Announcing the 2013 SolidWorks User Group Network Award Winners

The SolidWorks User Group Network established the SWUGN Awards in 2005 to recognize outstanding achievement in the SolidWorks User Group Community. The awards are presented annually at the SolidWorks World Conference.

Phil SluderUser Group of the Year
San Diego SolidWorks User Group

The San Diego SolidWorks User Group is entering its 18th year of service to the SolidWorks Community, and has been holding monthly meetings since it was formed.  In August 2013, the group celebrated its 200th meeting, a record that may never be matched.   The San Diego SolidWorks User Group has a reputation for quality technical presentations – many of them provided by long-time group leader Phil Sluder.



Jeff HollidayUser Group Leader of the Year – Presented in honor of Wayne Tiffany
Jeff Holliday – Mid-Atlantic Region Independent SolidWorks User Group

Jeff has been leading MARISUG, a very successful SolidWorks User Group for more than 8 years now, and regularly attends local events to promote the group.  Jeff is also one of the leading SolidWorks forum participants, providing helpful answers, tips, and advice to the community.


DeepakMichelle Pillers Community Award
Deepak Gupta

Deepak Gupta showed up on the SolidWorks Community scene in 2008 and hasn’t looked back.  You’ll find Deepak on just about every SolidWorks related community site, his blog, and places like Twitter, Google+, and Yahoo Groups.  Seemingly never needing sleep, you can find Deepak online 24/7/365 helping SolidWorks users around the world.


Congratulations to this year’s recipients, and thank you to all of our SolidWorks Community members for your energy, your help, and your dedication to the greatest CAD Community ever.

Richard Doyle
My official title is Senior User Advocacy & SolidWorks User Groups - but most people just call me "The User Group Guy". I've been a SolidWorks user since 1997, and was one of the founding members of the SWUGN Committee. Since starting the Central Texas SolidWorks User Group in 1999, my career path has led me to DS SolidWorks and a dream job supporting the SolidWorks User Group Network worldwide.
Richard Doyle
Richard Doyle