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CCAM gets new leader
By Staff Reports
Apr 25, 2014, 06:53

PRINCE GEORGE — A major research facility in the county announced Thursday that it has chosen a new president and executive director.

The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing has hired Joseph F. Moody, a business and technical leader with expertise in diverse industries. He will lead CCAM’s manufacturing research mission and continue to build the center’s membership of commercial, academic and public partners.

CCAM is a partnership between major universities and corporation to perform research and develop new technologies.

“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 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.

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