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.
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 founding director 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 regional industry and Central Virginia Community College. Bob has also been 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. He is owner of Outcomes Consulting Services, providing strategic planning and strategic management consulting services to small businesses, public organizations and non-profits.
Bob has served on numerous boards and groups for a variety of organizations. These include IEEE working groups, Workforce Investment Boards, curriculum advisory committees, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Chairman of the Valve Repair Council, William and Mary Alumni Society and Admissions Network, president of Lynchburg Little League baseball, and an ordained Elder in the Presbyterian Church, USA.
Other volunteer work includes involvement in the E.C. Glass baseball program, the E.C. Glass band boosters, E.C. Glass Theater, Rotary International and Peakland Baptist Church.
Bob is married to Laura Bailey and has a stepson (Brian McCraw, age 21) and a son (Chris Bailey, age 17).