For the second year, the 3D printing community have put forward their nominations for the TCT Wi3DP Innovator Award, and after careful consideration the judges have announced the five finalists.  These finalists are at the pinnacle of their profession, leading the charge in developing, enhancing and innovating within the 3D printing and additive manufacturing world.

The finalists for the TCT WI3DP Innovator Award 2022 were announced on January 19th during the TIPE 3D Printing by Women in 3D Printing virtual conference. TCT Head of Content, Laura Griffiths, chaired a panel session with the five finalists to discuss their achievements and what's next for the industry and to open the public vote.  The panel session can be viewed at the Wi3DP Youtube Channel.  

The public vote has now closed! 

The winner of the TCT Wi3DP Innovator Award 2022 will be announced at the TCT Awards ceremony on 8th June 2022. 

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TCT Women in 3D Printing Innovator Award - Public Vote 2022

Women in 3D Printing

Eliana Fu - Industry Manager, Aerospace and Medical - TRUMPF


Eliana Fu was educated at Imperial College, University of London with a Masters and PhD in Materials Science. Eliana also performed post-doctoral research at Loughborough University (UK) and Clemson University (USA).After working extensively in the Traditional Manufacturing world, with TWI then TIMET and SpaceX, she turned her attention to Additive Manufacturing at SpaceX and then with Relativity Space as Senior Engineer: Additive Technologies.

Eliana then joined TRUMPF as Industry Manager, Aerospace & Medical. She served as an advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Advanced Manufacturing Committee. She is also the Women in 3D Printing Ambassador for Las Vegas and is also on the Technical Advisory board of Hyperion Metals. Eliana has written a book based on her experiences as a female engineer at SpaceX.

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Diana Kalisz - Vice President, Materials - 3D Systems


Diana Kalisz has been part of 3D Systems for more than 30 years – joining the company in 1989 after beginning her career in aerospace. She has worked in a variety of capacities including managing printer, software and materials programs as well as leading the company’s overall engineering organisation. Under her leadership, 3D Systems has commercialised dozens of products to facilitate the maturation of rapid prototyping as well as true production applications. In her current role, Diana is focused on materials development for the company’s Figure 4 platform. She has a specific focus on Figure 4 materials directly used for many types of production applications.

Diana is a member of P.E.O., a women’s Philanthropic Educational Organisation that supports higher education for women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans, and stewardship of Cottey College. This small organisation has raised and given hundreds of millions of dollars to support women’s education.

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Ellen Lee - Technical Leader of Additive Manufacturing for Research & Advanced Engineering - Ford Motor Company


Dr. Ellen Lee is the Technical Leader of Additive Manufacturing for Research & Advanced Engineering at Ford Motor Company, responsible for leading the technical development of advanced polymer additive manufacturing (AM) materials and technologies for functional use in the automotive sector. She established Ford’s dedicated AM research program in 2014 to enable its use to drive product innovation, enhance quality, and improve efficiency and flexibility in manufacturing. In her current role, Dr. Lee sets the strategic direction for AM and its integration across the enterprise through activities including the development of the AM technology roadmap, qualification and standardisation of AM use cases, and development of AM training and education.

Dr. Lee received her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University and her Doctorate (Ph.D.) degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. She serves on the board of directors for SPE’s AM Technical Interest Group and as an advisor for SME’s AM Technical Community, in addition to active participation with organisations including USCAR, SWE, ASTM, and Women in 3D Printing.

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Candice Majewski - Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering – University of Sheffield


Candice fell in love with 3D Printing during a one-off lecture while she was finishing her undergraduate degree just over 20 years ago, deciding there and then that this what she wanted to do with her life! She’s currently an academic at The University of Sheffield, leading a team of staff and PhD students carrying out industrial and academic research to understand and optimise the interactions between materials and processes in powdered-polymer 3D Printing.

She is passionate about inspiring the next generation of 3D Printing experts, and one of her favourite parts of her job is developing and delivering teaching. To date she’s taught over a thousand Undergraduate and Masters students, and is particularly excited that many of them have gone into careers in 3D Printing afterwards. She also enjoys raising awareness of 3D Printing more broadly, and can often be found taking part in Outreach activities aimed at introducing the general public to these technologies and to Engineering in general.

The one thing Candice wants everyone to know about 3D Printing is that there’s no single ‘type’ of person who can be successful in this area - whatever your background, interests or motivations, there’s almost certainly a place for you in this community!

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Katy Milne - Head of Industrial Strategy - FlyZero


Dr Katy Milne is the Head of Industrial Strategy for FlyZero - an Aerospace Technology Institute project to lay the UK's roadmaps to zero carbon aviation and part of the UK government's Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution.

Before FlyZero, Katy was Chief Engineer for DRAMA - a £14.3m additive manufacturing project led by the National Centre for Additive Manufacturing at the MTC - enabling the adoption of metal powder bed additive for UK aerospace supply chain.

Katy has a background in developing metrology and non-destructive testing for advanced manufacturing processes and materials.

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