CCAM Welcomes New Digital Systems Engineer

February 17, 2020:  We have a new Digital Systems Engineer joining the intelligent factory team today – Kevin Ostlund. Kevin is relocating to the Richmond area from Raleigh, NC, where he was a Project Engineer for Caterpillar. He’s also worked for Cisco, Honeywell, Doble Engineering Co., and Diversified Technologies Inc. Kevin graduated from University of…

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CCAM Welcomes New Interns

Jack Chu, (pictured Left) is a Vision Systems CCAM Intern. Mr. Chu is pursuing a B.S. in Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. He has experience working with microcontrollers, embedded systems, complex data structures, machine learning, and circuits and programming in multiple languages. His CCAM mentor is adaptive automation engineer, Dr. Huda Al-Ghaib. Ethan Hollingsworth, (pictured…

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CCAM signs MOU with Richard Bland College to establish an Advanced Manufacturing Academy

Richard Bland College of William & Mary (RBC) and the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly establish an Advanced Manufacturing Academy. The Academy will train students pursuing careers in the high-demand fields of Robotics and Automation. Programming will complement the Commonwealth of Virginia’s tech talent pipeline by…

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Congratulations to CCAM board member, Clayton Turner

Congratulations to CCAM board member, Clayton Turner, on his new promotion to Director of NASA’s Langley Research Center. “Clayton Turner has contributed to the ongoing success of CCAM, and we wish him all the best in his new role,” adds CCAM President and CEO, Will Powers. “We look forward to welcoming NASA Langley Research Center…

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CCAM Welcomes New Researchers

Jonathan Laurer and Marcus Thoreson Jonathan Laurer, PhD joins CCAM as a Surface Engineering Research Engineer. He was previously with TT Electronics where he created coating formulations for resistor product lines and developed custom materials for scientific, aviation and military applications. Prior to this he was with Lexmark International, where he was the key scientist…

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CCAM Receives Analysis Equipment and Buehler Partner Center Designation

Prince George County, VA, November 26, 2019, Buehler, a leader in precision materials preparation and analysis laboratory equipment, has upgraded its support of advanced manufacturing research at the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM). With the addition of its latest equipment, CCAM has been named a Buehler Partner Center, one of several across the United…

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National MFG Day 2019 at CCAM

CCAM hosted almost 200 students for an MFG Day event on Friday, October 4th, 2019 as part of a national effort to showcase the reality of modern manufacturing careers and connect with America’s future workforce – students. Attendees gathered from 8 regional high schools including: Prince George High School, Dinwiddie High School, Petersburg Highschool, Chesterfield…

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Altria Group Joins CCAM

Prince George County, VA, SEPTEMBER 9, 2019 -The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) is pleased to announce Altria Group has joined its consortium. CCAM is where the best of industry, academia, and government come together to solve advanced manufacturing challenges.  In addition to enjoying over 65 years on the Fortune 500 list, Altria’s Center…

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CCAM to Strengthen Manufacturing’s Intelligent Factory with NIST Grant Award

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded a $250,000 cooperative agreement to the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM). The three-year project entitled, Intelligent Flexible Manufacturing Cell, will provide a testbed for accelerating and transitioning emerging digital manufacturing technology from the laboratory to the factory floor. Industry 4.0…

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Surface Engineering Day

August 7, 2019 8:30am-2:30pm at CCAM The Day will focus on: High Performance Coatings – Improvements in Manufacturing and Measurement A selection of research topics, ranging from new technologies to measure properties of the coatings or the process, to the implementation of new control strategies will be presented. Opening remarks will be delivered by Evan…

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THE COMMONWEALTH CENTER FOR ADVANCED MANUFACTURING "CCAM" IS WHERE THE BEST OF INDUSTRY, ACADEMIA AND GOVERNMENT COME TOGETHER TO SOLVE ADVANCED MANUFACTURING CHALLENGES.

Harnessing the power of world-class talent, technology and training, we:

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PERFECT PRODUCTION METHODS

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MAKE COMPANIES MORE COMPETITIVE

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PREPARE A QUALIFIED MANUFACTURING WORKFORCE

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Our members are the reason we do what we do.

They are industry leaders - from aerospace to automotive to shipbuilding, and from milling to metalworking to industrial controls. And they represent some of the top minds in academia and government out of our nation’s premiere resarch universities and agencies.

Together with our talented and dedicated CCAM research staff, CCAM members pursue directed and core research to build higher quality products and make production of their goods more affordable and faster than ever before.

“Through our membership with CCAM, we gain access to high-quality research, advanced manufacturing processes, technical expertise, and above all, a collaborative environment where we can work with our industry and university partners to support our current and future products."

Amanda Simpson
Vice President, Research & Technology
Airbus Americas

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Advanced manufacturing is an opportunity to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. To realize that goal, we will need both public and private organizations’ commitment to apprenticeship programs such as CCAM to develop the much-needed skilled workforce. This is the inflection point — we cannot blink.”

Kelly Marchese
Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

The Latest News

CCAM Welcomes New Digital Systems Engineer

February 17, 2020

February 17, 2020:  We have a new Digital Systems Engineer joining the intelligent factory team today – Kevin Ostlund. Kevin is relocating to the Richmond area from Raleigh, NC, where he was a Project Engineer for Caterpillar. He’s also worked for Cisco, Honeywell, Doble Engineering Co., and Diversified Technologies Inc. Kevin graduated from University of…

CCAM Welcomes New Interns

February 13, 2020

Jack Chu, (pictured Left) is a Vision Systems CCAM Intern. Mr. Chu is pursuing a B.S. in Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. He has experience working with microcontrollers, embedded systems, complex data structures, machine learning, and circuits and programming in multiple languages. His CCAM mentor is adaptive automation engineer, Dr. Huda Al-Ghaib. Ethan Hollingsworth, (pictured…

CCAM signs MOU with Richard Bland College to establish an Advanced Manufacturing Academy

January 16, 2020

Richard Bland College of William & Mary (RBC) and the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly establish an Advanced Manufacturing Academy. The Academy will train students pursuing careers in the high-demand fields of Robotics and Automation. Programming will complement the Commonwealth of Virginia’s tech talent pipeline by…

Congratulations to CCAM board member, Clayton Turner

January 7, 2020

Congratulations to CCAM board member, Clayton Turner, on his new promotion to Director of NASA’s Langley Research Center. “Clayton Turner has contributed to the ongoing success of CCAM, and we wish him all the best in his new role,” adds CCAM President and CEO, Will Powers. “We look forward to welcoming NASA Langley Research Center…

CCAM Welcomes New Researchers

December 18, 2019

Jonathan Laurer and Marcus Thoreson Jonathan Laurer, PhD joins CCAM as a Surface Engineering Research Engineer. He was previously with TT Electronics where he created coating formulations for resistor product lines and developed custom materials for scientific, aviation and military applications. Prior to this he was with Lexmark International, where he was the key scientist…

Upcoming Events

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National Manufacuturing Day at CCAM

October 4, 2019

10am - 2pm

The event is open to high school, college, and graduate school students, parents, educators, and supporters.

Learn about the different educational pathways that can result into a stimulating and lucrative career in manufacturing. College and Universities will be on hand to help determine which educational pathway is best for you.

10-10:30am  Vertical Education MFG Pathway

10:30-12pm  MFG Careers: with Industry & Interns

12-12:45pm  Lunch & Education Networking

12:45-2pm  Hands-on Robotics & Automation Demos

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Employees

  • 27 researchers, including 10 PhDs from around the world
  • 5 industry representatives
  • 3 graduate students
  • 8 interns
  • 3 executive staff members & 7 business staff including directors of: development, workforce development, strategic partnerships, business development

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