Composites Technology Faculty

Bob Lacovara | Lead Instructor 

Bob Lacovara is a pioneer in the composites manufacturing industry, having served for twenty years in various leadership roles for the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA), the industry's leading trade organization. Bob is also the founder of Convergent Composites, a company that specializes in composites manufacturing/materials optimization, management, training and education, and forensic services.  Bob is the co-creator of  IYRS' Composites Technology program curriculum and its lead instructor.

Bob has been responsible for helping shape the composites industry, having originated and developed the Certified Composites Technician (CCT) professional development program that has certified over 3,000 professionals, and has consulted for many composites manufacturing companies worldwide. He serves on the CCT workgroup which continues to evolve the standards. Bob was inducted into the Composites Hall of Fame in 2010 for providing “a lasting impact that is forever felt by industry professionals.”

Bob 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 and aircraft components.

He is a graduate of Rowan University.

Kelsey Britton '16 | Program Manager

Kelsey Britton has a passion for designing and building with some of the lightest, strongest materials on earth. Before joining IYRS as an instructor, Kelsey worked for New England Boatworks where she helped build the 62-foot carbon fiber Tripp design racing boat ChessieRacing. On campus, Kelsey is the primary Rhino 3D computer graphics and CAD instructor, teaching students in multiple IYRS programs the software they'll use to design their school and capstone projects. Kelsey uses her knowledge and experience to instruct and guide students as they conceptualize and build composites projects as diverse as miniature working tug boats to high impact bicycle helmets. As an IYRS alumna, Kelsey is adept at teaching and supporting students through the Composites Technology curriculum as they learn the skills to launch successful careers in an exciting and growing industry.

Spencer Dodds '21 | Program Teaching Assistant

Spencer Dodds was raised in Vermont where he became a multifaceted tradesman. Spencer decided to attend  IYRS to transfer his trade skills to a career in the marine trades. Spencer’s passion for creativity has shaped his career path, leading him to the successful completion of a variety of personal and professional fabrication and restoration projects. He strongly believes in IYRS’s non-traditional higher education path and is a graduate of the Marine Systems program, holding certifications as an ABYC Master Advisor as well as an NMEA 2000 Installer. He believes in the transferability of technical skills and education. Spencer enjoys working with his hands both as a career and in his personal life. In his free time, he restores cars, motorcycles, and boats.