Nominations Sought For 2006 CAD Society Awards

BETHESDA, MD, February 2006 - - The CAD Society today announced it is now accepting nominations for the 2006 CAD Society Industry Awards.

The CAD Society Industry Awards recognize the contributions of individuals within the Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) and engineering software industry. CAD and related engineering software applications are used in the design of buildings, automobiles, consumer goods, and just about every manufactured product produced today.

"The three awards The CAD Society presents every year is our way of recognizing those who have contributed to the CAD/CAM industry in various ways," said Jeff Rowe, president of The CAD Society. "We are looking forward to hearing what the community has to say when they help us select the 2006 nominees."

The CAD Society presents awards in three categories:

Leadership Award: For outstanding technical and business leadership in the CAD industry, and focus and dedication to the needs of CAD users. Robert McNeel was the 2005 recipient of the Leadership award. Other past award recipients include Tony Affuso, Tom Butta, Jon Hirschtick, Bernard Charl, and Frank Perna.

Joe Greco Community Award: For outstanding work in improving communication and developing community within the CAD industry. Lynn Allen was the 2005 recipient of the Community award. Other past award recipients include Randall Rath, CJ Shirk, Kristine Fallon, Ralph Grabowski, and Amy Rowell.

Lifetime Award: For a lifetime of outstanding technical and business contributions to the CAD industry. Ken Versprille was the 2005 recipient of the Lifetime award. Other past award recipients includes L. Stephen Wolfe, Carl Machover, Dr. Joel Orr, Patrick Hanratty, and Jason Lemon.

The board members of the CAD Society will review all nominations on Wednesday March 29, 2006 and will determine the award winners for each of the three categories. Nominations should be sent to Email Contact and will be accepted through March 22, 2006.

The recipients of the awards will be announced and posted on the CAD Society web site prior to COFES 2006 (Congress On the Future of Engineering Software). The awards will be presented at COFES 2006 held April 20-23 in Scottsdale, AZ.

About The CAD Society
The CAD Society ( is a not-for-profit industry association which has the goal of fostering community and encouraging open communication among those who make their living within the CAD industry. It has been a leader in creating interoperability guidelines that encourage software vendors to develop applications that can share data openly. Membership is free for individuals.

COFES: The Congress On the Future of Engineering Software ( is an annual business event created for the engineering software and hardware industry by Cyon Research Corporation ( COFES 2006 is a unique conference with a difference: COFES focuses on intense sessions of discussion, argument, and debate, on issues that will affect your business as it invests in, and depends upon, engineering technologies. This year's event, sponsored by Hewlett Packard, will be held in Scottsdale, AZ April 20-23, 2006.


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