The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) has announced that Diana Kalisz, VP – Materials for 3D Systems, Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA, has been named the recipient of its Innovators Award. AMUG bestows this award on those whose ideas have advanced the Additive Manufacturing industry.
The Innovators Award will be presented at the 2023 AMUG Conference following Kalisz’s onstage appearance during the conference’s Innovators Showcase. Previous recipients include Chuck Hull, Scott Crump, Carl Deckard, Fried Vancraen, Gideon Levy, Hans Langer, and Andy Christensen.
“Diana’s contributions to innovation in Additive Manufacturing centre around bringing innovative ideas to life,” stated Mark Abshire, AMUG president. “In that vein, she has played a pivotal role in delivering new machines, materials, and software. And she not only nurtured innovations, but she also enabled those around her to innovate. Diana is the kind of person AMUG seeks to celebrate. She is someone that is often overlooked because she does her job so well and doesn’t seek out recognition.”
Abshire continued, “Diana is the reason why I joined the Additive Manufacturing industry. Nearly thirty years ago, I worked with Diana as a customer of 3D Systems. Her passion for and dedication to the technology was infectious.”
He also noted that Kalisz was instrumental in the foundational days of the user group as the liaison between the users and 3D Systems. In that role, she was said to have listened to user wishes and turned them into R&D projects.
Kalisz has worked in Additive Manufacturing for over thirty years. Her entire AM career has been with one company, 3D Systems. Following her career in aerospace, she joined 3D Systems as a project manager for the large-format SLA 500, the second stereolithography machine offered by the company.
Kalisz has managed, in various capacities, the engineering and development programmes for the company’s hardware, software, and materials solutions. Before her current position, she served as vice president, Engineering. Under her leadership, 3D Systems has commercialised dozens of products with the intent to facilitate maturation within the industry and to address the needs for production applications.
Presently, Kalisz is 3D Systems’ vice president, Materials, focusing on developing production applications for the company’s Figure 4 platform. She works with customers and her 3D Systems colleagues to enable the use of Figure 4 solutions from selection (Additive Manufacturing machines, materials, and software) through development to meet the needs of those deploying AM as part of their production workflow.
Kalisz is also a member of PEO, a women’s philanthropic educational organisation that supports higher education for women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans, and stewardship.
The AMUG Conference is scheduled to take place March 19-23, 2023, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. On the final day of the conference, Kalisz will be interviewed during the Innovators Showcase.