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Dr. Kyle Schroeder joins CCAM as Adaptive Automation Researcher

CCAM welcomed Dr. Kyle Schroeder to the staff on July 31st. Dr. Schroeder joins the adaptive automation team and will focus on industrial and teleoperated robotics. He spent the last 5 years at SpringActive where he designed combined running and walking control of a powered prosthetic ankle and directed composites modeling and testing efforts for prosthesis spring design. While in school at the University of Texas at Austin he was a graduate research assistant at Los Alamos National Laboratory…

CCAM Participates in the 45th Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation (QNDE)

CCAM Adaptive Automation researcher, Dr. Yuri Plotnikov, keynotes the international scientific/engineering conference QNDE, dedicated to a review of new research in quantitative nondestructive evaluation. Dr. Plotnikov detailed the Infrared-assisted acoustic emission process monitoring for additive manufacturing in his remarks.

Member Spotlight: Kyocera SGS Tech Hub

Kyocera SGS Precision Tools is utilizing the knowledge, technology, and equipment CCAM has to offer for the development of new world-class tooling and machining solutions for their customers. By undertaking projects away from a production environment, Kyocera SGS is able to focus on pure research and development, taking the time to fully explore each and every opportunity available. Through working collaboratively with other CCAM partners, Kyocera develops relationships and knowledge which benefits all parties. Currently Kyocera SGS Precision Tools…

VCU steps up in state push for research collaboration with eye for commerce

Michael Martz | Richmond Times-Dispatch Virginia Commonwealth University is emerging as a player in two major state economic development initiatives aimed at collaborative research among major colleges and universities to produce technologies that could save lives and generate new jobs. VCU has reached agreement with Inova Health Systems to hire high-level research faculty who would work both for the university and the Genomics & Bioinformatics Research Institute soon under construction — with $20 million in state support — at…

Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Selects CCAM Education/Workforce Project from First Project Call

Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) has announced the selection of 6 education/workforce development projects resulting from ARM’s first formal project call announced in October 2017, including the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM). These projects have been selected for funding and will kick-off in the coming months, pending final contract negotiations. ARM is the leading catalyst of robotics innovation and expertise, accelerating growth in U.S.-based manufacturing and high value careers. Founded in January 2017 by Carnegie Mellon University, and…

Solving Advanced Manufacturing Challenges

AIA Executive Report | Summer 2018 U.S. manufacturing has endured wrenching changes as of late – namely offshoring, automation, artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing and robotics just to name a few technologies that have played a role in upending the status quo. These disruptive technologies present the very real risk to new and existing workers who could be dropped or left on the outside looking in unless they are trained with key market driven skills. While these changes appear daunting, these…

Department of Energy’s Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute Selects Virginia Tech and CCAM’s Proposal from First Project Call

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) recently announced nearly $10 million for ten projects to help advance its goals and enable U.S. manufacturers to develop and implement innovations that will advance U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, sustainability, and innovation. On May 31, 2018, CESMII announced that Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA), was awarded $1 Million as the primary lead, together with the University of Virginia, the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM), Penn State and…

New Thermal Spray Coating Process Specialist Joins CCAM’s Surface Engineering Team

Kevin Childrey joined CCAM’s Surface Engineering team as Thermal Spray Coating Process Specialist on June 4th. He was previously with Dominion Energy as Control Room Operator Trainee at Surry Nuclear Power Station and Operator at Chesterfield Power Station. Prior to that, Mr. Childrey spent six years at Alstom Power and completed a four-year journeyman winder program. He is experienced at operating machining equipment including milling machines, lathes, surface grinders and multiple welding and plasma cutting process machines; has been…

Rolls-Royce is hiring 100 this year at its Prince George County plant

By John Reid Blackwell | Richmond Times-Dispatch | Full Article Rolls-Royce North America is adding about 100 jobs at its Prince George County manufacturing plant this year. Employment at the company's Crosspointe factory should reach 400 or more by the end of this year, as it adds production to meet demand in the aircraft industry, said Lorin S. Sodell, manufacturing executive at the plant. The plant opened in 2011 on a 1,000-acre site in Prince George. It…

George Gambill II Joins CCAM as Applications Engineer

On May 21st CCAM welcomed George Gambill II to the CCAM Adaptive Automation team as Applications Engineer. His background is in industrial environments with a primary focus on controls. Mr. Gambill has experience with Rockwell Automation (Allen Bradley), Omron, Siemens, and Mitsubishi programmable logic controllers (PLCs). He has over ten years’ experience as a controls system engineer with companies such as TemperPack, Quality “Plus” Services, Sabra Dipping, and Amazon. He also worked for Sonoco and spent two years as…

CCAM Welcomes Summer 2018 Interns

Summer has officially begun at CCAM! As of May 21st seven interns from our member universities have joined the team. With this group of smart students, we know the summer will be a great success! Learn more about them below. Interested in an internship? Click here to learn how to apply for Fall 2018 - we're accepting applications now!   Robert Antón - UVA Pursuing B.S. in Chemical Engineering at UVA Will support materials characterization work  Full Article »

Dr. Manik Rajora Joins CCAM as Adaptive Automation Researcher

We welcomed new Adaptive Automation Researcher, Dr. Manik Rajora to the CCAM team on Monday, May 14th. Dr. Rajora will focus on data analytics. His past work includes research on intelligent manufacturing systems for electrochemical machining; application of intelligent manufacturing systems for production of stator core; and solving hierarchically coupled and multimodal optimization problems using evolutionary algorithms. Dr. Rajora received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Louisiana.…

CCAM Participates in Additive Manufacturing Forum

On May 8, 2018 Deloitte hosted their fourth annual Additive Manufacturing Forum in Washington, DC. Dr. Dan Henkel, CCAM Research Manager for Additive Manufacturing, spoke about bridging technical and workforce gaps between additive research and full-scale production. The purpose of the day was to drive actionable solutions to additive manufacturing challenges and resulting technologies to impact readiness and cost for the Department of Defense. Speakers included representatives from the US Navy, Arconic, GE Additive, Siemens, CCAM, Lawrence Livermore National…

Northern Virginia scores another corporate relocation

Washington Business Journal | Drew Hansen, Digital Editor | Apr 30, 2018 Lightweight metals producer Arconic Inc. announced Monday it is moving its headquarters to Fairfax County. Arconic Inc., a Fortune 500 company specializing in lightweight metals production, is moving its headquarters to Fairfax County. The exact location of the new office is yet to be determined, according to the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, but the move will bring 50 jobs to the region. The Virginia Economic Development Partnership…

CCAM Hosts its 3rd Advanced Manufacturing Research Day – in Automation

On April 25th CCAM hosted over 130 guests for its first Automation Research Day. This was CCAM’s third Advanced Manufacturing Research Day and the largest to date. CCAM’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Days provide a forum for thought leaders within industry, government, and academia to explore common challenges end emerging solutions in a collaborative environment. A combination of presentations from subject matter experts, interactive panels, and demonstrations of current research provided an opportunity for participants to gain insight and share best…