David Black is the lead instructor for the Introduction to Engineering, Principles of Engineering, and Computer-Aided Manufacturing classes. He is also program director for the award-winning FIRST Robotics Team 696 and serves as the Specialized Secondary Program (SSP) grant coordinator. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State Polytechnic University Pomona and a Master of Arts degree in Education Administration from California State University Northridge. Mr. Black has a Career Technical Education Designated Subjects teaching credential, a Preliminary Administrative Services credential, and has over 16 years of experience in designing and manufacturing competitive robots. His past projects have included everything from building Rose Parade floats to designing a lunar micro rover and flying high altitude balloon payloads to near-space. Major educational initiatives he has undertaken have included writing engineering curriculum for the Los Angeles County Office of Education and and developing model curriculum in Computer-Aided Manufacturing for the California Department of Education.