NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., and the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) in Richmond, Va., announced today that the have will be working together to advance technology and innovation

The space agency will be 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.

NASA will bring access to government facilities and programs in addition to conduct ing R& D at CCAM. NASA will work with CCAM's industry partners as well as the University of Virginia, Virginia State University, and Virginia Tech.

"It's an exciting partnership that will strengthen our nation's engineering and manufacturing capabilities," said Stephen Jurczyk, NASA Langley's acting center director

"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 Virginia's top universities through a collaborative model that enables them to pool research and development efforts to increase efficiencies.

CCAM industry members include Canon Virginia Inc., Chromalloy, Newport News Shipbuilding, Rolls-Royce, Sandvik Coromant, Siemens, Sulzer Metco, Aerojet, Hermle Machine Co., Mitutoyo, TurboCombustor Technology Inc., Buehler, Cool Clean Technologies, GF AgieCharmilles, Blaser Swisslube and Mechdyne.