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 2016 AMUG Conference.
Top (left to right): Andrew Allshorn, Ben Dolan, Vito Gervasi, Elizabeth Goode, Mike Hascher
Bottom (left to right): Joe Holland, Bonnie Meyer, Todd Reese, Dan Welker, Jack Ziemba
“This year’s DINO recipients have an average of nearly 20 years of experience in the additive manufacturing industry, but experience is only part of the criteria for this coveted award. To be a DINO, one must also give back to the industry and support AMUG, and these ten individuals have done that in a big way,” said Mark Barfoot, 2016 AMUG president.
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 28-year history, AMUG has awarded only 131 DINOs. Although there are many deserving individuals, the awards are capped at no more than one percent of the conference attendees.