Research Staff

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.

Matt Stremler

Research Manager, Adaptive Automation

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

Ben Zimmerman

Research Manager, Manufacturing Processes (Surface Engineering, Additive Manufacturing, & Machining)

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

Huda Al-Ghaib, Ph.D.

Researcher, Adaptive Automation

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.

Researcher, Adaptive Automation

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.

Engineer - Manufacturing Processes

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

Jeffrey Burdick

Additive Manufacturing Engineer

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

Kevin Childrey

Thermal Spray Coating Process Specialist

Joins Surface Engineering team as Thermal Spray Coating Process Specialist

Previously with Dominion Energy as Control Room Operator Trainee at Surry Nuclear Power Station and Operator at Chesterfield Power Station

At Alstom Power, completed four-year journeyman winder program

Emma Elliott

Researcher, Adaptive Automation

Research supports computer programming needs for the adaptive automation team including 3D visualization and GUI development

B.S. Computer Science, Lynchburg College


Andwele Grant

Researcher, Machining Science & Technology

Research focus on data analytics for manufacturing inspection and friction stir welding

M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Virginia State University

Cameron Gygi

Researcher, Additive Manufacturing

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

Robert Holgate, Ph.D.

Researcher, Adaptive Automation

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

Manufacturing Systems Researcher

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

Elyud Ismail

Researcher, Machining Science & Technology

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, Ph.D.

Researcher, Adaptive Automation

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.

Advanced Manufacturing Researcher

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.

Researcher, Adaptive Automation

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

Manik Rajora, Ph.D.

Researcher, Adaptive Automation

Primary research focus is data analytics

Past 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

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech; B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Louisiana

Kyle Schroeder, Ph.D.

Researcher, Adaptive Automation

Joining the Automation team with focus on industrial robotics

Four years as a research engineer at SpringActive where he designed combined running and walking control of Ruggedized Odyssey Ankle powered prosthetic ankle and directed composites modeling and testing efforts

PhD & MS, Robotics and Nuclear Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

BS, Mechanical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Romain Simon

Researcher, Adaptive Automation

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

Material Process Engineer

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

Haden Smith

Autonomous Robotics Researcher

Joining the Automation team with focus on autonomous robotics

Research in object detection and distance estimation using deep learning algorithms for autonomous robotic navigation

Interned at NASA Langley; worked on programming for UAV navigation systems

MS, Applied Engineering, Mechatronics Concentration and BS, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Southern University

Kyle Snyder

Researcher, Additive Manufacturing

Designed factorial experiments to investigate pore formation in electron beam additive manufacturing of titanium

M.S. & B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Penn State University

Melissa Tsui, Ph.D.

Researcher, Additive Manufacturing

Research focused on synthesis and characterization of magnetic carbides and oxides nanomaterials

At CCAM focus will be on using modeling and simulation for defect prediction, metallography of additive parts, and data analysis from in-process monitoring

Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, Virginia Commonwealth University; B.S., Chemistry, Virginia Tech

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.

Researcher, Surface Engineering

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

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