Bill Shiner, VP of industrial markets for IPG Photonics, received the 2009 President's Award from the Laser Institute of America (LIA) at its recent ICALEO conference in Florida. The LIA President’s Award honours individuals who have made significant contributions to the LIA and enable the growth and prosperity of the society. This is the first presentation of the Award in more than five years.
At the ceremony, Shiner was recognised by current LIA President Rajesh Patel for his long term contributions towards the success of LIA.
Shiner has served on the LIA Board of Directors since the 1970s, culminating in his term as president in 2007. Shiner has championed the society over the years with conference papers, advertisements, sponsorships and was the force behind the development of the LIA Laser Application Resource Guide and the Laser Additive Manufacturing Workshop. He was also inducted as an LIA Fellow at the awards ceremony.