William T. Powers III
President & Chief Executive Officer
William T. (Will) Powers is CEO of the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM). He has been a Board Member of CCAM since its inception in 2008.
Will brings to CCAM successful global leadership experience as a Board Member, CEO, and Senior Financial Executive. Prior to joining CCAM, he was CFO for Rolls-Royce’s North American Operations, a $3 billion business with 9,000 employees. He also served as a member of the Rolls-Royce North America Holdings Board and its Government Security and Audit Committees. Previous roles with Rolls-Royce included positions based in London serving as the Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce Capital Limited, and as Director – Mergers & Acquisitions for Rolls-Royce plc.
Will is currently a Member of the Board of Directors at LORD Corporation, serving on the Audit and Compensation Committees. He is also a member of the Board of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Will was previously on multiple non-profit boards in higher education and social service, and was also a Board Member at Exostar, Inc., Pembroke Group, Inc., and Rolls-Royce Partners Finance.
He is a graduate of Villanova University’s School of Business where he earned a B.S. in Economics. He also earned an MBA in Banking and Finance from the Lubin School at Pace University in New York City, NY.
Jaime Camelio, Ph.D.
Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Jaime Camelio is Chief Technology Officer for CCAM. He is responsible for guiding and executing the center’s research agenda to meet the needs of the advanced manufacturing members.
He is also the Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Professor for Advanced Manufacturing in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech and the director for the ICTAS Center for Innovation based Manufacturing at Virginia Tech. He received his B.S. from the Catholic University of Chile and his M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Hugh Kerr, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Hugh Kerr is Chief Financial Officer of CCAM and Director at Fahrenheit Group. He has over twenty years of experience across all areas of accounting, finance, and taxation. Hugh’s industry experience includes healthcare, construction and manufacturing.
Prior to joining CCAM and The Fahrenheit Group, Hugh served as CFO of Virginia Urology and Stony Point Surgery Center in Richmond, Virginia. In these roles, he was responsible for directing all aspects of each company’s financial infrastructure, including accounting, finance, treasury, and purchasing.
Hugh has a B.S and M.S in accounting from the University of Virginia and is a licensed CPA in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Manager of Administration
As the manager of administration for CCAM, Alicia Durham is responsible for developing organizational policies and procedures, managing member and vendor relationships, planning events and maintaining the website and bookkeeping.
Before joining CCAM, Alicia served as assistant executive director for RichTech, Central Virginia’s premier technology association. While at RichTech, she implemented a new strategic plan, and new brand and membership structure, and led marketing, event management and communications, as well as budget management.
Alicia has a B.A. degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina.
As CCAM’s Operations Manager, Daniel Gryder identifies situations that require problem solving to achieve efficient flow within the state of the art CCAM facility. Gryder programs, debugs, and installs CCAM’s equipment and automation systems. He is well versed in troubleshooting and validating control systems to ensure reliability in operating environments. Gryder enforces and upholds all system and equipment rules, regulations and policies. He also ensures compliance and training for all safety requirements.
Gryder has a decade’s worth of experience with industrial automation and management. He holds numerous Rockwell, WAGO and OSHA certifications. His skills include but are not limited to DCS, PLC, Robotics, Micro Assembly, Vision Systems and Process Improvement.
Prior to CCAM, Gryder worked as a Rockwell Automation Integrator for Highground Services and a Technical Coach for Continental Corporation. He has also worked for Mitsubishi Advanced Polymers, Boars Head Provisions, and Honeywell Performance Polymers.
In his free time, Daniel Gryder plays drums. He resides in Dinwiddie, VA with his wife Georgia.
Director of Development: Programs and Communications
Betsey Odell is charged with developing CCAM’s non-research programs, such as the CCAM Apprentice Academy, mechatronics training pilot, and administering the creation of a Robotics curriculum. Odell has been tapped to implement and execute CCAM’s communications strategy. Her duties span into brand marketing and community outreach.
Prior to working for CCAM, Betsey Odell was the Vice President of a $26 Million-dollar nonprofit in New York City. Raising $6 Million in funds per year for Alzheimer’s Research, Odell managed 10 direct reports, consultants, vendors. She worked with local, state and federal government to run Alzheimer’s programs. She garnered support, solicited funds, developed and evaluated each program as both advisor and executive. Odell work side by side with world class researchers, PhD’s and notable Nobel Laureate’s to design a comprehensive communications platform. In this capacity, she assembled celebrity participation form Penny Marshall, Diane Keaton, Coach Pat Sumitt, Jim Natnz, and more. Odell was responsible for the foundation’s website, newsletter, social media, and print campaigns.
Prior to her work at the Alzheimer’s Foundation, Odell was the Marketing Director for Gotham Writers Workshop, an adult education school in New York City and online. In her free time, Odell teaches Fiction writing online. She received a BA degree from Randolph-Macon college with a major in English and a minor in Accounting.
Betsey Odell lives with her wife Jodi and their son in Richmond, VA.
Sydney G. Roberts, Ph.D.
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Sydney G. Roberts is Director of Strategic Partnerships at CCAM. She is responsible for accelerating CCAM research initiatives by developing and leading strategic relationships with industry and university members, federal partners and other stakeholders to drive innovation in advanced manufacturing.
Sydney has been working at the intersection of research and industry for over twenty years. Prior to joining CCAM, she led a team of building science engineers and professionals in collaborative research and energy efficiency program creation and management at Southface Energy Institute. She is a national thought leader in energy and resource efficiency, sustainability, workforce training, and greenhouse gas reduction. At Southface, Sydney created and directed the Southeast Weatherization Training (SWEET) Center, partnered with utilities on creation and management of demand side management programs and developed internal and external quality management systems. She has achieved funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and multiple states, utility providers and private enterprises.
Sydney serves on the Home Performance Coalition Board of Directors, the Lennox Industry Advisory Council and additional industry leadership positions. She earned her B.S., M.S.E, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
Manager Research Operations
Mr. Ward joined CCAM in January 2016 to support strategic development of research initiatives pertaining to manufacturing systems, industrial automation, and “smart automated factory” design. He also provides collaborative project leadership for initiatives with existing industry and university members.
Mr. Ward has over 20 years of experience in the industrial, electronic, and pharmaceutical manufacturing industries. He began his career as a member of the Ingersoll Rand Manufacturing Management Program where he implemented lean manufacturing principles, Kanban inventory systems, point-of-use storage, and visual management methods. He then gained valuable Six Sigma experience while working as a Manufacturing Process Engineer and Quality Engineer with GE Intelligent Platforms before transitioning to the pharmaceutical (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients) industry with Boehringer Ingelheim. While there, he served in long-range strategic planning and value chain management
He has a B.S. Degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Kettering University.
Bruce G. Wilson
Director of Business Development
As Director of Business Development, Bruce Wilson is 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.
Wilson was previously the Business Manager for Barron Associates Inc., a research and development engineering company in aerospace, healthcare, and defense, where he was responsible for commercialization, proposal and contract management, regulatory compliance, intellectual property patents and licensing, and administrative functions.
Prior to Barron Associates, Wilson co-founded AFrame Digital Inc., an advanced research-based digital health company providing remote patient monitoring to reduce hospital readmissions using a novel wireless wearable medical device and cloud-based analytical models. He also co-founded CyberCash Inc, the pioneer Internet payments company that went public on NASDAQ, where he formed joint ventures with financial institutions in the US, Europe and Asia. As an investment manager, he sat on the boards of technology start-up companies and assisted with strategy and mentoring.
Wilson’s contributions have been honored by DARPA on the cover of their SBIR Success Profile publication, been the recipient of the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s Innovation Award and the CTIA Emerging Technology Award. He holds four patents. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA from Long Island University. In his free time, he enjoys his family, outdoor work, electronics, music, and photography.