ARM’s Distinguished Service Award is typically a surprise for the recipient at our Annual Meeting. In that spirit, we interrupted Michael Paloian of Integrated Design Systems as he was about to present the finale of his webinar series on Rotational Molding Design, to announce that he was selected by ARM’s Executive Committee to receive the award.
For more than 15 years, Michael has presented his design seminar to attendees at our Annual Meeting, providing new case studies every time to keep it fresh. For more than 20 years he has acted as an ambassador for rotational molding to the design community.
This year he developed a new program for ARM members, a series of six webinars on design, which we have presented throughout the summer. These have been among our highest attended webinars, attendees rank them as very valuable, and they have led different constinuents in our organization to become active.
Michael Paloian is president of Integrated Design Systems, Inc. (IDS), located in Oyster Bay, New York. Since its inception more than 35 years ago, IDS has developed hundreds of products ranging from MRI machines to pool chlorinators under the direction of Mr. Paloian. Michael’s education as an industrial designer and plastics engineer has provided him with a unique set of design skills, enabling him to design products from concept to production. Mr. Paloian has an in-depth knowledge of designing parts in numerous processes and materials, including plastics, metals and composites. This broad knowledge base combined with his extensive experience in designing hundreds of products provides him with a distinctive advantage in optimizing designs based on materials, process and cost. Mr. Paloian holds more than 45 patents and has served as chairman for a few divisions within the SPE. He has lectured hundreds of times for organizations such as the SPE, SPI, ARM and IDSA. Michael has also written numerous articles concerning design for publications such as Machine design, Design News, Innovation, Rotation and Plastics Design Forum. Mr. Paloian has also lectured in Paris, Rome, Brazil and India.
The Charles D. Frederick Distinguished Service award is presented each year to ARM committee members or other volunteers who go above and beyond the call of duty in ARM activities and committee work.