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NASA Langley, Commonwealth Partner to Advance Innovative Technologies

HAMPTON, Va., Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA and the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) in Richmond, Va. have joined forces to advance technology and innovation.

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NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., and CCAM announced the partnership today, making the space agency the first government member of the applied research center.

"This is an important day for CCAM as we welcome the nation's space agency as a key player in helping to lead research and development in aerospace, space exploration, satellite systems, consumer products and other industries," said Armand F. Lauzon Jr., chairman of the CCAM board.

As a government member, NASA will bring access to unique government facilities and programs and provide liaisons to CCAM's Industrial Operations Board and Technical Advisory Council. NASA scientists will conduct research and development at CCAM and NASA Langley as collaborative work between NASA, CCAM, industry partners, the University of Virginia, Virginia State University and Virginia Tech.

"NASA's expertise, along with the capabilities of the CCAM members, industry, and academia, is a great combination, tailor-made for advancing innovative technologies," said Stephen Jurczyk, NASA Langley's acting center director. "It's an exciting partnership that will strengthen our nation's engineering and manufacturing capabilities."

"NASA inventions and technologies have changed history and the products we use every day," said Dr. Michael Beffel, CCAM interim president and executive director. "CCAM research will benefit from the agency's longstanding pursuit of innovation."

CCAM is based at a state-of-the-art facility in Prince George County, Va., 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 research and development efforts to increase efficiencies.

For more information about NASA's Langley Research Center, go to:

http://www.nasa.gov/langley

For more information about the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing, go to:

www.ccam-va.com

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