Distinguished Innovator Operators Award (DINO)
The DINO Award is AMUG’s most prestigious honor. It is bestowed upon those with the highest levels of additive manufacturing expertise and a willingness to share that knowledge through contributions to AMUG, its members and the industry it represents.
The additive manufacturing industry is filled with innovative, dedicated and passionate individuals that contribute not only to the additive manufacturing industry but to the Users Group.
Each year, the DINO Committee (AMUG Board members that have received a DINO)review the list of conference registrants and selects five individuals. The committee considers contributions to AMUG (speaker, volunteer, etc.); contributions to the AM industry; year of hands-on work with an AM technology; willingness to share and assist; skill level; and other subjective factors.
Welcome new DINOs
The Additive Manufacturing Users Group welcomed 10 new DINOs at the 2017 AMUG Conference.
Steve Deak, AMUG president, said, “To me, the DINO Award is reserved for those that make a difference over many years. And it is about making a difference without seeking glory, praise or profit for their efforts. This year’s class of DINOs embodies that selfless, giving nature, which ironically is what makes them deserving of recognition for all that they have done.”
The new DINOs have been active within the AMUG community in a variety of roles, including advisors, presenters, technical competition participants, workshop leaders and track leaders. Outside of AMUG, the DINOs are equally active, and they contribute to the advancement of the additive manufacturing industry.
Over its 29-year history, AMUG has awarded only 141 DINOs. Although there are many deserving individuals, the awards are capped at no more than one percent of the conference attendees.