The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing Welcomes Intern


RICHMOND, VA., May 14, 2012 – The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) is pleased to welcome our first intern, Matthew Riondet. Riondet joins the building operations team to assist in the acquisition and installation of capital equipment that will support CCAM’s research agenda. Riondet is an Ocean Engineering Major at Virginia Tech who will graduate in December 2012.

One of the biggest challenges in advanced manufacturing right now is access to qualified employees. Bringing interns into a collaborative organization such as CCAM allows industrial members to work with universities to drive curriculum and to identify future workforce candidates. The interns get the hands-on experience they need to prepare them for the dynamic opportunities in advanced manufacturing and an in depth exposure to the companies that may well be their future employers.

Riondet hopes to work in naval architecture focusing on structural modeling & design of ships – anything from aircraft carriers to smaller commercial recreational watercraft. In his free time, Riondet enjoys recreational sports including soccer, basketball, softball and tennis and also coaches an under 6 soccer team.

About the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing
CCAM is a research-based collaboration between the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Virginia State University and manufacturing companies worldwide. Manufacturers join CCAM as members and guide research with university faculty in two focus areas: surface engineering and manufacturing systems. CCAM is building a 60,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art research facility near Petersburg, Virginia, adjacent to Rolls-Royce’s jet engine components plant. For more information, visit

Alicia Durham
Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM)
(804) 722-1524

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