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AM Industry Achievement Award

The AM Industry Achievement Award, established in 2008 by SME's Additive Manufacturing Community, was developed to recognize an individual or team for outstanding accomplishments that have had significant impact within the additive manufacturing industry or in any industry through the application of additive manufacturing technologies. As the name suggests, the award recognizes achievements that have been implemented or deployed in a commercial/industrial environment rather than research investigative work. Winners are selected with consideration for the scope and scale of benefits realized and the potential future impact their work will have on the industry.

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2024 Winner

Paul Gradl, is being recognized by SME’s Additive Manufacturing Technical Community as the 2024 AM Industry Achievement Award Winner. Mr. Gradl is a principal engineer and subject matter expert at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, advancing aerospace engineering since 2004 through innovative additive manufacturing (AM) for liquid rocket engines. A Gannon University graduate with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA, he also holds an M.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Alabama-Huntsville and is a PhD candidate at Delft University of Technology. Gradl has led over 20 research projects, authored 130 publications, and holds five U.S. patents. Recognized as AIAA’s “Engineer of the Year” in 2022, he actively mentors students and supports STEM initiatives.