Jaime Camelio appointed associate dean for research, innovation & entrepreneurship

Jaime Camelio

Jaime Camelio

The University of Georgia College of Engineering has named Jaime Camelio as its associate dean for research, innovation, and entrepreneurship following a national search. He will begin his new position Aug. 1, 2020.

As associate dean, Camelio will be responsible for creating programs that further the College of Engineering’s strategic priorities while aligning those programs with UGA’s strategic plan. Camelio will work closely with faculty and school chairs to transform the college’s innovative leadership programs into national and international models for experiential learning in engineering. In addition, he will work to fuse the college’s instruction and research with programs that promote leadership, entrepreneurship, and ethics.

Camelio is currently the Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Professor for Advanced Manufacturing at Virginia Tech. He also serves as Virginia Tech’s director of strategic industry and state partnerships for advanced manufacturing initiatives. Camelio earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan. He received a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Universidad Católica de Chile.

“I am excited to join the College of Engineering and contribute to its integration into UGA’s innovation initiatives,” said Camelio. “The College, UGA and Athens offer a unique ecosystem to integrate learning, research, innovation and entrepreneurship as a key economic development driver.”

Camelio’s research interests include intelligent manufacturing systems, cyber-physical security for manufacturing, and data mining and statistical learning applications for manufacturing processes and systems. During his tenure at Virginia Tech, he founded the Center for Innovation Based Manufacturing. This center worked to enhance the commercialization potential of basic university research and to expand current manufacturing research to non-traditional areas such as cyber-physical security and human-centric manufacturing. He also served as the Chief Technology Officer for the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing from 2016 to 2019. More recently, he led the development of a new learning factory as a platform for applied research, technology exploration, innovation, experiential learning, and industry training.

“Dr. Camelio will play a significant role in supporting faculty members as they develop and sustain research excellence,” said Donald Leo, dean of the College of Engineering. “His strong record of scholarship, teaching, and industry engagement will significantly enhance opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship across the college.”

Leo also thanked the search committee that conducted a nationwide search for the position and identified a strong pool of candidates.

Fred Beyette, Chair of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, served as chair of the search committee. Other members of the committee were Michelle Momany, Associate Dean for Life Sciences in UGA’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences; Mi geum Chorzepa and Hitesh Handa, asssociate professors in the College of Engineering; and Derek Eberhart, Associate Vice President for Research and Executive Director of the Innovation Gateway at UGA.

Lawrence Hornak had served as the College of Engineering’s associate dean for research from 2016 to 2019, when he was named associate vice president for research, integrative team initiatives in UGA’s Office of Research.

By Mike Wooten

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