Thursday, November 1, 2012

Alumni Profile: Ray Kilmer

The Fall 2012 issue SEAS Unbound recently profiled MSE Alumni Ray Kilmer:

After spending more than a dozen years in different capacities, Ray Kilmer, (MSE ’94). stepped into a new role for Pittsburghbased Alcoa Inc. at the end of the summer of 2011. Kilmer was named chief technology of cer for the company, which is known for being the world’s top producer of primary and fabricated aluminum. In his new position, Kilmer is at the helm of the company’s global technology team, where one of his main goals is to work on Alcoa’s innovation. “I consider it a great responsibility and privilege to be the CTO,” says Kilmer of his new role. “I’m very mindful that the future of our 124-yearold company will largely rest in my organization’s ability to develop new products and processes to solve the business-critical technical challenges and invent the products of the future.” For Kilmer, his time in Charlottesville was a key factor in his rise at Alcoa. “I am blessed for having had the privilege of getting my education in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering,” says Kilmer. “You have to love what you do and have a commitment to a mission to want a job like mine.”