Charles Hull Accepts 2017 Washington Award Nomination

Charles W. Hull is the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of 3D Systems. Chuck is the inventor of the solid imaging process known as Stereolithography, the first commercial 3D printing technology. With the founding of 3D Systems in 1986, he initiated the 3D printing industry and continues to lead it today with cutting edge innovations ranging from state-of-the-art production 3D printers that have changed the game in manufacturing to precision healthcare and medical 3D printing solutions, ondemand parts manufacturing services and digital design tools. He is a named inventor on 85 United States patents, plus numerous other patents around the world in the fields of ion optics and 3D printing.

Prior to founding 3D Systems, Chuck served six years as vice president of engineering at UVP, Inc. in San Gabriel, California, a systems manufacturing company. Before that, he spent 10 years as an engineering manager at DuPont’s Photo Products Division, concentrating on the development of analytical equipment for chemists, including mass spectrometer and GC/MS systems. Earlier in his career he was a senior engineer at Bell & Howell. Chuck received a BS in engineering physics from the University of Colorado in 1961, an honorary Doctorate in Engineering from Loughborough University in the U.K. in 2005, and an honorary Doctorate in Science from the University of Colorado in 2016.

About theWashington Award

The prestigious Washington Award is conferred upon an engineer(s) whose professional attainments have preeminently advanced the welfare of human kind. Each year, during Engineers Week, presentation of the award is made at a joint banquet of the members and guests of the Western Society of Engineers; the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers; American Society of Civil Engineers; American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers; National Society of Professional Engineers; and the American Nuclear Society.
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2017 Chicagoland Engineering Awards Benefit


February 24, 2017


Hilton Chicago – 720 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago

Featuring the 98th presentation of the Washington Award.



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In addition to the presentation of the Washington Award, nearly 100 pre-college students will be recognized for their success in regional STEM competitions.


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