Student winners of the SHINE Illuminator 3D Printed Design Competition Tour.

Fourth-Annual Illuminator Award Celebrates Local STEAM Education, Exemplary Employees

Dave Gelander Honored with Award, Trophy that Won Student 3D Printing Competition

The fourth annual SHINE Illuminator Award is in the books.

In January, a team of students from Janesville Craig won the 3D Printed Design competition.

At our March Townhall meeting, founder and CEO Greg Piefer honored Dave Gelander as the winner of the 2022 Illuminator Award, which goes to an employee who exemplifies the company’s core values.

And recently the winning student group returned to our campus to tour our facilities.

Craig’s ‘Cheese Curds’ Win 3D Printing Competition

Five teams from four local schools – Craig, ARISE Virtual Academy, Janesville International Education Program, and Rock University High School – competed in this year’s student 3D printing competition.

The designs were judged by a panel of our employees, and the winner was chosen based on the following criteria: innovation and creativity; presentation; usefulness in an office environment; and SHINE-iness.

The winner of the 2022 design competition were Janesville Craig’s “CHS Cheese Curds,” a team made up of Nick Attoe, Thomas Li, Katarina Dries and Tanner Ricks, under the guidance of teacher Mike Groessel.

The group designed and printed a tabletop version of a cascading water fountain that features our logo and core values and is powered by USB.

The 2022 SHINE Illuminator Award

“Each year of the competition, we see the growth and creativity from the students in their 3D printed designs,” said Cheryl Peterson, SHINE’s employee and community engagement manager. “This collaboration with the School District of Janesville has been one of our favorite annual activities to reach out to the next generation.”

The team won a $500 donation to their school program and an invitation back to tour SHINE at a later date.

Fountain Trophy Goes to Gelander

As we work to grow our Therapeutics business and scale up production of lutetium-177, supply chain manager Dave Gelander has made it his personal mission to live out SHINE’s core values. He shows Pioneering Spirit, SHINE Together, Empowered Accountability, Responsibility and Grit not just internally with the teams he works with, but externally with customers, as well.

“The core values are visible and upfront in all our meetings and conversations. Not only do we state them, but we live them,” he said. “That’s really meaningful to me.”

For his efforts, Gelander was named the winner of the fourth-annual Illuminator Award.

“He works extremely well with the internal team – coordinating people, breaking down silos, constantly making sure the right people are working together to get the job done – while also being extremely professional in his external relationships,” Piefer said. “No matter the pressure, he’s always got that professional, extremely competent interface with the customers.”

More than two dozen employees were nominated by their peers for this year’s award.

Amanda Wibbing, a procurement engineering technician, received honorable mention for the Illuminator Award. Both Gelander and Wibbing earned a cash stipend for their superior performance.

A Tour of SHINE

This year’s Illuminator Award festivities concluded this week when the “Cheese Curds” team returned for a tour.

Local students tour SHINE facilities

They took a look around The Chrysalis, which is expected to be the world’s largest dedicated medical isotope production facility once it is completed and operational. And they also got a glimpse of Building One, where we are currently producing lutetium-177 and where we previously set a fusion record.

"We are thrilled that our high school students have an opportunity to work on projects that showcase what they’ve learned," said SDJ Superintendent Mark Holzman. "Having real-life application of what they talk about in classrooms goes a long way in keeping students engaged in their learning. We are grateful to have SHINE partnering with our staff, working together to help students see their potential."