Mike Keirns has been with the Los Altos Academy of Engineering
for many years now and has been an indispensable resource
of knowledge and experience resulting from his vast
amount of past work experiences in the field of engineering.
LAAE first became acquainted with Keirns when he started
his own company in Fontana, California: KBS Engineering,
which built Formula 5 racecar chasses along with the
racecars themselves. The LAAE was currently racing at
the Phoenix Solar Electric 500 in 1993 when Keirns also
happened to be there. Slowly, he became interested in
the program and decided to come and help the students
on numerous projects.
Keirns started being more involved in the Academy through
the annual Advisory Committee Meetings, where advisors
and supporters get a recap of what went on in the last
school year along with the new goals and problems that
the Academy is facing. He has given numerous ideas to
the Academy and has been a great help. Slowly, he began
to be a part of the Academy by becoming one of the program’s
three advisors, along with becoming a pre-engineering
and electrical apprenticeship teacher at Los Altos High
Throughout the years, LAAE has been in numerous solar
car races, one such race being the 2001 American Solar
Challenge. Keirns went to the race with the Academy
as an advisor, consultant, and a friend that was part
of the only high school team which finished the race.
Besides just providing help to the students, Keirns
is also the technical advisor for Innovative Schools
Advancing Air Quality's (ISAAQ) ZEV Challenge. He deals
with the safety aspect of the race and sets the rules
for the race itself. Besides having Mr. Keirns helping,
Mrs. Keirns is also a great help to the Academy because
she organizes the ZEV Challenge and completes all the
paperwork for the race. Overall, Mr. Keirns has been
a great help and pillar of support for the Academy.
The reason why Keirns is so skilled and experienced
in engineering is because of his past work experience.
He went to college in Chicago, and earned his electrical
skills at ICS. For about ten years, Keirns worked at
the Nestle Company as an engineer. He also spent around
ten years working at a company that made refrigeration
equipment. Besides working at these major companies,
he also worked in a lot of other different jobs in between.
Now, Keirns is mostly working with the juniors and seniors
at LAAE to improve the students’ skills in electrical
and shop work. The Academy is very grateful for his
dedication and years of help, and hopes for an even
better future with this distinguished character.
|“Mr. Keirns has greatly added to
the quality of the program. He started helping
out with students and now he is actually
a part of us.”