The CAD Society Announces 2004 CAD Society Industry Lifetime Achievement Award

The CAD Society Announces 2004 CAD Society Industry Lifetime Achievement Award

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 5, 2004 — The CAD Society, a not-for-profit CAD industry user association, today announced the winner of the 2004 CAD Society Industry Lifetime Achievement Award. The recipient of this year’s award is L. Stephen Wolfe, P.E. publisher and chief executive officer of CAD/CAM Publishing, Inc. The award was presented at a ceremony on April 3 at COFES2004: The Congress on the Future of Engineering Software, being held in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The CAD Society Industry Lifetime Achievement Award is presented for a lifetime of outstanding technical and business contributions to the CAD industry. Stephen Wolfe was selected to receive this year’s award for his life-long dedication and contributions to the CAD community.

“Steve was chosen for this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award because of his extensive involvement and presence in the CAD industry,” said Joe Greco, president of the CAD Society. “His dedication, ideas and opinions have provided valuable insight and growth throughout the industry. He has had a positive influence on the CAD industry because of his unbiased opinions, advice and knowledge, and I am excited to present this award to him.”

Wolfe has been an editor, author, consultant, and practicing engineer for more then 30 years. He currently is the editor of CADCAMNet, an online information service covering CAD, product data management, and rapid prototyping. Like Consumer Reports online, CADCAMNet is supported solely by subscriptions and does not have advertising.

Wolfe also edited and published Designing Parts with SolidWorks (published in 1997) one of the first books about SolidWorks, and the Smart Manager’s Guide to Effective CAD Management (1985, 1991, and 1996). He also wrote two books: the Smart Manager’s Guide to Selecting and Purchasing CAD/CAM Systems (1984) and the Handbook for Space Pioneers (1978 and 1979), a science fiction guide to life on planets in other star systems.

In addition, Wolfe was the founder and principle engineer at Engineers Cooperative, a consulting engineering firm from 1979-1981. From 1971 through 1979, Wolfe held engineering positions at Hugh Carter Engineering, Solar Turbines (a Caterpillar company), Chicago Bridge and Iron Company, and General Dynamics Electric Boat Division.

Wolfe is a licensed professional mechanical engineer in California. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University, and his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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 in the market today. Past winners of The CAD Society Industry Lifetime Achievement Award include: Carl Machover, Joel Orr, Patrick Hanratty, and Jason Lemon.

The CAD Society also presents awards in two other categories:

Community — For outstanding work in improving communication and developing community within the CAD industry.

Leadership — For outstanding technical and business leadership in the CAD industry, and dedication to the needs of CAD users.

About The CAD Society
The CAD Society ( is a not-for-profit industry association with the goal of fostering community and encouraging open communication among those who make their living within the CAD industry. The CAD Society is dedicated to improving the tools its members employ in order to get their jobs done. This is achieved by providing an open forum of communication, which helps to shine a light on the practices of industry vendors. 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 event created for the engineering software industry by Cyon Research Corporation ( This year’s event was held in Scottsdale Ariz., April 1-4.

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