Additive Manufacturing Users Group Awards DINOs to Ten Individuals

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Above: AMUG’s 2020 DINO Award recipients: (top row, left to right) Jeff DeGrange, Bob Diaz, Leslie Frost, Youping Gao, Ed Graham; (bottom row) Paul Hojan, Evan Kirby, Ulf Lindhe, Dana McCallum and Bob Wood/Image Credit: AMUG

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) presented its prestigious DINO (Distinguished INnovator Operator) Award for additive manufacturing expertise and service to ten individuals. In lieu of an on-stage ceremony at the annual AMUG Conference, the DINO award presentations were a virtual event.

Carl Dekker, AMUG president, said, “These are unprecedented times, so we took the unprecedented step of making virtual award presentations. We did everything we could to preserve the suspense and surprise to make this a special moment in the additive manufacturing careers of our new DINOs.”

Rather than being called to the stage from the crowd at the conference, the DINOs learned of the honor when an unannounced delivery arrived at their doorsteps.

Gary Rabinovitz, AMUG chairman and chair of the DINO Selection Committee, said, “We considered postponing the awards to coincide with the 2021 AMUG Conference, but the committee unanimously agreed that DINO recognitions should not be delayed.”

The 2020 DINOs have a long history in additive manufacturing and years of contributions to the AM industry and AMUG so, Rabinovitz added, “It would be unfair to make them wait nearly a year for recognition of all that they have done.”

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The Ten DINOs awarded at the AMUG Conference 2020 are:

  1. Jeff DeGrange, Impossible Objects Inc
  2. Bob Diaz, College of Southern Nevada
  3. Leslie Frost, GE Additive
  4. Youping Gao, Castheon
  5. Ed Graham, ProtoCAM
  6. Paul Hojan, Christie Digital
  7. Evan Kirby, Materialise
  8. Ulf Lindhe, Oqton
  9. Dana McCallum, Carbon, Inc.
  10. Bob Wood, ExOne

The DINO Award recognizes those that have contributed to the additive manufacturing industry with the intent to advance the industry as a whole or to advance the skills and knowledge of individuals. 

Rabinovitz explained, “At the heart of this award is a passion for and dedication to additive manufacturing coupled with a desire to share and to be accessible to others. The new DINOs truly embody what the DINO Award stands for.”

A recorded broadcast of the DINO Awards presentation is available at the AMUG website. This video also includes footage that captures the shock, surprise and disbelief of the new DINOs learning that they had been received the award.

Over its 32-year history, AMUG has awarded DINOs to only 168 individuals. Although there are many deserving of the recognition as a DINO, AMUG limits this prestigious award to no more than ten individuals each year. Nominations for 2021 DINO candidates will be accepted beginning October 1, 2020.

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