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RTAM/SME Industry Achievement Award Winners

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2012
12IndustryBrent Stucker, PhD 
University of Louisville 

Brent Stucker is professor of industrial engineering and Clark chair of computer aided engineering at the University of Louisville. Before joining the faculty at the University of Louisville, Stucker held faculty appointments at the University of Rhode Island and Utah State University. He was also a visiting professor at VTT Technical Research Center of Finland. Stucker's research is focused on additive manufacturing technologies and their applications, with a current focus on new materials development for biomedical implants and aerospace/defense structures using ultrasonic consolidation, laser deposition and laser sintering. Co-author of the textbook "Additive Manufacturing Technologies: Rapid Prototyping to Direct Digital Manufacturing," he has authored or co-authored more than 100 technical publications and is a named inventor on six patents. Stucker has received several awards, including the University of Rhode Island Outstanding Research Award in 2000, the Albert E. Carlotti Faculty Excellence Award in 2001, the 2005 “Dinosaur Award” from the Selective Laser Sintering Users Group and the 2010 Robert J. Painter Award from ASTM International. Recently, he one of three U.S. scholars to receive the Fulbright-VTT Grant in Science, Technology and Innovation. Stucker served as editor for North and South America of the Rapid Prototyping Journal from 2004-09. He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Idaho, and a PhD in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University.
Pat Picariello
ASTM International
 
Pat Picariello is the director of developmental operations for ASTM International. Picariello is responsible for exploring, planning, organizing and managing all aspects of new activity development. He facilitates the formation of new committees, subcommittees and related areas including training courses, proficiency testing programs and compilations. From 1996-2002, Picariello was a staff manager for ASTM, leading 10 technical committees and managing the work of more than 1,500 senior technical clients to develop and implement full-consensus, industry-wide standards. In that position, he was also responsible for marketing strategy, including identification of new opportunity areas for committee growth, productivity and sales. Picariello has a bachelor's in classics from Dartmouth College and a juris doctor from the  Temple University -.
 
2011
11IndustryWilfried Vancraen
Materialise NV


A pioneer in his industry, Wilfried "Fried" Vancraen has been developing breakthroughs in the medical and industrial applications of additive manufacturing (AM) at Materialise for more than 20 years. From the very beginning, he has concentrated on researching and developing solutions for the transfer of data to AM machines. Today, there is an entire range of market leading software solutions offered by Materialise for use in the industrial and medical applications of AM. Software developed at Materialise has allowed the company, and many others like it, to get more out of the AM process and has pushed for the adoption of AM technologies in a growing range of fields. Vancraen also pioneered several major applications in the AM sector including stereolithographic medical models, colored stereolithographic medical models, perforated support structures, RapidFit Fixtures, surgical guides for oral and orthopedic surgeons, and automated hearing-aid design. Furthermore, as he strongly values the growth of the industry as a whole, he has long offered solutions developed at Materialise to others for the benefit of the entire AM industry. In 2010, Vancraen undertook two initiatives: the launch of the i.materialise website and the creation of the Additive Manufacturing Branding Initiative (AMBI). i.materialise allows consumers to express themselves by turning their ideas into 3-D reality. It also empowers consumers to create designs that enrich their lives and enables them to share their sense of beauty with the people around them by adding unique touches to their environment. Vancraen gave additive manufacturing another boost by uniting the industry leaders through the creation of the Additive Manufacturing Branding Initiative (AMBI), which unites the additive manufacturing industry with the intension of growing the market rather than fighting for market share.
2010
10IndustryRethia B. Williams
The Boeing Company

Rethia B. Williams has 30 years of engineering and managerial experience in material and process development and advanced manufacturing for aerospace and commercial products. She currently holds a senior project engineering position with the Direct Digital Manufacturing Team, Boeing Research & Technology. Williams' engineering career began in a high-speed production environment at Monsanto making nylon fibers for the textile industry. She then moved into the aerospace industry to develop and manufacture high-temperature composites and protective coating systems at Vought and later at Rockwell International, Rocketdyne Division. Williams worked on a variety of Department of Defense and NASA programs, including Peacekeeper, Atlas, Delta, Space Shuttle Main Engines, National Aerospace Plane, Space Station and several Advanced Programs. While at Rocketdyne, she was given a tremendous opportunity in the late 1980s to investigate an emerging technology, now known as rapid prototyping/direct digital manufacturing. A rapid prototyping (RP) lab was established at Rocketdyne in 1992, and Williams was the team leader who brought in the first DTM Sinterstation 2000. For her work in the RP field and for contributions on an important NASA contract, in 1994, Williams was the first female to be awarded Engineer of the Year at Rockwell International. In 1997, she left the aerospace industry to explore small business ownership. Williams shifted back into consumer products for the next four years performing CNC programming for large textile machines. In 2001, she returned to Boeing where she helped bridge the gap between development and manufacturing. Williams helped build the Boeing subsidiary, On Demand Manufacturing, from the ground level to meet F/A-18 production requirements. ODM was acquired by RMB Products Inc. in 2005 and is still producing high-quality F/A-18 parts for Boeing. She holds a BS in ceramic engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and an MS in materials science from Ohio State University.  
2009
09IndustryAndrew M. Christensen
President & Chief Technical Officer
Medical Modeling Inc.

Andrew M. Christensen has been involved in the field of additive manufacturing for more than 13 years. During that time, his main focus has been on medical applications of these technologies. With a BS in marketing from the University of Colorado at Denver and a team of skilled engineers and artists, his company, Medical Modeling, has spent years finding value and promoting to surgeons the use of "tactile medical imaging. Surgeons the world over have since come to rely on these RP-generated models every day for the most complex reconstruction cases in specialties ranging from neurosurgery to orthopedic surgery to dental implantology. Some of Christensen's accomplishments include writing numerous clinical and scientific articles as well as three book chapters, helping surgical teams worldwide with 25 different sets of conjoined twins, receiving first place in the 2004 3D Systems' Excellence Awards, being honored as first place in the 2006 National Science Foundation "Visualization Challenge" and providing rapid manufactured EBM titanium mesh implants for cranial reconstruction of some 30+ injured soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center working in conjunction with Dr. Steve Rouse. Christensen has been an active SME member since 1998 and is a current RTAM/SME Community advisor. He is also a board member of the nonprofit World Craniofacial Foundation and holds a single U.S. Patent with several more pending. 

2008
08IndustryProf. Dr. Gideon Levy
Research Director
Inspire AG Institute for Rapid Product Development


Prof. Dr. Gideon Levy is research director of Inspire AG Institute for Rapid Product Development. While head of iRPD, when it was affiliated with FHS St. Gallen-University for Applied Sciences (St. Gallen, Switzerland), Levy led a team in the development of new, groundbreaking selective laser sintering materials. In doing so, he addressed key barriers, which resulted in the greater utilization of the technology. Users within the industry are constantly demanding more and more quality materials. Levy's team answered that call by making advances that delivered a combination of processing characteristics and quality. A member of SME and a fellow member at CIRP (The International Academy for Production Engineering), Levy has a Master's of Science in control engineering and a Doctor of Science degree in manufacturing technology. He holds 20 patents and has published 150 scientific and technical articles, and was named one of Time-Compression Technologies' (United Kingdom's) 25 Most Influential People in Rapid Manufacturing.