Preparing 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.

Which project are you most proud of?

It was a 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.

What’s one of the most interesting projects you’ve worked on?

Working on This Old House has been a cool experience. So far the projects have been using a 3D scanner to repair, replicate and 3D print architectural molding for antique homes in Arlington, MA and Detroit, MI.

 

Jeff Burchard

Technology Consultant, Western Massachusetts & Connecticut

 

What do you love about living in New England?

During the warmer months, I enjoy some mountain biking, playing outside with our kids and camping. During the colder months I think about the warmer months mostly, do some shoveling, snow blowing and play in the snow with our kids! Did I mention that I mostly think about the warmer weather?!!

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

It’s hard to say as I’ve dealt with so many great schools and projects. It’s really rewarding when I return to a school and see the equipment being used on a regular basis. That makes me feel proud to have been a part of it and know that it’s making a difference in the students’ experience. It’s also great to see the instructors enjoying it so much too!

 

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

Well, for one, working with area libraries to install makerspaces is particularly rewarding because it gives students and adults alike a space to actualize their ideas. We just had the pleasure of installing a Carvey CNC router, Epilog laser cutter, and MakerBot 3D printer in this beautiful community space. Pictured below is the library makerspace at New Haven Free Public Library. We love to see how it is already really serving to democratize the design and making process for local residents.

 

Mark Lyons

Technology Consultant, 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.