CAD Society Announces Richard Doyle of SolidWorks as the winner of the 2009 CAD Society Community Award

Here's something I got yesterday about our very own Richard Doyle. And yes, I'm cribbing most of this from a press release, but it's such awesome news that I wanted to get it out without too much delay (writing blog entries takes time, you know).

The CAD Society has announced that Richard is
the winner of the 2009 CAD Society Joe Greco Community Award, for his
achievements in building the SolidWorks community throughout the last decade.

The CAD Society Awards acknowledge the contributions made by
individuals that have affected and developed the CAD, engineering,
manufacturing and architecture software industries. The Joe Greco Community
award recognizes outstanding work in improving communication and developing
community within the CAD industry, and is awarded in memory of Joe Greco, a
past CAD Society president.

in 1999, Richard started a local
SolidWorks user group in his home town in Texas. Within 2 years of starting that he
had built a popular user event for SolidWorks users across the entire state,
with over 600 total attendees over the span of 4 years. Since then, and while
working for SolidWorks, he has helped build the SolidWorks User Group Network
into an 8,000-member organization with 150 local groups in 22 countries.

was nominated for the award by another SolidWorks User Group leader, Daniel
Bertschi, who founded the Northeast Ohio SolidWorks User Group. “Richard’s
enthusiasm and commitment has made the SolidWorks User Group network what it is
today. Richard truly cares for the people in the CAD industry, and graciously
sets the bar high for others in the CAD community to follow. This award is a
well-deserved recognition of his efforts.”

They even got Jeff Ray on the phone to talk about Richard. "Richard
Doyle's passion for helping CAD users is evident," says Jeff. "For years, Richard has helped
designers thrive by relying on one another as resources—both in their local
communities and online. This recognition, and the nomination from one of the
SolidWorks User Group leaders, is fitting and well-deserved."

The awards will be presented at COFES (Congress On the Future
of Engineering Software), this year scheduled for April 16-19 2009 in Scottsdale, AZ. Past
winners of this award include: Evan Yares, Sean Dotson, Chris Yessios, Lynn
Allen, Randall Rath, CJ Shirk, Kristine Fallon, and Ralph Grabowski.

Good job Richard!

Matthew West

SolidWorks alumnus. I like plate reverb, Rat pedals, Thai curry, New Weird fiction, my kids, Vespas, Jazzmasters, my wife & Raiders of the Lost Ark. Not necessarily in that order.