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

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:

Dr. Michael Beffel

Dr. Michael Beffel

Dr. Michael Beffel is vice president, Operations, for Chromalloy. He has more than 22 years of experience in the casting industry, with the majority in positions in the investment cast area, including multi-site responsibility. He also spent several years in the automotive tier-one supply industry, producing aluminum wheels for OEMs. Most recently, he supervised the design, construction and preliminary qualification of a green-field plant for production of IGT components. He has held technical and senior-level management positions. Beffel holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan, a M.S. in Chemical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering.

Peter Beling

Steve Bomford

Steve Bomford

Steve is a Chartered Engineer with 30+ years experience in Surface Engineering focusing on the Thermal Spray process . Steve joined Sulzer Metco in 2006 for a second time and now has a specialist role supporting Rolls-Royce from a technical perspective. This current position involves both the development of new surfacing applications and the ongoing support of current processing technologies. A key part of this role has been the creation and provision of “Best Practice” training on a global basis. Over the years, Steve has gained experience in Production Engineering, Applications Development, Key Account Management and Business Development with a number of key companies in the Surface Engineering sector. At time of writing, Steve also holds the position of Chairman of the Thermal Spray and Surface Engineering Association in the UK

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.

Tracy Darrow

David Dress

Nasser Ghariban

Dr. Nasser Ghariban




David Hills

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.

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

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.