Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing Appoints New President and Executive Director

RICHMOND, VA – April 24, 2014 – The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) today announced a new President and Executive Director.  Joseph F. Moody, a business and technical leader with expertise in diverse industries, will lead CCAM’s manufacturing research mission and continue to build the center’s membership of commercial, academic and public partners.

“Joseph’s leadership will take the CCAM research mission to a new level,” said Armand F. Lauzon, Jr., Chairman of the CCAM Board of Directors.  “He brings a new vision for the vital role CCAM will play in breakthrough manufacturing developments.”

Moody succeeds Interim President and Executive Director Dr. Michael Beffel who was appointed in 2013.  “The CCAM Board and membership thank Dr. Beffel for his interim leadership and accomplishments, even as he worked closely with the Board to identify a permanent leader for the role,” Lauzon said.

In a career spanning three decades, Moody held top engineering and senior leadership roles in the automotive, oil and gas, and mining and exploration industries.  With an emphasis on technology and product development as well as process innovation, Moody led global research and development teams, strategy and governance activities, and manufacturing facility green-field developments.  He holds a Bachelor of Science with honors in electrical engineering from Kettering University and an MBA with high distinction from the University of Michigan.

Moody takes the helm at CCAM as the research facility in Prince George County, Va., develops new production ready surface and manufacturing technologies that will rapidly be transferred to commercial use.

CCAM members guide the research, leveraging talent and resources within CCAM and Virginia’s top universities through a collaborative model that enables them to pool research and development efforts to increase efficiencies.

CCAM’s work in advanced manufacturing and surface engineering bridges the gap between research and commercialization, accelerating technology into markets and demonstrating technology to address real issues.  CCAM industry and government members include Canon Virginia Inc., Chromalloy, Newport News Shipbuilding, Rolls-Royce, Sandvik Coromant, Siemens, Sulzer Metco, Aerojet, Blaser Swisslube, Hermle Machine Co., Mitutoyo, Paradigm Precision, Buehler, Cool Clean Technologies, GF AgieCharmilles, Mechdyne, National Instruments, and NASA Langley Research Center. Academic partners are the University of Virginia, Virginia State University, Virginia Tech and Old Dominion University.

About CCAM

CCAM is an applied research center that provides production-ready advanced manufacturing solutions to member companies across the globe. Members guide the research, leveraging talent and resources within CCAM and at Virginia’s top universities, through a collaborative model that enables them to pool R&D efforts to increase efficiencies. Results can then be applied directly to the factory floor, turning ideas into profit faster and more affordably than ever before. CCAM is located in a state-of-the-art research facility in Prince George County, Virginia. For more information, visit www.ccam-va.com.

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