TCT WI3DP Innovator Award 2023 - Finalists!
For the third 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 2023 were announced on January 25th 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.
The public vote is now open! The Deadline for voting is 15th February 2023.
2023 WI3DP VOTE
Alba Gonzalez Alvarez is a doctor in Biomedical Engineering with 9 years of industrial, academic and hospital experience. Alba has developed hundreds of implantable medical devices with the use of 3D printing technology, and has also pioneered virtual surgical planning, additive manufacturing of different biomaterials and surgical navigation technologies in healthcare.
Previously, she worked at Stanmore Stryker (UK), designing personalised orthopaedic implants; and for the NHS at Morriston Hospital, UK, developing medical devices and implementing 3D printing at the point of care. Alba has been an invited speaker to many international conferences, including the World Congress of Biomechanics, and has recently been awarded with the National Design Award 2022 from the Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain for her pioneering career in design for healthcare.
Beth Ripley MD, PhD is the Deputy Chief for the Office of Healthcare Innovation and Learning for the Veterans Health Administration and is an Associate Professor of Radiology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She oversees the enterprise-wide VHA Office of Advanced Manufacturing, which has an ambitious goal: for every VA Medical Center to have access to 3D printing services, providing patient-specific health care solutions to all 9 million Veterans.
She served as the Chair
of the VHA 3D Printing Advisory Committee from 2017-2021, and was the recipient of the 2020 Samuel
J. Heyman Service to America Medal for Science and the Environment for her work with 3D Printing in
VHA. Ripley specializes in translating medical imaging into virtual and 3D-printed models with the goal of
changing the way doctors and patients understand and treat disease. She collaborates across multiple
disciplines and has a passion for innovation and human-centered design.
Jessica Drazba is Director of Resin Product Development at Carbon. In this role Jessica leads a team responsible for the development of the broadest portfolio of new resin products used for growing 3D objects with Carbon Digital Light Synthesis technology. At Carbon, Jessica defined and established an interdisciplinary resin product commercialization process, with an emphasis on program management, design assurance, scalability, and regulatory compliance.
She joined Carbon in 2015
from the Dow Chemical Company where she was a Senior Scientist and project lead responsible for
product R&D for the wire and cable industry. Jessica holds a B.S. in Chemistry from McGill University
and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of California Berkeley.
Kate Black is a multidisciplinary Researcher, Professor and Entrepreneur focused on elevating the additive manufacturing industry through chemistry and collaboration. She is also a campaigner for greater diversity in the STEM workforce. In 2019 she co-founded the university spin-out, Meta Additive Limited, to commercialise a novel chemical approach to 3D printing. Meta Additive was acquired by Desktop Metal in September 2021, further securing the technologies future, and ensuring faster delivering to market.
Kate is also campaigning to broaden recruitment into the manufacturing industry and
into other STEM careers. She believes in the need for new and different minds, for
diversity in its widest sense, enabling the manufacturing industry to achieve its full
potential. In 2013, Kate founded LivWISE (Liverpool Women in Science &
Engineering) to celebrate, support and promote women in STEMM. Kate was voted
as one of the top 100 UK influencers in manufacturing by The Manufacturer in 2021
and Academic Entrepreneur at the PraxisAuril Knowledge Exchange awards in 2022.
Following her PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Parastoo joined Advanced Materials Processing (AMPLab) group at University of Birmingham exploring and building on her interests in the applications of 3D printing in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Her research focuses on utilising the design flexibility of additive manufacturing in healthcare to fabricate patient-specific implants to add further value and functionality to medical implants.
Her research experience over the past 9 years has provided her with expertise in applications of different types of additive manufacturing techniques with multiple materials including plastic, metals, ceramics, hydrogel and composites for 3D printing of customized components for both medical and industrial applications. She frequently participates in conferences and invited talks. She is also an active participant on several outreach and public engagement activities. Dr Jamshidi has published over 30 peer reviewed articles (h- index 18) and filed several patent applications.