WHO WE ARE

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

AET Labs was founded on the principle of bringing real-world industry experience into the technical training environment. 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.

Our Initiatives

PD Workshops for Educators

We are pleased to offer PD workshops covering a variety of digital fabrication and engineering topics to New England educators - many free of charge!

Classes include Mechatronics, 3D Printing applications, CNC workshops, CAD and 3D Scanning applications, and more! Learn more

Dig It. Fab It. Make It.

Our annual Digital Fabrication Expo for New England educators is a highly anticipated event in conjunction with the regional Extreme Redesign Challenge - cohosted by Stratasys.

We look forward to this chance to meet with like-minded teachers and administrators and share ideas both educators and our manufacturers, and be inspired by the students harnessing this technology to innovate and learn! Learn more

Extreme Redesign Challenge - New England

We have been honored to host the Extreme Redesign New England 3D Printing Challenge for 5 years running. With an unfortunate pause on the event for 2020, we are looking forward to launching the remote event for 2021.

Massachusetts CAD Summit

Spearheaded by our own Senior Education Strategist, Mark Lyons, this annual event event brings together an elite group of thought leaders for an immersive one-day think tank session on the state of computer-aided design instruction. Highlights include lively round-table discussion, informative updates about SkillsUSA Challenges, unique insight into the future of mechanical CAD technologies and best practices.

Skills USA Massachusetts

For 8 years running AET Labs has had the honor of serving as proctors for the Massachusetts SkillsUSA competition for both 3D Printing and Mechatronics. We are thrilled to see how programs in these areas have grown, and the enthusiasm from students is contagious.
Meet Our Sales Team
David Kempskie
Senior 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,… MORE
David Kempskie

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.

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Mark Lyons
Senior Education Strategist
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… MORE
Mark Lyons at Minuteman High School Ribbon Cutting

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.

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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… MORE
Matt Campbell AET Labs

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) of which most people are unaware. 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.

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Justin Turski
Technology Consultant, Western MA, CT
What do you like most about living in New England? There is something about the small towns and the coast of New England, that is not matched anywhere else in the country. It’s great to experience the four seasons and the food is second to none. Being a Connecticut guy, I live for New Haven pizza. What is the most… MORE
Justin Turski

What do you like most about living in New England?

There is something about the small towns and the coast of New England, that is not matched anywhere else in the country. It’s great to experience the four seasons and the food is second to none. Being a Connecticut guy, I live for New Haven pizza.

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

We’re living in a very exciting time in education. It’s a great feeling to be part of a team whose goal is to equip students and teachers with the technology that will provide them with experience, knowledge and skills to make an immediate impact in today’s industry.

Aside from your interest in technology and education, do you have any other hobbies?

I enjoy spending time with my family and watching my kids play sports. Throughout the year, I volunteer with Cheshire Youth Lacrosse and serve on the Board of Directors with Yale Youth Hockey Association.

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Technical Support Team
Zachary Lanzo
Service Coordinator
What do you like most about living in New England? What makes New England my home is family and the glorious Seasons that bring endless change throughout the year. I greatly appreciate the fresh life that emerges in the spring, the warm lively summer nights, the iconic foliage in the fall... and believe it or not, I even have… MORE

What do you like most about living in New England?

What makes New England my home is family and the glorious Seasons that bring endless change throughout the year. I greatly appreciate the fresh life that emerges in the spring, the warm lively summer nights, the iconic foliage in the fall... and believe it or not, I even have a love for the winter snowfall. The diversity throughout the year always keeps it exciting.

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

Working with educational institutions, educators and students really gives me a kind of a warm feeling inside. It is fulfilling caring for our community's educational technologies and knowing that we are enabling them in their research and learning. Where I work in the Service Department, I make sure the equipment is up and running properly and it is extremely gratifying getting the students back online ASAP so they can get back to doing what they love and do best, CREATING!

Aside from your interest in technology and education, do you have any other hobbies?

The hobby that takes most of my time is Muay Thai kickboxing. I have been training since I was 14 and it has helped shape me into the person I am today. Whenever I get the chance, I also love taking my snow mobile out for a spin, walking my treasured pooch, and playing blues guitar.

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Adam Zelny
Applications Specialist
Adam Zelny is an educator, designer, and engineer specializing in digital fabrication. A long-time resident of Worcester, MA he has served the academic community as administrator, teacher, and mentor for the past 15 years. His most recent work has been with Technocopia, a non-profit makerspace in downtown Worcester, where he… MORE
Adam Zelny, AET Labs

Adam Zelny is an educator, designer, and engineer specializing in digital fabrication. A long-time resident of Worcester, MA he has served the academic community as administrator, teacher, and mentor for the past 15 years. His most recent work has been with Technocopia, a non-profit makerspace in downtown Worcester, where he worked on the administrative team and taught workshops in laser cutting, 3D printing, and CAD. Adam has worked with several schools integrating hands-on STEM activities and professional development sessions for youth and adults, including Al-Hamra Academy, Summer Fenn Day Camp, Westborough Community Education, Worcester Think Tank, and Framingham Community Resource Development. Adam loves sharing his passion for learning and enjoys working on collaborative projects. He has also studied and performed music since his teen years and has practiced everything from classical guitar to hip-hop production.

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Testimonials

“When we received an advanced manufacturing grant from Governor Baker, AET was a great resource to guide us through the process of design, equipment selection, and installation. Our program is now equipped with equipment that will provide our students with cutting edge technology which will prepare them for college and career readiness.”

Dr. Heidi Riccio, Superintendent-Director
Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School

“AET Labs has been our savior in creating the Blackstone Valley Education Hub (BV Ed Hub)! The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce was fortunate enough to receive a large Work Skills Capital Grant from the MA Department of Higher Ed to create fabrication, design and computer labs. AET Labs provided us with the expertise and know-how we needed to successfully reach our goals. . . At the end of the project we got rave reviews from the community, our students, teachers, schools and our legislators.”

 

Jeannie Hebert, CEO and President of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce
Blackstone Valley Education Hub

AET Labs provides excellent  sales and service: I can call them anytime I need assistance. They are my best source for equipment: no pressure, affordable and innovative solutions, flexibility, excellent follow through. The bottom line is that AET is just a great company to work with.

In 13 years of teaching, I have not found a  better vendor  to work with. They do not try to oversell  and they back up their sales with excellent service.

David Mangus
Science and Engineering Teacher, Academy of Engineering and Green Technology

I just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful customer service/support I received today from one of your workers, Matt Campbell.

In my 30 or so years of teaching, I have never been as impressed with a salesperson/company as I was today.

Matt worked diligently, for hours, putting together all of my new equipment without pause. It would have taken me days to do what he did in a matter of a few hours. What a polite and hard working young man that you have working for you!

Thank you again for the excellent service. It was greatly appreciated.”

Cheryl DelSanto, Technology Education Teacher
Pilgrim High School

I just wanted to reach out and tell you how great it is to have Zach as our repair tech. He is professional and courteous and is ALWAYS available when I contact him.”

Joe Riddensdale, Drafting Instructor
Mount Washington Valley Career and Technical Center at Kennett High School

Providing End-to-End Solutions for Successful Labs

AET Labs is an advisor and value-added reseller inspired to bring real-world industry experience to education with end-to-end technology lab solutions. We are application specialists, service technicians and knowledgeable consultants who combine experience, curated product lines, and the ability to implement with professionalism and forward thinking. As a partner to New England education visionaries since 2005, we value educating future generations.