already awarded almost $60 million to high schools and community colleges in Massachusetts in order to help them develop skills and knowledge using industrial-grade equipment and has allotted an additional $75 million over the next five years.  This is a huge investment, both literally and figuratively, in the students in order to build the workforce of tomorrow.

What current or emerging technologies do you think will have the most long-ranging impact?

I think Industry 4.0 is the biggest change coming (or already is here in some places) that most people are unaware of.    The integration of modern technologies with classic industrial processes is drastically changing manufacturing.  We need to help close the skills gap and prepare today’s students for the upcoming opportunities that the 4th industrial revolution will bring.

 

 

 

Judah Sher

Technical Applications Specialist

 

What do you like most about living in New England?

When I first moved to New England it was to be a part of the Artisan’s Asylum makerspace in Somerville, Massachusetts.  The robust culture of both innovation and collaboration there really impressed me, and has enabled me to be a part of many exciting and rewarding projects.  As I have traveled across the region for AET I have discovered that this culture is prevalent throughout all of New England, as wherever I go I am met by people who are both willing to share their years of experience with those around them, and eager to learn more themselves.

 

Which recent project stands out to you as a great investment in the future of students?

At many schools I visit I often see equipment underutilized because it is only being used by one class or program.  However, when I went to Uxbridge High School to lead a day of professional development on laser cutting, I had teachers from many disciplines in attendance who were interested in learning how to use these tools in their classes.  I was very impressed by both the willingness of these teachers to step outside their comfort zones, and by the forethought of the administrators to invest in this training, thus ensuring that many more students would be exposed to this technology early, thus preparing them for a future where these tools will become more and more prevalent.

 

What current or emerging technologies do you think will have the most long-ranging impact?

3D printing may have brought digital manufacturing into the public eye, but I believe it will be 3D scanning that will make this technology truly accessible to everyone.  Usually, if you want to use a 3D printer to create something you have to know how to use 3D modeling software to design what you want.  With the 3D scanning technology available now you can take a physical model made of anything from carved wood to clay to duct tape and easily turn it into a computer file that a 3D printer can use to make a copy without knowing complicated software.  Soon, complicated modifications will be just as easy, allowing the dream of wide-spread customized design inspired by 3D printing to be fully realized.