3D printing organization America Makes has presented its Distinguished Collaborator award to Ralph Resnick and Rob Gorham.
3D printing organization America Makes has presented its Distinguished Collaborator award to Ralph Resnick and Rob Gorham.

3D printing organization America Makes has presented its Distinguished Collaborator award to Ralph Resnick, America Makes founding director, and Rob Gorham, Texas A&M executive director, for their contribution to America Makes.

The award honors individuals for cultivating effective collaborative relationships with academia, government, and industry, the organization says.

‘Without Ralph’s leadership of NCDMM, there would not be an America Makes today, as we know it,’ said NCDMM president and CEO Dean Bartles. ‘Under his guidance and oversight throughout these transformative last seven years, the model of public-private partnerships was established and proven through an extraordinary level of member collaboration.’

‘During his tenure at America Makes, primarily as executive director, Rob worked tirelessly and enthusiastically to lay the strategic groundwork for the Institute’s continued success,’ said John Wilczynski, America Makes executive director. ‘He was the architect for the convener, coordinator, and catalyzer of people, knowledge, and projects brand messaging for defining the Institute’s role within the AM industry.’

America Makes has also announced its 2019 ambassadors, which it defines as individuals who demonstrate outstanding dedication to America Makes and its mission. They include:

  • John E Barnes, founder and managing director, The Barnes Group Advisors
  • Stephanie Gaffney, director of advanced manufacturing programs, Youngstown Business Incubator
  • Chris Holshouser, technical director, Wichita State University
  • Debbie Holton, MD, American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Richard J Lonardo, principle consultant, Defense and Energy Systems
  • Petra Mitchell, president and CEO, Catalyst Connection
  • Diana Natalicio, retired president of the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)
  • Col Jeffrey Shaffer, US Air Force
  • Ryan Wicker, director of the Keck Center, UTEP.

This story uses material from America Makes, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.