Robert Bailey


Executive Director, Center for Advanced Engineering and Research

Bob Bailey is currently the Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Engineering and Research (CAER), a regional organization formed to develop an industry-focused regional research and development center in Virginia’s Region 2000.  The CAER drives the development of innovative products and processes by providing local access to university and federal research and inventions, with a particular focus on energy and wireless communications.  Bob also provides executive director services to the SoVA Innovation Center for TVWS Development, a collaborative R&D center with a mission to develop and deploy TVWS technology for rural broadband applications. Bob has over 20 years of experience in technology-based workforce and economic development and 15 years of experience in industry.  His background involves the blending of strong technical skills with extensive planning and management skills. 

He is a native of Lynchburg and graduated from E.C. Glass High School in 1976.  After graduating from the College of William and Mary with a B.S. in Physics (graduated with High Honors) and spending a year as a teaching assistant at Duke University in physics, Bob joined Limitorque Corporation (now Flowserve) as a sales engineer.  Over the next 15 years, Bob held a series of positions of increasing responsibility in all areas with this manufacturer of industrial equipment. His experience included positions in sales, marketing, technical support, manufacturing and management.  Positions held include sales engineer, program manager, sales support manager, service manager, and product manager.  Industries served include nuclear power, petrochemical, utilities, HVAC and marine.

Bob was the founder of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Association, a non-profit industry trade group in Virginia’s Region 2000 dedicated to promoting manufacturing as an attractive career choice and providing education and training opportunities in manufacturing, and served as Executive Director of AMTEC, a training center that was a collaboration between industry and Central Virginia Community College.  Bob has also served as Executive Director of the VCCS Institute for Excellence in Advanced Technology.  In this position, Bob worked with all 23 colleges in the VCCS to develop advanced technology programs, market the ability of the VCCS to deliver these programs, and promote collaboration among colleges and industry in advanced technologies such as biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, electronics, CADD, and geospatial technologies.  In addition, he has experience with the National Science Foundation Advanced Technology Education (ATE) program.  He has served as a project manager for NSF-ATE grants as well as serving on National Visiting Committees and as an outside evaluator for NSF-ATE grants at other institutions

Bob has served on numerous boards and groups for a variety of organizations.  These include the Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium, IEEE working groups, curriculum advisory committees, advisory boards for both the Sweet Briar College engineering program and Liberty University’s School of Engineering, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Chairman of the Valve Repair Council, Vector Space, William and Mary Alumni Society and Admissions Network, president of Lynchburg Little League baseball, as well as being an ordained Elder in the Presbyterian Church, USA.

Bob’s experience with non-profit organizations includes:

Bob’s experience with strategic management within the VCCS includes facilitating the development and implementation of strategic plans for: