CAED Welcomes Two Staff Members to Lead the Instructional Support Shop

Two new staff members have been hired to lead operations in the college’s many instructional maker-spaces.

Mr. David Kempken assumed the instructional support shopmanager role on June 1, 2015. Mr. Kempken has a Master’s degree in Spatial Arts from San Jose State University and joined the CAED with more than ten years of professional experience in the maintenance of instructional labs and shops. He has taught furniture design and construction, 3D design and sculpture.

He states, “A day producing work that is as functional as it is beautiful is a day well spent.”

As the support shop manager, Mr. Kempken is responsible for the operation of the college’s shops and construction sites, including the Support Shop, Digital Fabrication Lab, Simpson

 Strong-Tie Materials Demonstration Lab, Concrete and High-Bay Testing Lab and Poly Canyon Experimental Structures Site. In addition, he provides oversight and guidance to faculty, staff and students using these areas.  

Mr. Casey Benito is the newest to join the CAED Team, as the Support Shop Technician. He has a Master’s degree in Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture and a range of professional experience as a web designer, junior architect, and instructor. Mr. Benito will be responsible for the repair, maintenance and modification of equipment in the CAED Support Shop and other CAED instructional facilities. He will also be responsible for the design and construction of unique equipment and teaching aids. He will assist the shop manager in providing training and oversight to users regarding safe and proper use of Support Shop equipment.

The students look forward to Mr. Benito and Mr. Kempken’s contributions to these essential hands-on learning spaces.


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