Virginia Commonwealth University Joins Forces with the Commonwealth Center For Advanced Manufacturing as a New Organizing University Member


Virginia Commonwealth University and the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) today announced with Gov. Terry McAuliffe that the university will partner with the research center as a new academic member.

“VCU’s partnership with CCAM is beneficial for all faculty, staff and students of the school,” said Barbara Boyan, Ph.D., dean of the School of Engineering. “This broadens our research opportunities and gives students the chance to gain hands-on, industry experience through internships. With the power of CCAM behind our research ventures, VCU School of Engineering is sure to have a lasting impact on all engineering fields.”

VCU is a broad discipline research institution with developments in several areas of mechanical, electrical, computer, biomedical and nuclear engineering.

Over 50 research areas were identified by the school to provide research opportunities for students and professors from all five departments. From medical device design to semiconductor device theory, the School of Engineering has plans to conduct research in a myriad of fields.

CCAM President and Executive Director Joseph Moody said, “CCAM is delighted to join forces with VCU as our newest university and academic member  creating a dynamic partnership and collaboration. The VCU research mission and quest for distinction reflects a deep legacy and commitment to innovation through research, development and excellence. CCAM shares that vision and looks forward to new breakthrough manufacturing technologies that will move industry into the future.”

VCU joins the University of Virginia, Virginia State University, Virginia Tech and Old Dominion University, becoming CCAM’s fifth university partner.

CCAM bridges the gap between research and commercialization, accelerating new manufacturing technology developments to market. CCAM’s 21 industry and government members include Aerojet Rocketdyne, Airbus, Canon Virginia Inc., Chromalloy, Newport News Shipbuilding, Oerlikon Metco, Rolls-Royce, Sandvik Coromant, Siemens,  Blaser Swisslube, EOS, Hermle Machine Co., Mitutoyo, Paradigm Precision, Buehler, Cool Clean Technologies, GF AgieCharmilles, Mechdyne, National Instruments, SIS and the NASA Langley Research Center.


About VCU and the VCU Medical Center
Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 222 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Sixty-seven of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 13 schools and one college. MCV Hospitals and the health sciences schools of Virginia Commonwealth University comprise the VCU Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. For more, see

About Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering
Founded in 1996, the School of Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University teaches 1,521 undergraduate and 242 graduate students. Driven to be the national model for innovation in engineering and research, the school offers BS, MS and PhD degrees in mechanical, nuclear, biomedical, electrical, computer and chemical and life science engineering, computer science and the country’s only hybrid mechanical and nuclear engineering doctoral program. Cross-Disciplinary focus areas include: Sustainability and Energy Engineering, Micro and Nano Electronic Systems, Pharmaceutical Engineering, Mechanobiology and Regenerative Medicine, Security and Mining of Big Data, and Device Design and Development. Interdisciplinary research opportunities are offered through the school’s Nanomaterials Characterization Center, the Institute for Engineering and Medicine, the C. Kenneth and Dianne Harris Wright Virginia Microelectronics Center, and the da Vinci Center.  To learn more, go to

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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

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