It was with great sadness that members of the JTEC/WTEC rapid prototyping panel learned of the death of fellow panelist Dick Aubin. The panel would like to take this opportunity to recognize Dick's lasting contributions to not only the effort of this study, but to the rapid prototyping community at large.
Dick graduated from of the University of Hartford and was employed at Pratt & Whitney (United Technologies, UT) for many years. He led numerous partnership efforts among industry, universities and government. He served as the chairman of the Rapid Prototyping Association of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and chaired the National Science Foundation's Rapid Mold Tooling Consortia, a venture of MIT, UT and other Fortune 500 companies. He was a pioneer in the International Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) effort with his work in the Rapid Product Development feasibility study. He leaves an internationally acclaimed reputation for his knowledge and leadership in these advanced manufacturing technologies. At the time of his death he was Manager of Rapid Manufacturing, United Technologies Research Center.
Dick Lopatka, one of Dick's colleagues at United Technologies, speaks for all of us in saying, "Dick will be greatly missed not only due to his technology leadership, but for his energy, humor, generosity and concern for others."
It was an honor to have Dick as a member of this panel. He was an innovative leader, an outstanding educator in the field of rapid prototyping, and an inspiration to those whose lives he touched. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Fritz B. Prinz