FACULTY & STAFF

OUR INSTRUCTORS: WHO ARE THEY?
All of the core energy technology specific required classes are currently being taught by engineers and professionals from the energy industry (specifically oil & gas sector).
   
MICHAEL THORSEN
Adjunct Faculty
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Michael Thorsen attended Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, in Calgary Alberta and received a Petroleum Diploma. Moved to Butte, Montana  to attend Montana Tech and graduated with my Bachelor of Science from Petroleum Engineering. Accepted a job offer to work in Bakersfield, CA for AERA Energy as a Production Engineer in Heavy Oil. Shifted over to Plains Exploration & Production where currently working as a Reservoir Engineer. Also, involved with the Taft Energy Advisory Committee to help with the Taft Energy Program.





   
RANDY ADAMS
Adjunct Faculty
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Randy Adams is an adjunct instructor in our Energy Technology Program. Randy retired in October 2011 from the State of California's Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources. His 31 year career began as a Field Inspector in the division's Northern California district and concluded as the Deputy Supervisor for the Bakersfield field office, the largest and busiest in the state. Randy is currently a consultant in the petroleum industry on permitting and government issues. Randy was drawn to Taft College through the Energy Technology Program. He was involved in the initial planning and development of the Energy Technology Program based on his experience in oil & gas laws, permitting, and regulations.



   
CHRISTOPHER ANGELO
Adjunct Faculty
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Christopher (Chris) Angelo is an adjunct instructor in the Energy Technology Program. Chris was recently a project manager for ProGauge Technologies, Inc. and Ramsgate Engineering, Inc. He has 13 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, mainly focused on thermal EOR projects. His specialties are: Production Engineering, Facility Engineering, and Data Analysis. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering. He started his career as a petroleum engineer for Texaco, Inc., continuing as both petroleum and facilities engineer for successor companies ChevronTexaco and Chevron in both California and International thermal EOR projects.




   
PAUL BLAKE
Full-Time Faculty, Engineering/Energy Tech
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Phone: 661-763-7736
Paul Blake is a full time faculty member in Engineering/Energy Technology programs.
He has recently joined the faculty after being an adjunct instructor for a year.  Prior to coming to Taft College, he has worked over 25 years in Aerospace and 3D Printing industries with various responsibilities in engineering technology and product development, innovation and business leadership and management.  He and his family have recently moved to California so they can be close to family and give back to the engineering and education communities.  He holds several pending patents and has authored a variety of articles in professional journals about technology and advanced manufacturing techniques.  Paul holds a BS in engineering technology  from Brigham Young University and an MS in Business Management from the University of Dallas.  Paul and his wife have five children, one grandchild and one dog.  He enjoys MN Twins Baseball, golf, reading and family time and is an active volunteer and mentor with community youth groups.




   
ROBERT CHAMBERS,PE
Adjunct Faculty
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Robert Chambers is an adjunct instructor with Taft College in the Energy Technology program. Robert Chambers has over 25 years of experience engineering, permitting and constructing energy projects in California. He is a Professional Mechanical Engineer licensed in California. He is the President and Managing Director of Diversified Project Services International, Inc. (DPSI). Created in 2007, DPSI is a 95 person engineering, planning, surveying, inspection and construction management firm. From their offices in Bakersfield, Long Beach and San Luis Obispo, DPSI serves the energy, development and public works markets.
During his career he has worked as an engineering and construction manager, senior project manager, senior estimator and project management consultant.
Robert was born and raised in San Luis Obispo, CA, where he attended Cuesta Community College prior to entering the Mechanical Engineering program at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Education:
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Concentration in Petroleum Engineering California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California
Professional Affiliations:
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Society of Petroleum Engineers
American Petroleum Institute
Cal Poly Mechanical Engineering Energy Institute
Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce Energy Committee
Taft College Adjunct Lecturer
Professional Registration:
Registered Mechanical Engineer, State of California, No. 31647
   
TORI FURMAN
Full-Time Faculty, Career Development Counselor
Contact Information:
Phone: 661-763-7748
Tori Furman is the Career Development Counselor. Tori works directly with students to identify and overcome barriers that stand between the students and their potential career goals, providing services ranging from personal assessment and exploration, to resume building, interview preparation, and job search. Tori also coordinates the internship program.She assists in the coordination of the Energy Technology program and works closely with local high schools in areas relating to career development. Overall, Tori is an advocate for helping students identify their motivations and aspirations so that they can develop the skills and knowledge they need to get everything they want to out of life!






   
LINDA WEST
Full-Time Faculty
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Phone: 661-763-7831
Linda West has been teaching computer classes at Taft College for about 25 years. Linda currently teaches all of the Microsoft Office applications courses, an Internet course, and an Introduction to Computer Information Systems course. Linda teaches both online and in the traditional classroom setting courses.Linda was born in Akron, Ohio. Since Linda's father was in the Air Force she had the good fortune of growing up in many different places including Ankara, Turkey. Linda currently lives in Taft with her four dogs and two cats. Linda has three adult sons and all are married to women whom they met online. Two sons live in Oklahoma and one son lives in Canada.





   
DAVID LAYNE,PH.D.
Full-Time Faculty
Contact Information:
Phone: 661-763-7931
Dr. David Layne comes to Taft College from Colorado where he worked for nearly 18 years as a corporate controller in a highway paving firm. He was also a partner in a public accounting firm for 12 years. He enjoyed being an adjunct instructor for AIMS Community College for eight years. After doing a mid-career change, Dr. Layne began his full-time teaching career by taking a position in secondary education at the local high school where he taught “at risk” students in a K-12 program for seven years in a small community north of Denver.
An opportunity to work as the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment at Dolores Huerta High School, an alternative education school, prompted a move to Pueblo, Colorado. A year later, Colorado Technical University lured him away to teach full-time in the business department and to act as the local campus dean. Two years later, the call from Taft College provided an irresistible offer to make the move to California and to become part of the learning community. Dr. Layne raised a family of five and currently enjoys his seven grandchildren. His interests include mentoring, reading, writing, community service, and making trips to the coast whenever possible.
   
KANOE BANDY
Full-Time Faculty & Division Chair, Applied Technologies
Contact Information:
Phone: 661-763-7779
Kanoe Bandy has been teaching at Taft College since 1987 in the Applied Technologies Division and in the area of Athletics. Because of our small size, we all wear many hats. Kanoe has shifted duties throughout the years. She currently serves as the Athletic Director, Volleyball Coach, and Business Instructor. She also has the opportunity to serve as the Division Chairperson for the Applied Technologies Division.Kanoe is married to Don Bandy, a retired Taft College faculty member.