America Makes, the Department of Defense’s manufacturing innovation institute for Additive Manufacturing based in Youngstown, Ohio, USA, announced the recipients of its 2023 Ambassador Awards and Distinguished Collaborator Award at the annual Members Meeting and Exchange (MMX) held on August 15-16 in Canfield, Ohio.
The Ambassador Award Program was launched in 2017 to recognise individuals who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to advancing America Makes and its mission. The 2023 class represents a cross-section of the industry whose work helped to further advance additive technology and demonstrate the resilience of the AM community. These champions also represent the progress made in AM technology, ecosystem expansion, and workforce development.
The winners of this year’s awards are as follows:
- Captain Brad Baker, Captain, US Naval Academy
- Guy Coviello, President and CEO, Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber
- Elizabeth Henry, Founder/Principal, Henry General Strategies
- Howard Marotto, AM Business Director, EWI
- Elisa Peters, PM2 Strategies
- Cynthia Rogers, Communications ADDvisor, The Barnes Global Advisors
- Prabhjot Singh, Director, Additive Manufacturing Process Capability Center, RTX
- Mike Vasquez, Founder, 3Degrees
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During the MMX event, Marilyn T Gaska, PhD, LM Senior Fellow at Lockheed Martin, was awarded the 2023 Distinguished Collaborator Award. This award, established in 2014, recognises individuals who cultivate effective collaborative relationships with academia, government, and industry. Gaska is the first person to receive both the Ambassador and Collaborator awards. She is recognised for her exceptional efforts in advancing AM technology, practices, and innovation in the manufacturing industry, as well as her contributions to the Institute.
“As chair of the America Makes Maintenance and Sustainment Advisory Group and an ambassador since 2017, I am honoured to be the recipient of the 2023 Distinguished Collaborator Award,” said Dr Gaska. “In particular hosting six of the Additive and Advanced Manufacturing Wargames and Workshops annual events provided an exceptional opportunity to support collaboration among the government, industry, and academia.”
“This is an exciting time to be part of America Makes,” stated John Wilczynski, Executive Director of the Institute. “As we continue to strengthen and build upon our successful collaboration model, the work of these individuals remains critical to the industry’s future. Their passion and drive are helping to fuel the next generation of AM innovators.”