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

The Board of Directors is responsible for setting overall Center governance policies, strategy, and organizational structure and membership fees. This includes membership agreement policies and CCAM’s research strategy as well as approval of additions to the CCAM membership. It is also responsible for the financial management of CCAM.

CCAM’s Board of Directors includes:

Oktay Baysal

Oktay Baysal, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASME

Oktay Baysal is a Professor and Eminent Scholar of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering.  He currently serves as the Dean of the College of Engineering & Technology at Old Dominion University.  He is a Professional Engineer licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Dr. Baysal was awarded the NASA Public Service Medal, has received three NASA Certificates of Recognition, and the NAMTAC Outstanding Project of the Year Award for technology transfer.  He is a Fellow of ASME, an Associate Fellow of AIAA, a member of TauBetaPi Honor Society, EpsilonMuEta Engineering Management Honor Society, PhiKappaPhi National Honor Society, and PhiEtaSigma National Honor Society.

Dr. Baysal served as an Associate Editor of ASME J. Fluids Engineering, Guest Editor of ASCE J. Aerospace Engineering.  Dr. Baysal served his community as a member of Virginia Board of Education, Board of Virginia Air & Space Center, Board of Technology Hampton Roads, NASA Aerospace Support Team, Trustees of ODU Research Foundation, Regional Board of Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, Executive Board of Virginia Microelectronics Consortium, and the Board of Directors of Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing.

David Bowles

David Bowles

Dr. David E. Bowles is the Acting Director of NASA’s Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA. NASA Langley, founded in 1917, is the nation’s first civilian aeronautical research facility and NASA’s oldest field center. Dr. Bowles served as the Deputy Director of NASA Langley since November of 2013.

When he served as the Associate Director, Dr. Bowles was the Center Director’s chief operating officer and senior advisor on institutional administration, and manages day-to-day operations with a focus on meeting the Center’s commitments.

Dr. Bowles served as director of Langley’s Exploration and Space Operations Directorate from 2007 until being selected as Associate Director in March of 2012. In this position he had overall management responsibility to identify opportunities, define implementation strategies, and deliver on mission commitments in support of the needs of NASA’s Human Exploration & Operations Mission Directorate, and the Office of Chief Technologist’s Space Technology Program.

Dr. Bowles earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in engineering mechanics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1978, 1980 and 1990, respectively. The recipient of numerous awards, He’s received NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2005.

Ron Briggs

John R. (Ron) Briggs

Ron Briggs is currently Senior Vice President with Canon Virginia, Inc.  As Canon Inc.’s primary manufacturing facility for the Americas, Canon Virginia has manufactured millions of copiers, laser printers and toner cartridges utilizing cutting edge technology and innovative manufacturing methods.  Canon Virginia continues to manufacture toner cartridges and other Canon accessories as well as provide reverse manufacturing services for Canon copiers, printers and cameras.

Mr. Briggs is currently responsible for the Production Control, Logistics and Procurement divisions as well as the Administrative Support functions including the Human Resources, General Affairs, Facilities and MIS Divisions.  He joined Canon Virginia in 1987 and has held management positions of increasing responsibilities focusing on supply chain, logistics, and production activities to support high volume manufacturing operations.

Mr. Briggs received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the College of William and Mary.


Chris Dambra

Mr. Chris Dambra is currently Manager of the Coating Solutions Center- Americas at Sulzer Metco (US) in Westbury, New York.  He joined Sulzer Metco in 2001 as project engineer for thermal barrier coatings and materials development.  Dambra has worked in thermal spray parameter and application development since 2004. He is also a member of ASM Thermal Spray Operator Certification Committee and CTSO Advisor.  Dambra received a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Barry Eccleston

Barry Eccleston was appointed president and chief executive officer of Airbus North America in August 2005. In this position, he oversees all efforts of Airbus in North and South America and the Caribbean, including sales and marketing, engineering, service and training.

Eccleston joined Airbus from Honeywell’s Engines, Systems and Services division, where he served as vice president and general manager of the Propulsion Systems Enterprise. He held that position for nearly two years, with responsibility for the $1.4 billion business aviation, turboprop, regional fan, and military engines businesses. Prior to that position, Eccleston served as Honeywell’s Vice President of Commercial Aerospace for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Before Honeywell, he spent four years at Fairchild Dornier Corporation, as Executive Vice President for Business Development for two years, preceded by a two-year role as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Eccleston’s career in aviation and aerospace began at Rolls-Royce where he started as a flight test engineer and held increasingly senior positions with the company for 29 years, including President and CEO Rolls-Royce Ind Canada, and culminating in his role as President and CEO of International Aero Engines, where Rolls-Royce is one of the major shareholders.

Eccleston holds a bachelor’s degree, with honors, in aeronautical engineering from Loughborough University in England and completed the International Executive program at the Institute of Management Development in Switzerland.

Rob Hogan

Rob Hogan

Sean Holt

Sean Holt

Mr. Sean Holt has more than 20 years of aerospace engineering and sales experience. He joined Sandvik Coromant in 2000 as an application development specialist. During this time he developed new processes for aerospace components. Holt also was a key figure in the support of the AMRC (Advanced Manufacturing Research Center) in the United Kingdom in developing application techniques and surface integrity studies for aerospace components. Currently, Holt serves as aerospace application manager overseeing the Aerospace Application Center, developing solutions and support for industrial partners to optimize methods for advanced manufacturing. He is an associate member of the ILM (institute of leadership and management) and has presented at various seminars and conferences within the industry.

Barry Johnson

Barry Johnson

Barry W. Johnson is currently the Senior Associate Dean in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia. In addition, he is the L. A. Lacy Distinguished Professor of Engineering. He is founder and director of the University of Virginia Center for Safety-Critical Systems. In 1998 he was a founder of Privaris, Inc., a biometric security company ( While on leave from the University of Virginia from 2002 to 2006 he served as Chairman, President, and CEO of Privaris. He continues to serve as Chairman and CTO. Prior to joining the University of Virginia, he was with Harris Corporation in Melbourne, Florida where he designed and analyzed fault-tolerant computer systems for aerospace applications.

Dr. Johnson received the B.S., M.E., and Ph.D degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, in 1979, 1980, and 1983, respectively.

Ray Kilmer

Raymond Kilmer

Dr. Ray Kilmer was named Alcoa Chief Technology Officer in April, 2011, and elected an Executive Vice President of the company a month later. In addition to serving as the Chief Technology Officer of the company, he leads the Alcoa Technical Center (ATC), the world’s largest light metals facility, based in New Kensington, PA. He has a major role in expanding the ties among ATC and the Alcoa businesses to accelerate the commercialization of technology. Ray is also a member of the Alcoa Executive Council, the senior leadership group that sets strategic priorities for the corporation. Most recently, Ray was Vice President Technology Development and Deployment based at ATC where he had responsibility for all Product and Process Development Programs at ATC.

Ray received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering in 1987 from Purdue University and obtained an M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Virginia, in 1989 and 1993, respectively. He is the recipient of the University of Virginia Sigma Xi Outstanding Ph.D. award. He holds nearly 25 U.S. and international patents.

Ray is a member of the Board of Directors for ExOne, a leader in additive manufacturing equipment and the services industry, and is also on the Board of Trustees for the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia.

Armand F. Lauzon Jr.

Armand F. Lauzon Jr.

Mr. Lauzon was appointed President and CEO of C&D Technologies, effective February 24, 2015. Armand Lauzon is an accomplished CEO and Board member with a proven track record of consistently achieving significant returns for shareholders by quickly assessing and stabilizing turnarounds, balancing leadership focus on both commercial and operations to drive results, integrating multiple acquisitions, and building strong relationships with investors, lenders and customers.

For the past 13 years he served as CEO and Board Member for three portfolio companies of the Carlyle Group, one of the largest and most successful PE firms with $200+ billion in assets. His most recent role was CEO of Sequa Corporation, a current portfolio company of Carlyle, that was taken private in 2007 with three operating units: Chromalloy (leading supplier of technologically advanced repairs for the aerospace industry), Precoat Metals (largest independent metal coil coater in North America), and Sequa Automotive Group (manufacturer of inflators and sensors, sold in late 2012). He assumed a board seat at Sequa in 2007, became the acting COO in July 2008, and then CEO in December 2008 of this global $2+ billion group of companies with operations in 15+ countries.

He is a current Board Member of J.M. Steel Group, KleerMail, Inc., and CureMeta. He is also Executive Chairman of the Fairview Machine Company, and Board Chairman of the Commonwealth Center of Advanced Manufacturing. Previously he served as a Board Member of Sequa Corporation and Firth Rixson. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and an MBA.

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Dr. John J. (Jack) Lesko

Dr. John “Jack” Lesko is a Professor of Engineering Mechanics at Virginia Tech and currently serving at the Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies.  Jack has 20+ years of design and analytical experience as a mechanical engineer, with background in physics, mechanics and system analysis.  His research and education efforts have focused on emerging interdisciplinary design involving lightweight polymeric multifunctional materials, structural design and reliability, packaging, and energy systems.  His work has resulted in the implementation of in-service structures/systems using new multifunctional composite technologies and systems, and the creation of standards for their design in industrial and international codes.

Jack is also co-founder and a Principle at PowerHub Systems, a four year old start up in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.  PowerHub Systems develops, designs, and manufactures battery electric storage and power processing systems for the electric utility distribution systems.  These new grid connected and interoperable appliances enable the utility to introduce distributed, bidirectional and renewable aspects of the Smart Grid.  Through this startup experience and efforts to grow PowerHub, Jack has become interested in engineering education as it relates to experiential based learning enabled through interdisciplinary entrepreneurial training experiences.

William T. Powers III

William T. Powers III

Mr. William Powers is responsible for all Rolls-Royce North American finance functions and serves as a member of the Rolls-Royce North America Holdings Board of Directors and its Government Security and Audit Committees.

Powers joined Rolls-Royce in 1989 as treasurer and head of customer finance and served as chief executive of Rolls-Royce Capital Limited based in the UK from 1995 to 2000. Prior to joining Rolls-Royce he was with Barclays Bank plc’s Aerospace Industry Unit.

Powers serves on several corporate and non-profit boards.

Andreas J. Saar

Andreas J. Saar

Mr. Andreas Saar is vice president for the Component Manufacturing Solution development team within the Manufacturing Solution Group (MSG) of Siemens PLM Software. In this role, he is responsible for all part manufacturing related product and solution planning, development and strategy direction.

Saar has 25 years of experience in manufacturing and related software development and has worked in various management positions during this time span. He holds a Master in Mechanical Engineering and Business from the Technical University Darmstadt/Germany.

Richard Schmid

Richard Schmid

Born and raised in South Africa, Dr. Richard Schmid graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, with an engineering degree in Metallurgy, Minerals Processing. In 1986 he moved to Switzerland joining Sulzer Corporate R&D, Winterthur, working in the tribology group. During his time with Sulzer Innotec, he completed his PhD at the Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, on the topic of New High Temperature Abradables for Gas Turbines. Schmid led the Tribology group until 2000 when he moved to the USA as head of the Coatings Solution Organization of the Sulzer Metco division situated in Westbury on Long Island, NY. In 2005 he returned to Winterthur in the CTO function of the Sulzer Metco Division; a position he currently holds. During his time with Sulzer Metco the division has transformed from a purely thermal spray offering to a complete surface solution provider.

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Keith Williamson

Keith M Williamson is a professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Virginia State University. His publications and research interests span a range of topics including phase change processes and Friction Stir Welding technology. Before joining academia, Williamson served as a naval architect and electronics engineer for the Department of the Navy. He was awarded the Civilian Service Medal for his efforts during Desert Storm. Williamson holds the doctorate in mechanical engineering from Tufts University and the bachelors, also in mechanical engineering, from Bucknell University.