The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) announced its 2017—2018 board. Elected by AMUG members during the annual business meeting held at the 2017 AMUG Conference in Chicago, Illinois, the board’s primary responsibility will be to build and oversee the 2018 conference. Assuming the role of president, Paul Bates will lead AMUG as of July 1, 2017.
Bates, who is manager of UL’s Additive Manufacturing Competency Center, has previously served as deputy vice president and, most recently, as vice president. He will replace Steve Deak of GE Aviation, who was ineligible for re-election due to his company’s ownership stake in Arcam AB and Concept Laser. Deak will continue to support AMUG as its past president.
Bates said, “I want to recognize Steve Deak for the exceptional job that he did as president. He led our all-volunteer group to a record-breaking year for conference attendance and sponsor support.”
In the role of vice president, AMUG members elected two first-time officers, Jamie Cone of BD and Carl Dekker of Met-L-Flo. Tom Sorovetz of FCA and Kim Killoran of Stratasys were re-elected to the positions of event manager and secretary, respectively.
Bates said, “I am excited to work with this team that blends experience with fresh insights. Having just completed the largest, most successful AMUG Conference, I have tremendous confidence in the returning board members. At the same time, my personal experience with our new officers gives me the same level of confidence as well as expectations of a renewed vitality.”
The year-over-year growth and projected increase prompted the board to expand its ranks with the addition of three deputy vice president positions. Candidates for these appointed positions and those for chairman, treasurer, AM industry advisor, deputy secretary, and registrar were proposed by the outgoing board and accepted by the incoming board.
With these appointments, the 2017- 2018 AMUG Board members are:
- President: Paul Bates, UL
- Past President: Steve Deak, GE Aviation
- Vice President: Carl Dekker, Met-L-Flo
- Vice President: Jamie Cone, BD
- Event Manager: Tom Sorovetz, FCA
- Secretary: Kim Killoran, Stratasys
- Chairman: Gary Rabinovitz, Reebok
- Treasurer: Vince Anewenter, Milwaukee School of Engineering
- AM Industry Advisor: Todd Grimm, T. A. Grimm & Associates
- Deputy Vice President: Derek Ellis, Computer Aided Technology, Inc.
- Deputy Vice President: Mark Wynn, Yazaki North America
- Deputy Vice President: Dana McCallum, Carbon
- Deputy Vice President: Mark Barfoot, University of Waterloo
- Deputy Vice President: Jay Dinsmore, Dinsmore & Associates
- Deputy Secretary: Leslie Frost, Arcam
- Registrar: Kevin Zaras, DSM Functional Materials
The incoming board also reappointed four AMUG global ambassadors:
- Ambassador: Graham Tromans, GP Tromans Associates
- Ambassador: Stefan Ritt, SLM Solutions
- Ambassador: Nora Cibula, Concept Laser
- Ambassador: Andrew Allshorn, At 3D-Squared Ltd
The board’s responsibilities will include building the program for the 2018 conference, soliciting support from businesses in the additive manufacturing industry, and overseeing the event's day-to-day activities. The five-day event will include a two-night exhibitor expo, hands-on workshops, instructional sessions, technical presentations, and an Awards Banquet gala. The conference’s dates and location will be announced in the coming months.