Dan Larochelle is Advanced Manufacturing Department Chair and a full-time professor at Manchester Community College. He developed stackable certificates in Robotics and Mechatronics, and has also created pathways for MCC’s two-year degree in Advanced Manufacturing to lead to a four-year degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology at UNH Manchester.
Professor Larochelle is also a STEM Curriculum Consultant who develops training materials and videos to teach robotics and STEM concepts. He created a robotics curriculum for middle school and high school students and was part of a team developing easier-to-use robotic programming tools. All of his work was mapped to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Dan has been a mentor for FIRST and VEX Robotics teams at the elementary, middle, high school and college levels for over 25 years. His innovative teaching methods have inspired countless young people in NH and throughout New England.
Dan’s career started in industry where he was the Chief Technical Officer for Intelitek. He led a team of engineers, programmers, curriculum writers and consultants in the creation of hardware, software and curriculum for teaching STEM principles in secondary and post-secondary schools. He managed the implementation and new product development training process for Intelitek company-wide in the areas of Manufacturing, Technical Support, Marketing and Sales.
Dan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Masters of Business Administration from UNH.