Christopher Gray is an assistant professor in the Sustainable Product Design and Innovation (SPDI) major at Keene State College. In addition to teaching between 24 and 32 credits in the SPDI major, he finalized the set-up of the state-of-the-art SPDI labs, maintained and supported laboratory equipment throughout the SPDI program, developed and implemented comprehensive lab safety procedures as well as organized and provided supervised lab time for all SPDI students. His primary teaching duties include SPDI 280 – CAM/CNC with Mastercam®, SPDI 400 – Manufacturing Enterprise and SPDI 490 – Advanced Solid Modeling with SolidWorks®.
He has been an active member of the SPDI teaching staff since coming to Keene State College as an adjunct faculty in January of 2010. His history at the College goes much farther back than that, since he arrived as an undergraduate in the associate of science in Manufacturing Technology program in the fall of 1982.
After completing his associate of science degree in 1984, he stayed at Keene State College and earned his bachelor's in Industrial Arts Education. He finished his undergraduate work in 1986, after completing his student teaching at Monadnock Regional High School, under the supervision of Ray Dunn. While a student at Keene State College, he was a Resident Assistant, an Orientation Staff member and an active member of the L.I.V.E (Learning in Vigorous Environments) Club. He also met his wife (Susan (Young) Gray, '87) while a Keene State College student.
His professional career has straddled the worlds of manufacturing and education for the better part of the past 28 years. He has been a wood shop teacher, all-around machinist, offset pressmen, tool maker, Secondary Technology Education teacher, high school assistant principal, cooperative education coordinator and for the last 13 years, the Mechanical Design and Innovation teacher at River Valley Technical Center in Springfield, VT. He was also executive director of Vermont SkillsUSA, a state-wide affiliate of the national career and technical student organization (CTSO).
During his tenure at River Valley Technical Center, he was recognized twice by the State of Vermont for having the Outstanding Secondary Program in Technical Education. He also had 10 students earn national championships in automated manufacturing (IAMT) and computer aided drafting (CAD) competitions. He was selected as Advisor of the Year for Vermont SkillsUSA three times. As recently as the spring of 2013, one of his Keene State College students was recognized as the top post-secondary computer aided drafting (CAD) students in New Hampshire.
He brings strong connections with manufacturers from the Upper Valley, the Connecticut River corridor and throughout the Monadnock region to his new role at Keene State College. He has developed, implemented and taught six highly- successful industry certification and training courses through the College's collaboration with the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM). He is curriculum coordinator and lead instructor for the two-year, New Hampshire machinist apprenticeship program administered through the Keene Community Education division of the Keene School District.
He lives with his wife, Susan, in Springfield, VT. They have three adult children who live in Connecticut and Burlington, VT. Drawing from their college experiences with L.I.V.E, Chris and Susan are avid hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. They recently hiked across the Grand Canyon (south to north rim) and plan to complete the Under The Rim hike at Bryce Canyon in the fall of 2013. They also enjoy hiking, cycling and rock climbing throughout Vermont and New