Creating success for our members by transforming applied research into business advantages

William T. Powers III

William T. (Will) Powers is CEO of the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM). He has been a Board Member of CCAM since its inception in 2008.

Will brings to CCAM successful global leadership experience as a Board Member, CEO, and Senior Financial Executive. Prior to joining CCAM, he was CFO for Rolls-Royce’s North American Operations, a $3 billion business with 9,000 employees. He also served as a member of the Rolls-Royce North America Holdings Board and its Government Security and Audit Committees. Previous roles with Rolls-Royce included positions based in London serving as the Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce Capital Limited, and as Director – Mergers & Acquisitions for Rolls-Royce plc.

Will is currently a Member of the Board of Directors at LORD Corporation, serving on the Audit and Compensation Committees. He is also a member of the Board of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Will was previously on multiple non-profit boards in higher education and social service, and was also a Board Member at Exostar, Inc., Pembroke Group, Inc., and Rolls-Royce Partners Finance.

He is a graduate of Villanova University’s School of Business where he earned a B.S. in Economics.  He also earned an MBA in Banking and Finance from the Lubin School at Pace University in New York City, NY.


Dr. Jaime Camelio

Dr. Jaime Camelio is Chief Technology Officer for CCAM. He is responsible for guiding and executing the center’s research agenda to meet the needs of the advanced manufacturing members.

He is also the Rolls Royce Commonwealth Professor for Advanced Manufacturing in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech and the director for the ICTAS Center for Innovation based Manufacturing at Virginia Tech. He received his B.S. from the Catholic University of Chile and his M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Alicia Durham

Alicia Durham

As the manager of administration for CCAM, Alicia Durham is responsible for coordinating and developing policies and procedures for the organization, managing member and vendor relationships, planning events, maintaining the website and bookkeeping.

Before joining CCAM, Durham served as the Assistant Executive Director for RichTech, Central Virginia’s premier technology association. While at RichTech, she implemented a new strategic plan, which included a new brand and membership structure. In addition, she was responsible for marketing, event management and communications, as well as budget management. Prior to working for RichTech, Durham worked with Preferred Management and the Beacon Group as an account manager.

Durham has a BA degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina.

Bruce Sobczak

Bruce Sobczak

As the Director of Workforce Development Bruce leverages CCAM’s resources and industry contacts to help regional partners establish an industry-centric, high performance workforce that makes Southern and Southwest Virginia the site of choice for advanced manufacturing firms.

Bruce started his manufacturing career as a third generation Tool and Die Maker and based on a long list of successful projects he progressed to Manager of Manufacturing Engineering for a worldwide manufacturer of printing devices. Prior to joining CCAM, Bruce served as the Director of Economic and Workforce Development for the South Orange County Community College District in Southern California. Most recently Bruce was appointed to the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Education, Advisory Committee on Adult Education & Literacy.

Bruce was educated early on in trade schools but also earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership with honors and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership, both from Chapman University in Orange California.