CAD Society Announces Winner of the 2006 Joe Greco Community Award

Chris Yessios, Co-founder, President and CEO of AutoDesSys Inc., to be recognized at COFES2006 and presented with CAD Society 2006 Joe Greco Community Award

DENVER, CO, April 10, 2006 -- The CAD Society, a not-for-profit CAD industry association, today announced the winner of the 2006 Joe Greco Community Award. The recipient of this year's award is Chris Yessios, PhD, co-founder, President and CEO of AutoDesSys Inc. The award will be presented at a ceremony on April 22 at COFES2006: The Congress on the Future of Engineering Software, being held in Scottsdale, Arizona, April 20-23, 2006.

The CAD Society's Joe Greco Community Award (previously The CAD Society Award for Community) is awarded each year to one individual who has distinguished themselves by improving communication and developing community within the CAD industry. It has been renamed in memory of industry analyst and editor, Joe Greco, who passed away two years ago. Joe was also President of the CAD Society at the time.

Chris Yessios holds a PhD in Computer Aided Design from Carnegie-Mellon University (1973) and his formal education includes a BArch (1967) and a Diploma in Law (1962), both from the Aristotelian University in Greece.

He taught and researched at The Ohio State University from 1973 to 1995, where he was a Professor of Computer Aided Design and Director of the Graduate Program in Computer Aided Architectural Design. During his tenure he wrote and published more than 100 research papers and book chapters and conducted research that resulted in a number of prototypical CAD and 3D modeling systems. His list of sponsors includes IBM, DEC, and the National Science Foundation. He is now Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University.

In 1990, with David Kropp, a former student of his, he founded AutoDesSys, Inc., a company that produces 3D modeling software, such as form.Z. He has been the CEO and President of the company since its start.

"Dr. Yessios was just about the perfect candidate to be the recipient of the 2006 Joe Greco Community Award based on his philosophy and commitment to the educational community," said Jeff Rowe, President of the CAD Society. "His many years of dedication to education have inspired countless students to aspire to much loftier goals than they probably would have otherwise without his presence and support. I think our dear departed friend, Joe Greco would have been very pleased with Chris Yessios as the recipient of the Community award."

The CAD Society is a not-for-profit industry association with the goal of fostering a community and encouraging open communication among those who make their living within the CAD industry including AEC, mechanical, manufacturing and GIS.

About The CAD Society
The CAD Society ( is a not-for-profit industry association with the goal of fostering community and encouraging open communication among those who make their living within the CAD industry including AEC, mechanical, manufacturing, and GIS. The CAD Society is dedicated to creating an informative community and improving the tools its members employ in order to get their jobs done. This is achieved by providing an open forum of communication, which helps to illuminate the practices of industry vendors. It has been a leader in creating interoperability guidelines that encourage software vendors to develop applications that can openly share data.

The sixth annual Congress on the Future of Engineering Software, presented by HP, will take place at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, Scottsdale, Ariz., April 20-23, 2006. COFES, a mainstay of the engineering software industry, provides an intensive conference atmosphere where private and public discussions are held. Attendees are executives, end users, CAD and PLM vendors, analysts, and press who work together to determine, define, and clarify the business issues of engineering technologies.

COFES is an invitation-only event. To find out more information and to request an invitation, please visit

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