The CAD Society announced that Michael Payne is the winner of this year’s CAD Society's Lifetime Achievement Award.
The CAD Society Awards acknowledge the contributions made by individuals that have affected and developed the CAD, engineering, manufacturing and architecture software industries. The Lifetime Achievement award recognizes a lifetime of outstanding technical and business contributions to the CAD industry.
Payne is well known for his vision and business acumen across the decades - and its effect on the industry. First rising to notice as Director of Development for Prime Computer, Payne then co-founded Parametric Technology Corp. (PTC) in 1985 where he was VP of Development. He then moved on to be a co-founder of SolidWorks in 1994 as Executive Vice President of R&D, and in 1999, as Chief Technology Officer for Dassault Systemes, he moved into the CEO spot at the company's recently acquired Spatial Corp. Payne moved to SpaceClaim in 2005 as CEO and a co-founder and is currently Chairman of the company's board.
Companies that Mike helped found each delivered paradigm shifts in the industry, contributing to fundamentally redefine the industry and delivering greater power and more affordable technologies to engineers.
Payne holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southampton, a master's in physics from London University, and a master's in business administration from Pace University. He is a chartered engineer (C Eng.), a lifetime member of IEEE and a member of The Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET).