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


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Huda Al-Ghaib, Ph.D.

Previously an Assistant Professor at Utah Valley University where she taught Computer Engineering and Computer Science and developed algorithms and computer software for cancer detection

Research focus was in the development of a high frequency (HF) ultrasonic technology for detecting carcinoma on excised tissue for breast, lymph nodes, and skin specimens in conjunction with the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah

Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Alabama in Huntsville; BS in Computer Engineering from University of Technology


Tim Bakker, Ph.D.

Extensive knowledge in the development and testing of embedded systems, safety-critical systems, software, and advanced algorithms

Over 4 years of experience in the Semiconductor Industry commissioning advanced vertical diffusion furnaces

Ph.D. Computer Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University; M.S. Computer Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University; B.S. Electrical Engineering, Hanzehogeschool Groningen


Keith Bourne, Ph.D.

Current focus on selection and implementation of industrial automation systems and programming industrial robot arm-based automation cells

Two years working for Foxconn Electronics, performing mechanical design of electrical connectors and fixturing for their assembly

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois; B.S. Mechanical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University

Jason Bryans

Jason Bryans

27 years experience in the mold, medical, aerospace and power generation industries

Expertise in quality management, metrology, and CNC Machining

Mold Maker, Tool Maker, CNC Programmer

St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology


Jeffrey Burdick

Research focus on laser powder bed additive technology

Previous research includes design, fabrication, assembly and calibration of an open source photoresin 3D printer

Experience in CNC machining and process engineering

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Southern Illinois University


Johnny Capps

Performs tooling installation, designing and building fixtures, advising on production issues and implementing of Lean Manufacturing concepts to reduce set-up and machining time

25 years machining experiences a tool and die maker in the power generation and metal goods industries

Journeyman Tool and Die Maker

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Mogab Elleithy

Research focus on computer programming

BS in Mathematics with minors in Computer Science, Business, Physics from Virginia Tech

Cameron Gygi

Cameron Gygi

Research focus on friction stir welding and additive manufacturing techniques for corrosion crack healing in nuclear reactors

M.S. Manufacturing Systems, Brigham Young University; B.S. Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Brigham Young University


Dan Henkel, Ph.D.

Subject matter expert in additive mfg., physical metallurgy, forensics, corrosion, nanotechnology, non-destructive evaluation and laser processing

Previously, Scientific Director, Saint-Gobain Northboro Research Center where he led scientific mission, created new business opportunities, managed R&D project portfolio . As corporate metallurgist,  he solved urgent technical issues. Innovation Team Leader and Ceramics R&D Group Leader.

Director of Technology and Chief Scientist at Pall Corporation leading international R&D groups in inorganic filtration and separation

Staff scientist at NASA Langley Research Center, NDE Branch

Instructor at College of William and Mary, Applied Science graduate program

Ph.D. Materials Science, Lehigh University; M.S. Metallurgy, Lehigh Univ.,   B.S. Electrical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

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Robert Holgate, Ph.D.

Experience in research, design and fabrication of robotic prosthetics

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering/Robotics & Controls, Arizona State University; M.S. Mechanical Engineering/Robotics & Controls, Arizona State University; B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Arizona State University


Eric Holterman

Over 25 years of experience implementing and managing controls and automation systems in industrial environments using a wide variety of PLCs, embedded systems, distributed systems, networks, and software platforms

Expert on the transfer and management of digital information in the manufacturing, building automation, and data center environments.

B.S. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Virginia Tech


Chase Howard

Research experience in developing new metal alloys optimizing strength and thermal properties; developing and testing multiple metal alloys to determine high and low temperature tensile strengths, hardness, rolling/drawing capabilities, and thermal conductivity

B.S. Materials Science Engineering, Virginia Tech

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Elyud Ismail

Research focus on machining and additive process analytics

Previous research experience in manufacturing quality improvement and design

M.Eng. Advanced Manufacturing & Design, MIT; M.Eng. Product Development, Singapore University of Technology and Design; B.S. Mechanical Engineering, MIT

Mukund Kumar

Mukund Kumar, Ph.D.

Six years experience as process engineer for semiconductor manufacturing at Intel

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech; B.E. Production Engineering, PSG College of Technology


Andrea Marcon, Ph.D.

Research experience in friction welding, machining, and cavitation peening
Skilled in machine design, tolerance analysis, design for manufacturing (DFM), process development, heat transfer, fundamental metal machining processes, CAD, metallographic sample prep, and metrology

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech; M.S. Industrial Management Engineering, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia


Yuri Plotnikov, Ph.D.

17 years at GE Global Research Center; designed automatic inspections systems using eddy current arrays; designed image processing for crack detection with infrared thermography using inductive heating; researched numerical modeling, theoretical and experimental research of magnetic resonance imaging, transient eddy current techniques, advanced sensors, sensor array technologies, and image processing

Ph.D. in Technical Sciences, Moscow Power Engineering Institute; Joint B.S./M.S. Electrical Engineering, Moscow Power Engineering Institute

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Romain Simon

Industrial controls engineer with 10 years experience in power generation industry with GE Automation & Controls (formerly Alstom Power PAC)

B.S. Automation & Electrical Engineering, University of Strasbourg


John Sions

Brings expertise in materials characterization to aid in the development of innovative materials and manufacturing processes

Leads the Materials Preparation and Characterization Labs, performing metallographic preparation, microstructural analysis and mechanical property testing of materials

M.S. Materials Science, Carnegie Mellon; B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Virginia Tech


Matt Stremler

Experienced research manager for manufacturing processes across many technical areas, including automation, coatings application and surface preparation, computer vision & measurement development, process improvement, etc.

Extensive technical experience in design, specification, repair, quality inspection, and production process improvement for polymeric coatings.  Subject matter expert in aqueous corrosion control for marine and power/propulsion applications.  Experienced team leader for quality & process engineering, research & development, and process improvement

5 years at CCAM as Research Manager; currently leading research in Automation

16 years at Newport News Shipbuilding as a Mechanical and Materials Process Engineer, culminating as Team Lead for company-wide Coatings Global Processes improvement initiatives

M.S. Materials Science & Engineering, University of Virginia; B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology


Marshall Sweet, Ph.D.

Research focus on surface engineering using the plasma spray coating booth and the robotic abrasive blasting cell for experimental and production purposes

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University; M.S. Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University; B.S. Integrated Science and Technology, James Madison University

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Ron Volpicella

Over 10 years experience in advanced manufacturing systems ranging including DoD ballistic system design and manufacture, DoE New Reactor design, component fabrication and testing

Extensive experience streamlining machining and manufacturing processes in metal cutting, deep draw forming, heat treatment, quality inspections and reporting for overall process optimization

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Military Institute

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Mark White

Research focus on Manufacturing Systems

Previously with John Deere Construction & Forestry (C&F) where he led project design and cost reduction teams

MS, Controls Engineering, BS Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin


Joshua Williams, Ph.D.

Post-doctoral work on high temperature solar cells capable of operating at 450*C

Doctoral thesis on III-N (GaN-based) materials and III-N photovoltaics

Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, Arizona State University


Ben Zimmerman

Expert in electron beam physical vapor deposition of thermal barrier coatings and has extensive capability with other coatings techniques, such as plasma spray and cathodic arc

Started career at Pratt & Whitney as a Materials Process Engineer and became the Ceramics Coating

Subject Matter Expert; later transitioned to a Technology Development Leader position with responsibility for developing a metal additive manufacturing technology for turbine engines

M.B.A. Indiana University; M.S. Materials Science, Iowa State University; B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Iowa State University