Bob Lacovara
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Composites Technology Lead Instructor

Bob Lacovara is an accomplished pioneer in the composites manufacturing industry, having served for twenty years in various leadership roles for the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA), the leading trade organization for the composites manufacturing industry. Mr. Lacovara is also the founder of Convergent Composites, as well as co-writer of the curriculum and lead instructor for the Composites Technology program in Newport, Rhode Island.

Mr. Lacovara has helped shape the composites industry, having originated and developed the Certified Composites Technician (CCT) professional development program that has certified over 3,000 professionals, as well as consulting for a large number of composites manufacturing facilities worldwide. He continues to serve on the CCT workgroup which continues to evolve the standards. Mr. Lacovara was inducted into the Composites Hall of Fame in 2010 for providing “a lasting impact that is forever felt by industry professionals.”

Mr. Lacovara has served on the ACMA Board of Directors and was the recipient of the ACMA President’s Award for Outstanding Industry Service. He has also served as editor of the Composites Research Journal, Operations Manager for a major marine manufacturer, and General Manager of a corporation producing transportation & aircraft components.

Mr. Lacovara is a graduate of Rowan University.

Kelsey Britton (IYRS Alumnus) ’16
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Composites Technology Program Manager

Kelsey Britton brings a wealth of knowledge to IYRS’ Composites Technology classrooms, having graduated from the program herself. Throughout her time as a student, Kelsey demonstrated advanced knowledge and abilities, which she now shares with current students. Kelsey supports the day-to-day teaching of composite manufacturing fundamentals, processes and techniques, followed by supporting students as they develop and complete various individual and team projects throughout the semester.

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Main IYRS Phone Number: 401-848-5777
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Jay Coogan
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