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The Industrial Operations Board (IOB) provides oversight of CCAM’s operations. Based on the approved CCAM research strategy and its technology roadmap, the IOB approves CCAM’s annual program for generic research funded in whole or in part by CCAM industry membership fees. It will also review the progress of the research program during the year.

CCAM’s Industrial Operations Board includes:

Peter Beling

Dr. Jaime Camelio

Dr. Jaime Camelio

Dr. Jaime Camelio is currently an associate professor and the graduate program director in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech. He is the director for the ICTAS Center for Innovation based Manufacturing at Virginia Tech. Camelio 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. His research interests include systems monitoring, diagnosis, and control.

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Leighton Cooper

Leighton Cooper leads Alcoa’s research initiatives at the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM), managing strategic relationships among Alcoa’s business units, Industry and University partners. Prior to this appointment, Leighton most recently served as Director of Talent Management, Alcoa Global Technology, where he implemented talent acquisition strategies and processes to strengthen Alcoa’s technical capabilities.  Earlier, he was Director of Technology for Alcoa’s Global Rolled Products business unit, where he led development of new products and leading edge technologies in the Automotive, HVAC, Industrial Products, and Consumer Electronics markets.

Leighton’s distinguished career at Alcoa began as a Metallurgical Engineer where he rose to Aerospace Marketing Manager. He advanced through several management positions spanning the U.S. in the areas of Consumer & Industrial Products and Product Innovation & Development.  He is the recipient of four Alcoa Patents and publisher of several technical articles regarding Alcoa’s branded QC-10® and MIC 6® mold plate products, ColorKast™ die cast technology, and ProStrength™ finishing technologies. Leighton has a Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Iowa State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Iowa.


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.

David Dress

Bill Durow

William Durow

Ram Gupta

Dr. Dawit Haile

Dr. Dawit Haile

Dr. Dawit Dawit joined VSU in 1997 after 10 years of teaching at various colleges, including Xavier University and Southern Illinois University (SIU). He received his MS in Computer Science from VCU and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from SIU. At VSU, he has served as the chair of Math and CS department for six years and led the development of a graduate program in computer science. Haile received VSU’s Bank of America Outstanding Faculty award in 2007. He serves on a committee of MAA on Minority Participation in mathematics.

David Hills

Thomas Keegan

Thomas Keegan

Mr. Thomas Keegan joined Canon Virginia, Inc. in 1990 and currently serves as the Senior Director of Manufacturing Engineering. While with Canon Virginia, Inc., Keegan has worked in various roles, including manufacturing engineer, senior electrical engineer, engineering manager, project leader and engineering director. Before joining Canon Virginia, Inc., he worked as a field service engineer at General Electric, Ordnance Systems. Keegan has an MBA from Duke University, Fuqua School of Business.

Jackie McCuiston

Niklaus Ruettimann

Robert Shenton

Rob Shenton

John sokolowski

John A. Sokolowski, Ph.D.

Dr. John Sokolowski is the Executive Director of the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center and Associate Professor of Modeling, Simulation, and Visualization Engineering, both at Old Dominion University. He has been with the Center since 2001 and previously served as its Director of Research. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Purdue University, a Master of Engineering Management from Old Dominion University (ODU), and a Ph.D. in Engineering with a Concentration in Modeling and Simulation also from ODU.

His research interests include human behavior modeling, decision system modeling, multiagent system simulation, and modeling and simulation representation of social systems. He has published five books on modeling and simulation and is the author of numerous journal articles and conference papers. He is a member of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International (President), American Association of Artificial Intelligence, Association of Computing Machinery, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Beta Kappa.

Brian T. Warner

Brian T. Warner

Mr. Brian Warner is responsible for leading the Rolls-Royce initiatives to develop and establish the new CCAM facility. Warner began his career in 1985 at Allison Gas Turbines, which was eventually purchased by Rolls-Royce. His most recent role was as acting Manufacturing Engineering Executive and Chief Manufacturing Engineer in Indianapolis, IN. He has held several significant roles throughout his 29 year career, covering the areas of manufacturing engineering, project management and engineering management.

Jim Whitton

Jim Whitton

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.

Nezih Yaramanoglu

Dr. Nezih Yaramanoglu

Dr. Nezih Yaramanoglu is the director for business development with the current scope on Process Industries at Siemens PLM Software Inc. operating from Cypress, CA. Nezih’s focus is Industry Processes and their influences on IT-Solution Architectures.
Nezih has 36 years of experience in IT Solution research and development for production processes. Prior to his current position he was responsible for providing development support in initiating and leading strategic Digital Manufacturing projects. Resulting from these activities he became a co-founder of the e-Factory organization of UGS in 2001. Nezih was the leader of the dCADE PBU of UGS Products organization, which was merged to Unigraphics Solutions GmbH in 1999. Before the merger he was the President & CEO of dCADE GmbH, which he co-founded in 1991. During his career path Nezih has initiated and lead various international research projects with consortia consisting of members from European automotive, shipbuilding and aerospace industries. Nezih’s academic background is Mechanical Engineering with a PhD in Production Engineering from Technical University of Berlin, Germany, where he also received his master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering.