Board of Directors
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:
Helmuth Ludwig – Chairman
Dr. Helmuth Ludwig is Executive Vice President of Digital Enterprise Realization and Chief Manufacturing Officer for Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Digital Factory Division. Dr. Ludwig has a long history of developing and leading highly successful organizations. He began his career at Siemens in 1990, working in Corporate Development to create regional strategies. He subsequently opened and built up the first Siemens organization in Kazakhstan, serving as General Manager until 1996, when he joined Siemens’ Automation and Drives (A&D) group with responsibility for Process Instrumentation Systems. From 1998 until 2001 he was head of Siemens’ Energy and Industry division in Buenos Aires, then, from 2001 to 2002 served as division president for Software and Systems House. In 2002 he moved to A&D’s Systems Engineering division its president Dr. Ludwig served as president of Siemens PLM Software from 2007 until 2012, later taking on the role of CEO of the Industry Sector USA immediately prior to assuming his current position.
Dr. Ludwig holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago and a PhD in Political Science from Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel. He teaches as Adjunct Professor for International Corporate Strategy at SMU’s Cox School of Business in Dallas.
Dr. Craig Benson
Craig H. Benson is Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia as well as the Janet and John Hamilton Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Benson has a BS from Lehigh University and MSE and PhD degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining the University of Virginia, Dean Benson was appointed as Wisconsin Distinguished Professor, Chair of the Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chair of the Dept. of Geological Engineering, and Director of Sustainability Research and Education for the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. Benson has been conducting experimental and analytical research in geoenvironmental engineering for nearly three decades, with the primary focus in environmental containment of solid, hazardous, radioactive, and mining wastes; sustainable infrastructure; and beneficial use of industrial byproducts. His research includes laboratory studies, large-scale field experiments, and computer modeling.
Dr. Benson has received several awards for his work, including the Ralph Peck Award, the Huber Research Prize, the Alfred Noble Prize, and the Croes (twice), Middlebrooks, Collingwood, and Casagrande Awards from the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Award of Merit and the Best Practical Paper Award (twice) from ASTM International. Dr. Benson is a former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, served as President of the ASCE Geo-Institute (GI), and served as Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of ASTM Committee D18 on Soil and Rock. Dr. Benson is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Barbara Boyan, Ph.D.
Dr. Barbara Boyan is Professor and the Alice T. and William H. Goodwin Chair in Biomedical Engineering and Dean, School of Engineering at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. In addition, she is professor emerita in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia where she held the Price Gilbert, Jr. Chair in Tissue Engineering. She is a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and in the American Institute of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering (AIMBE) and in 2012 she was elected to the National Academy of Engineering and was inducted into the Fellows of the World Congress of Biomaterials.
Dr. Boyan is recipient of numerous awards, including the Honorary Lifetime Member Award from the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity, the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Distinguished Scientist Biomineralization Award and the American Academy of Periodontology R. Earl Robinson Periodontal Regeneration Award (1997, 1999, and 2001), as well as the Women’s Leadership Forum Award from the Orthopaedic Research Society (2012) and the Sigma Xi Sustained Research Award (2012). She was appointed to the National Materials Advisory Board of the National Academy of Sciences and chaired their Roundtable on Biomedical Engineering Materials and Applications (2008 to 2011). In 1993, she co-founded OsteoBiologics, Inc. (San Antonio, TX), which was acquired by Smith & Nephew in 2007. OBI’s first generation of products is now approved for use clinically both in the US and Europe. Dr. Boyan is also founder of Biomedical Development Corporation in San Antonio, as well as Orthonics, Inc. (Atlanta) and SpherIngenics, Inc. (Richmond). The author of more than 400 peer-reviewed papers, reviews, and book chapters, Dr. Boyan holds 15 U.S. patents.
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.
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.
Dr. Morris Foster
Dr. Morris W. Foster is Vice President for Research at Old Dominion University and a Professor of Environmental and Community Health.
Dr. Foster received a BA from the University of Oklahoma in 1981 and went on to graduate work in anthropology at Yale University, earning an MPhil in 1984 and a PhD in 1988. Dr. Foster’s initial research was in ethnohistory and ethnography, publishing Being Comanche: A Social History of an American Indian Community in 1991, which won the 1992 Erminie Wheeler-Voeglin Prize as the best book in ethnohistory from the American Society for Ethnohistory. Dr. Foster was editor of the American Indian Quarterly from 1993-1998.
Since 1995, Dr. Foster has been awarded four R01 grants from the National Institutes of Health in addition to other federal funding from NSF, HRSA, and CDC, for a total of more than $12m in independent research funding. He also has held leadership positions in large multi-million dollar institutional grants such as NIH General Clinical Research Center and Clinical and Translational Resource awards. His research in medical anthropology has focused on the involvement of communities and groups in genetic studies, on the relationship between race and genetics, and on the utility of personal genomic information. He has published articles in top tier journals such as Nature, American Journal of Human Genetics, Nature Genetics, American Journal of Public Health, and Nature Reviews Genetics.
Dr. Foster was Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma from 1987 to 2014 and served as Special Assistant to the President, Associate Vice President for Research (Norman Campus), Associate Vice President for Strategic Planning (all campuses), Deputy Director for Cancer Prevention and Control for the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center, Deputy Director of the Oklahoma Shared Clinical and Translational Resource, Director for Outreach for the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center, and Assistant Director of the OUHSC General Clinical Research Center. Dr. Foster is chair of the Ethics Advisory Board for Illumina, Inc., the leading manufacturer of sequencing instruments, and was co-chair of the Communication Group for the International Haplotype Map Project, a multi-national research consortium.
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.
Dr. Peter Howard is Vice President of Technology and Quality Assurance for Chromalloy. His career with Chromalloy has spanned 20 years and numerous engineering and management positions, including President of OEM Services, Vice President and General Manager, Vice President of Coating Operations, Process Engineer with Chromalloy UK, and Plasma Process Manager. He has also served as a Director of various Chromalloy joint ventures, including Advanced Coating Technologies (Chromalloy / Pratt & Whitney), Turbine Airfoil Coating and Repair (Chromalloy / Siemens), TurboCare (Chromalloy / Siemens), Turbine Repair Technologies (Chromalloy / Rolls-Royce), and Turbine Surface Technologies (Chromalloy / Rolls-Royce). Dr. Howard holds a Ph.D. in Metallurgy from Manchester University, England.
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.
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.
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.
Mr. Clayton Turner is the Deputy Director at NASA’s Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Director, Mr. Turner served as the Associate Director where he was responsible for managing day-to-day operations with a focus on Center commitments. In this capacity he was also responsible for aligning Langley’s institutional resources and infrastructure to meet current and future NASA mission needs, optimizing both effectiveness and efficiency. Mr. Turner has also served as the Director of the Engineering Directorate at Langley.
After graduation from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1990, Mr. Turner began his career with NASA serving as a design engineer with the Lidar In-Space Technology Experiment project, where he spearheaded development of the laser aligning, bore-sight limit system. Over the next 24 years, Clayton served in various roles with progressively increasing responsibility where he led the organizations’ engineering contributions to many successful flight projects.
Throughout his career, Clayton has received many prestigious awards such as the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, the NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal, the Paul F. Holloway Non-Aerospace Technology Transfer Award, and he is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). In recognition of his commitment to the engineering profession, contributions to the local community, and support of education Clayton was inducted into the Monroe Community College Alumni Hall of Fame. He currently also serves as the NASA Langley representative on the Commonwealth of Virginia, Joint Commission on Technology and Science and is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Hampton University College of Engineering and the Old Dominion University College of Engineering.
Jim Whitton joined Chromalloy in July 2011 in the role of Program Manager for CCAM Initiatives. In January 2012 he was assigned a concurrent role as CCAM Director of Operations. Whitton previously worked at Barnes Aerospace, a division of Barnes Group Inc., where he was LEAN Leader, responsible for developing continuous improvement strategies for the global aerospace aftermarket operations. He earlier worked at UTC Power, a division of United Technologies, as Manager, Development Operations.
Prior to that Whitton worked at JDS Uniphase in development engineering. Earlier he worked within various groups at Pratt & Whitney on hot section coatings, component repairs and product development. Early in his career, Whitton worked at Chromalloy’s Orangeburg, N.Y., advanced coating and repair center. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in ceramic engineering from Alfred University and is currently pursuing an MBA at the University of Massachusetts.
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.