Scene Shop Supervisor/Instructor
Since receiving his BFA from Carnegie Mellon in 1984 Ben has been involved in a variety of different disciplines, all contributing in their own way to the position he holds today.
He has extensive wood working experience in both carpentry and custom cabinetry. His degree in sculpture added drawing, casting and moldmaking, carving, hot glass working and basic metalworking to his palette. Asked back to CMU to teach in 1989 he has since broadened his skill set to include machining, welding, CAD and CNC programming, and continues to seek out new applicable technologies and processes.
Since joining the School of Drama, Ben has worked on numerous feature films, television shows, industrials, theatrical productions and news sets doing set construction, special props and consulting. When not teaching or overseeing the scene shop Ben works steadily with other departments such as the Entertainment Technology Center, The Robotics Institute, and Chemical Engineering doing consulting and fabrication work on special projects. He has also helped design and build five semi-autonomous tour guide robots for Mobot Inc. Clients include Lockheed-Martin, Cisco Systems, The US Air Force, The National Aviary, The Heinz History Center, and Maya Design.
Ben’s work can be found in both private and public settings in the form of furniture, architectural features, drawings, sculpture and special props for films. In his rare moments of free time you’ll find Ben enjoying camping, biking, martial arts, writing and playing music, playing in his shop or just trying to keep up with his ample family.
He is a partner in Carter Kamienska, a multi-disciplinary design and fabrication company in Pittsburgh. He is AWS certified in SMAW (stick), GMAW (MIG), and GTAW (TIG) welding processes.”