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Va manufacturing research center names tech exec

Friday - 6/28/2013, 3:50am  ET

DISPUTANTA, Va. (AP) -- An advanced manufacturing research center in Prince George County has named a chief technology officer.

The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing named Bob Fagan to the position this week. Fagan previously served as chief engineer at Pratt & Whitney developing various aircraft engines.

The center is a public-private partnership between dozens of industry partners and the University of Virginia, Virginia State University and Virginia Tech.

Work taking place at the 60,000-square-foot facility completed last September addresses challenges in surface engineering and manufacturing systems.

The consortium supporting the center's research includes Rolls-Royce, Newport News Shipbuilding and Siemens.

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