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SVHEC project manager moves on

For the past two and a half years Travis Buchanan has been a guiding force behind the SVHEC’s successes in research and development. 

On Thursday, Buchanan turned off the CNC router for the last time as he stepped away from his position as project manager for the R&D Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Energy Efficiency. 

He has been an invaluable member of the R&D CAMEE team and the wider SVHEC family, and his leadership, ideas and abilities will be sorely missed, according to his coworkers.

As project manager for R&D CAMEE, Buchanan was responsible for developing processes for manufacturing products for business and industry. In addition, he has played a key role in the success of R&D CAMEE’s key projects including energy-efficient housing, certifying Southern Yellow Pine for the creation of cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels and using reverse engineering to re-create the AWFS Design Emphasis Award.   

“Our young organization has experienced considerable early success and that has enabled R&D CAMEE to gain momentum and expand our manufacturing network and project opportunity. Unquestionably, the talent and dedication that Travis brought to R&D CAMEE is a huge factor in that dynamic. We are tremendously grateful,” said David Kenealy, SVHEC director of research and development. 

SVHEC executive director Dr. Betty Adams stated, “R&D CAMEE won’t be the same without him, but our loss is his family’s gain. And that’s a really good thing.”  

In his letter of resignation, Buchanan wrote, “The people, atmosphere and environment [at the SVHEC] is truly unbeatable. I have grown so much professionally since I have been here, and for that I am truly thankful. This place truly is an asset to the community.” He has taken a position with C.R. Onsrud in Troutman, North Carolina that will allow him to spend more time with his wife and three children.

A national search to fill his position will be starting soon.