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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…

VCU’s Engineering School Becomes the VCU College of Engineering

Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Engineering is now the VCU College of Engineering. This change reflects the college’s increase in programs, research, faculty and student census, and supports its mission to advance a collaborative, creative and entrepreneurial engineering culture. College leaders said the growing scope of VCU’s academic programs in engineering — and its robust sponsored research program with collaborations across the Monroe Park and VCU Health campuses, and the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park — are in keeping with its…

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 | http://americanmanufacturing.org 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: https://soundcloud.com/keep-it-made-in-america/training-the-workers-of-the 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: www.americamakes.us

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.