Technical Advisory Council
CCAM’s Technical Advisory Board includes:
Dr. Ann Bolcavage
Dr. Bolcavage joined Rolls-Royce Corporation, Indianapolis, IN in October 2006, and is currently Chief of Materials – Capability Acquisition. Her primary responsibilities include the strategic development, management, and deployment of critical materials and manufacturing technologies to Rolls-Royce operations and the external supply chain. Dr. Bolcavage has 17 years experience in developing and testing metallurgical coatings and thin films, and her expertise and contributions include the characterization of process-structure-property relationships, leading to optimized thermal spray, chemical vapour deposition, and physical vapour deposition coating methods for aerospace components.
Prior to joining Rolls-Royce, Dr. Bolcavage worked for 8 years in the Coatings Service Technology organization of Praxair Surface Technologies, Indianapolis IN. She successfully participated in and directed several key materials engineering programs, including the development of advanced high temperature coating systems and specialized test methods for aero and industrial gas turbine engine components.
Dr. Bolcavage is an honors graduate of Lehigh University and received her advanced degrees in Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has co-authored 14 technical publications, given 17 conference / workshop presentations (3 invited), and has 6 patented inventions. Dr. Bolcavage is a Fellow of ASM International and its affiliate Thermal Spray Society.
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. James M. Fitz-Gerald is an associate professor at the University of Virginia in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Fitz-Gerald’s expertise encompasses materials processing, soft and hard materials characterization and particulate engineering. At this time he is a co-author on more than 100 refereed journal and conference proceedings, three books, 40 invited talks, 8 patents and 125 presentations. Fitz-Gerald also is engaged as an engineering consultant in legal, corporate / private research, and currently serves on advisory boards for several companies including Nanotherapeutics, where he is also a co-founder. Fitz-Gerald received his advanced degrees from the University of Florida after preparatory studies in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Lowell.
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.
Mike started work as UK Technical Manager for Buehler in 2005, providing support and training on metallography and analysis techniques. He now holds the position of international Technical Development Manager.
During this time he has concurrently held positions as Honorary Lecturer at Birmingham University and Visiting Academic to Warwick University, where he continues to provide consultative services for their wide ranging materials research activities.
Mike gives lectures and training courses internationally, including more than 30 universities and societies such as the Royal Microscopical Society and the Institute of Metal Finishing. He has conducted projects for more than 350 companies on metallographic and associated analytical techniques.
Mike graduated from the University of Wales, Swansea with an Honours degree in Materials Science and Engineering. He also holds a Master’s degree and a PhD in high temperature metallurgy.
Prior to joining Buehler, Mike worked in the Advanced Metallics department of the UK Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, now QinetiQ, specialising in aerospace materials.
Mr. Robert Komljenovic has been in the manufacturing arena for more than 20 years. Robert covered positions in Quality, Engineering and Sales prior to moving into Management. His various positions with mostly German machine tool companies have prepared him for his present assignment as President of Hermle Machine Company. Robert, based out of Franklin WI, is responsible for all aspects of Hermle’s business throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Hermle is the world leading manufacturer of high precision five axis milling machines.
Gary R. Pickrell
Dr. Gary Pickrell received BS and MS degrees in Ceramic Engineering from Ohio State University in 1985 and 1987, respectively, and a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering Science from Virginia Tech. in 1994. He is an associate professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department, director of Surface Engineering for the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing, director of the Nano-Bio Materials Laboratory and the associate director for the Center for Photonics Technology, in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Virginia Tech. He was named a Faculty Fellow (2007-2010), Outstanding Assistant Professor (2005), and an R&D 100 award winner (2004). He serves on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Lean Six Sigma, the Journal of Nanotechnology and Energy, the New Journal of Glass and Ceramics and the Journal Sensors. His industrial experience includes Owens Illinois, Corning, Selee, Porvair Advanced Materials and Prime Photonics in various industrial positions from process engineer to member of the Board of Directors. Pickrell has authored or co-authored more than 150 publications including 14 issued patents. His current research is focused on surface engineering, plasma spray coatings, random hole optical fibers and optical fiber sensors, nano-medicine, nanotechnology, nano-biotechnology, glass, ceramic, and various other aspects of materials science and engineering. He is a consultant on business systems implementation including process control, experimental design techniques and new product development.
Dr. Ravi Shankar
Dr. Ravi Shankar, Director, Coating and Process Technologies, Chromalloy Gas Turbine LLC, completed his Bachelor of Technology degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India in 1979 and obtained his PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, NY in 1984.
Ravi went on to join the New York division of Chromalloy in Orangeburg, NY initially in the new part side starting with the development and productionizing of electron beam physical vapor deposition of thermal barrier coatings and then included working with all coatings. In 1998 he moved the repair side of the business including development and application of brazing, welding, laser drilling, etc., for the full scale turbine engine component repair and coating technologies at Chromalloy. He became the Designated Engineering Representative of FAA in 2002 providing him authority in approving technical data.
In 2008 soon after Chromalloy became part of the Carlyle Group, he moved to his current position as Director of Coating and Process Technologies as a part of the Corporate Technology Group reporting to the Chief Technology Officer of the company. Ravi works on various aspects of technology development and implementation across the various Chromalloy facilities and is pleased to become a member of the CCAM TAC and is looking forward to working with the member companies and universities.
Kevin B. Smith
Mr. Kevin B. Smith has more than 25 years of manufacturing experience with companies that include Canon Virginia, Inc., Anheuser-Busch, and Milliken & Company. His manufacturing experience is comprised of various positions in maintenance management, machine design, predictive maintenance, robotics applications, project management, business development, and engineering management. Kevin currently serves as the Senior Director of Manufacturing Engineering at Canon Virginia, Inc. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Virginia.
Matt Szymanski serves as a Technical Sales Consultant with Mechdyne overseeing accounts in the manufacturing sector as well as managing several international resellers. Matt leverages his past experience from the engineering and development of products when looking to provide unique solutions to Mechdyne’s customers. He previously served as Vice President of Products within Mechdyne’s Software Division, where his responsibilities included assessing the software products and services needs of their customers, defining future product directions and making technology assessments. He also served as a technical liaison between Mechdyne’s software engineers, its sales force, and their many customers, partners, and resellers. Prior to his roles with Mechdyne, Szymanski was co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of VRCO Inc., which was acquired by Mechdyne in 2006 to become its software division.
Szymanski earned an MS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a BS in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
His previous professional experience was with Argonne National Laboratory and the Electronic Visualization Lab at the University of Chicago. Szymanski has been working the field of computer graphics and visualization since 1993.
Greg as a Director, is responsible for Product and Technical Solutions of Spatial Integrated Systems, Inc (SIS) and has been with the company for 13 years. Greg has a Bachelor of Sciences Degree from Virginia Tech where he focused on Decision Support Systems and Production and Operations Management which consisted of MBA and Industrial Engineering disciplines. Greg started his career working on IT related programming solutions and then became a principle in a technology startup where he was responsible for all of its technology development. Afterwards, Greg joined SIS to work with its R&D technology to develop commercially viable products and services around its intellectual Property. Today, Greg works on continued expansion of technical solutions for SIS and its integration to its partner’s technology. An example would be its relationship with Siemens PLM Software helping to develop best in class Engineering and Manufacturing solutions. Greg continues to play important roles in R&D efforts as well as commercially ready solutions. His current technological focus includes Reverse Engineering, Engineering and Manufacturing technologies, Sensors and Systems Integration, and Additive Metal Manufacturing.
Melanie is the Manager, Manufacturing Technology at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. She began her career at NNS in 1998 as a structural engineer in the Crane Engineering Department. She then moved into the process improvement realm, holding the positions of Lean Facilitator, Facilitation Manager, and Program Quality Manager for Manufacturing. She began her current position in 2013. Melanie holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Clemson University and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification from Villanova University.