AwardsTitle SMASMA Pioneers

In 2015, the Solid Modeling Association (SMA) has introduced the title of Solid Modeling Pioneer to honor early contributors who have been influential in starting and expanding the field of Solid Modeling or its applications in Academia or Industry. To qualify, one must have made some contribution to the field (defined broadly) at least 25 years prior to the nomination AND must have made a significant impact on the field (not necessarily building on that early contribution). Examples of impact include: designing and leading the development of a solid modeling system that has been used extensively in Industry or Academia, inventing and disseminating ground-breaking theoretical formulations or novel algorithms that have influenced—or been used by—a broad set of solid modeling products or research projects, being the primary author of a manuscript devoted to Solid Modeling that has been widely used (for example in academia), playing a key role in the industrial development and deployment of Solid Modeling technologies or their adoptions by the industry, providing sustained and successful service in developing conferences and publication venues in the field, and leading a significant and prolific organization in Academia or Industry that is focused on Solid Modeling technologies or applications.

The list of current SMA pioneers is available at

Relation to other SMA distinctions

The title of Solid Modeling Pioneer complements the Pierre Bézier Award. Hence, we encourage nominations of past recipients of the Bézier Award to this program. The Bézier Award is highly competitive (only one person or team receives the award every year) and is focused on recognizing each year the most outstanding contribution. In contrast, the distinction of Solid Modeling Pioneer is not competitive (i.e., there is no limit on the absolute or relative number of recipients in a given year), but requires having started activities in Solid Modeling at least 25 years ago.


The Solid Modeling Pioneer status is awarded by the SMA to individuals who started working in the field more than 25 years ago and who have made a significant impact on its early development or more recent expansion. Each year, the nominees will be selected from all the submitted applications via a vote of the SMA Solid Modeling Pioneer Award Committee. The chair of that committee will be appointed each year by the chair of the SMA. The members of the committee will be appointed jointly by the Chair of the SMA and the Chair of the SMA Award Committee. The details of the nomination and voting process are left to the discretion of the Chair of the Committee. The list of people who received the SMA Solid Modeling Pioneer distinction will be announced at the SPM conference and will be posted on the SMA website, along with the suggested text for the announcement, the short bio, and the photo of each Pioneer. 2019 recipients will be invited to deliver a short talk at SM 2019 outlining their key accomplishments, their impact, or their perspective on the history of the Solid Modeling field and their vision of its future and of the key challenges that we must address.

To nominate, or to self-nominate, a candidate for the distinction of Solid Modeling Pioneer of the SMA, please fill in the nomination form provided on the SMA web site and email it to both Jessica Zhang (Chair of the SMA, and Sai Nelaturi (Chair of the SMA Award Committee, no later than March 31, 2019. The form requires a summary text for the announcement (up to 250 words) that outlines the main contribution and its impact, a brief bio (up to 250 words) of the nominee, a reference to a contribution (publication, product, key-note, report, thesis…) that was produced at least 25 years before the nomination date, an explanation (up to 700 words) of the significant impact that the nominee had on the field, a photo of the nominee (if available), and the names of four internationally recognized “leaders” of the Solid Modeling field who have agreed to endorse this nomination. When emailing the nomination or self-nomination, please cc all endorsers and use a subject “Solid Modeling Pioneer Nomination 2019 for XXX”, where XXX is the name of the nominee.


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