AMUG 2020 Dino Awards Recognize 10 for AM Expertise and Service

July 16, 2020

AMUG-2020-DINOThe Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) presented its prestigious Dino (Distinguished INnovator Operator) Award for additive manufacturing (AM) expertise and service to 10 individuals. In lieu of an on-stage ceremony at the annual AMUG Conference, the Dino award presentations were a virtual event.

The 2020 AMUG Dinos:

  • Jeff DeGrange, Impossible Objects Inc.
  • Bob Diaz, College of Southern Nevada
  • Leslie Frost, GE Additive
  • Youping Gao, Castheon
  • Ed Graham, ProtoCam
  • Paul Hojan, Christie Digital
  • Evan Kirby, Materialise
  • Ulf Lindhe, Oqton
  • Dana McCallum, Carbon, Inc.
  • Bob Wood, ExOne

The Dino Award recognizes those that have contributed to the AM industry with the intent to advance the industry as a whole or to advance the skills and knowledge of individuals, according to AMUG officials.

“At the heart of this award is a passion for and dedication to AM coupled with a desire to share and to be accessible to others,” says Gary Rabinovitz, AMUG chairman and chair of the Dino selection committee. “The new Dinos truly embody what the Dino Award stands for.”

Typically bestowed at the annual AMUG Conference, other arrangements had to be made following cancelation of the 2020 event.

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

A recorded broadcast of the Dino Awards presentation also includes footage that captures the surprise of the new Dinos as they hear the news. 

Over its 32-year history, AMUG has awarded Dinos to only 168 individuals, and limits the award to no more than 10 individuals annually. Nominations for 2021 Dino candidates will be accepted beginning October 1, 2020.

Technologies: Additive Manufacturing


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