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Dr. Melissa Tsui Joins CCAM’s Additive Manufacturing Team

Dr. Melissa Tsui joined CCAM on April 9th as a Researcher for the Additive Manufacturing team. A graduate from VCU and Virginia Tech, Dr. Tsui spent time at CCAM as an intern before being offered a full-time position. Her research at VCU focused on synthesis and characterization of magnetic carbides and oxides nanomaterials.  At CCAM she will focus on modeling and simulation for defect prediction, metallography of additive parts, and data analysis from in-process monitoring. Dr. Tsui received her…

The Factory of the Future is Here, and this Organization is Training Workers for Success

Alliance for American Manufacturing | By Cathalijne Adams | In the advanced manufacturing environment of the modern factory, automation may be the buzz word of the day — but trained workers are irreplaceable. Preparing workers for high-tech advanced manufacturing jobs is the mission of the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM), an applied research center in Prince George County, Va. “If you’re not workforce ready, you can buy all the machine tools you’d like in the…

CCAM Participates in AIA Spring Supplier Management Council Meeting

CCAM CEO Will Powers and Board Member Jack Lesko, Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies at Virginia Tech, participate in AIA ("Aerospace Industry Association") panel discussion: “Innovation Partnerships with Universities" during the AIA’s Spring Supplier Management Council Meeting on March 21st in Indianapolis.

Alliance for American Manufacturing podcast featuring CCAM

The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) has just posted their Manufacturing Report podcast episode from their recent visit to CCAM titled: “Training the Workers of the Future for the Factories of the Future,” linked here: This audio podcast by AAM’s Scott Paul includes interviews with CCAM’s president and CEO, Will Powers and CCAM’s chief technology officer, Dr. Jaime Camelio.

CCAM Joins America Makes

CCAM thanks Siemens USA for sponsoring CCAM as an America Makes Silver member. America Makes is the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing (3DP), they are also the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in AM and 3DP technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation. For more information on America Makes please visit:

CCAM Machining Research Day Highlights Opportunities and Challenges

On February 28, 2018 CCAM hosted over 120 participants for Machining Research Day at their facility in Prince George County, Virginia. The focus was on machining technologies. Invited speakers included industry, academic, and government experts. The day was kicked off by Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Brian Ball. Topics included included cutting strategy optimization, process modeling, machining of high performance alloys and composites, sensing technologies for process monitoring and in-situ tool wear monitoring, laser-assisted…

New Researcher, Emma Elliott, Joins Adaptive Automation Group

On March 5, 2018 Emma Elliott joined the Adaptive Automation team as a researcher. Prior to this, she had been an intern at CCAM. Ms. Elliott will be supporting computer programming needs for the adaptive automation team including 3D visualization and GUI development.  She received her B.S. in Computer Science at Lynchburg College. Outside of work she enjoys theater and music, along with watching Netflix, playing video games, and reading.

Join us April 25th for Automation Research Day

The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) is hosting an Automation Research Day at their facility in Prince George County, Virginia on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. The focus will be on adaptive automation technologies. Invited speakers include industry, academic, and government experts. A panel discussion will be held in the afternoon to discuss current opportunities and challenges. The event will include a tour of CCAM’s facility and a poster session. Lunch will be provided. Machining Day will close with a…

CCAM brings together experts for Machining Research Day

The Progress-Index | John Adams PRINCE GEORGE — Researchers and academics from the field of advanced manufacturing gathered at the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing on Thursday as the center hosted its special program, “Machining Day.” “The main goal is to bring in people that are subject-matter experts, from government, academia and our partners,” said CCAM CEO William T. Powers. “Hopefully we interested people to do work here with us, increase interest in companies willing to place their machines and…

CCAM Joins Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute

CCAM thanks Airbus for sponsoring CCAM as an Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute non-profit member. This membership allows CCAM to apply for current workforce grants provide by the ARM Institute:

GO Virginia board approves a second round of grants

Virginia Business | February 13, 2018 | Full Article A pharmaceutical accelerator at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, a seed fund in Hampton and a water and sewer project in Roanoke were among a second round of nine grants announced Tuesday by GO Virginia. The state’s new regional economic development initiative, GO Virginia awards state funds to projects intended to grow and diversify regional economies across the state. The board has approved 18 projects so far with more than…

CCAM Welcomes Researcher Andwele Grant to the Machining Team

Andwele Grant joined CCAM as a researcher for the Machining Science & Technology Group on February 8, 2018. His past research has focused on data analytics for manufacturing inspection and friction stir welding. He received his M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Virginia State University. Mr. Grant plays trumpet in the Virginia All Star Band and enjoys playing tennis and basketball.

ABB Robotics Joins CCAM

The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) is pleased to announce ABB Robotics has joined its consortium at the Affiliate Member level. CCAM is where the best of industry, academia, and government come together to solve advanced manufacturing challenges. ABB Robotics is a leading supplier of industrial robots, software, equipment, and complete application solutions. ABB Robotics has provided CCAM with an IRB 6650, a large industrial robot suited to material handling, machine tending, and welding applications. CCAM’s Adaptive Automation Researcher…

CCAM Launches Apprentice Academy Website

Prince George County, VA – Today the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) launched the CCAM Apprentice Academy website: In March of 2017, Forbes remarked 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will be needed in the next decade. Retirees and outsourcing have left America with a glaring need: a skilled advanced manufacturing workforce. Recently, CCAM was awarded a total of $12.65 million to begin the construction of its Advanced Manufacturing Apprentice Academy on the same campus as CCAM, in…

CCAM Welcomes Bruce Wilson as Director of Business Development

PRINCE GEORGE, VA – Bruce Wilson has joined the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) as Director of Business Development. In this role Mr. Wilson will be responsible for new member recruitment, current member relations and the development of new lines of business for the organization. Wilson brings over two decades of experience with leading-edge technology companies in aerospace systems, medical devices, electronic payments, and telecommunications, as well as investment and business strategy consulting. “We are extremely pleased to…