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The Printing Applications Laboratory at RIT/GIS is staffed with dedicated professionals and world-class printing experts who have been helping our clients design and execute experiments for decades.  Our staff includes engineers and technologists with expertise in digital printing, digital print production workflow and computer-to-plate, color measurement and control, as well as web and sheetfed offset lithography.

The PAL staff uses practical methods and disciplined problem-solving approaches that result in timely, real ROI in the marketplace. From helping you evaluate one select variable to managing long-term highly detailed investigative research programs, our staff provides the insight, experience, and investigative expertise to get the results you need.

Depending on the nature of the project, team members may be joined by printing experts from RIT’s School of Media Sciences and other faculty members in engineering, materials science, packaging, or imaging science to provide in-depth knowledge in specific areas of interest.

PAL Staff

Expertise
Jeffrey Wang
Senior Color & Imaging Scientist
Phone: (585) 475-6878

Expertise: 

  • Development and specification of image quality requirements for digital imaging devices
  • System robustness and reliability tests for digital imaging systems (hardware & software) 
  • Design and implementation of psychophysics experiments for image quality attributes study
  • Measurement and Data Analysis of reflected and emitted light
  • M1 color reproduction workflow and Printing Standards Audit, PSA
Expertise
Mike Leaty
Digital Printing Technologist
Phone: (585) 475-7427

Expertise:

  • HP Indigo Commercial & Specialty Media Certification Process
  • Certified HP Indigo Digital Press Operation
  • Engineering Research, Development, and Documentation (15+ years exp)(Formerly Xerox) 
  • Commercial level, Digital Electrostatic press operation and testing (8+ years exp)
  • Pantone Color formulation with HP ElectroInk digital Ink set
Expertise
Margaret Hyman
Sr. Lab Technician
Phone: (585) 475-2792

Expertise: 

  • Implementation and streamlining of complex image and print quality measurement procedures
  • Image and Print quality measurement and data analysis (12+ years exp)
  • Environmental testing (O-zone, UV, Cool White, Aging) (10+ years exp)
  • Ink Jet Physical Properties, Performance, and Component Testing
  • Media Physical Property & Performance Testing
Expertise
Jennifer Richardson
Ink Mixing Technician
Phone: (585) 475-7326

Expertise: 

  • Precision Production of Pantone Special Inks for HP Indigo Presses
  • HP Indigo IMS order fulfillment, parts and supplies, and inventory
  • Computer and Hand Illustration
Expertise
Andy Harlan
Assistant Director of Operations GIS
Phone: (585) 475-5385

Expertise: 

  • Design, Manufacturing, and Remanufacturing
  • Consumer Product Production Facility Efficiency Assessment
  • Operational Cost Assessment and Optimization
  • Determining Optimal Manufacturing Process and Protocol

Affiliate Staff

Expertise
Brian Hilton
Sr. Staff Engineer
Phone: (585) 475-5379

Expertise: 

  • Director of Staples Sustainable Innovation Lab at RIT/GIS
  • Sustainability of Office products
  • New Product Development & Sustainable Design (20 years exp)
  • Alternative Fuel & Energy focused projects
  • Life Cycle Assessment Certified Professional
Expertise
Robert Matesic
Program Manager
Phone: (585) 475-7333

Expertise:

  • Industrial and government sponsored research in industrial design
  • Manufacturing sustainability
  • Compatibility between post printed overprint applications and HP Indigo ElectroInk
Expertise
Robert Eller
Visiting Professor, RIT
Phone: (585) 475-0555

Expertise: 

  • Lean Six Sigma for Print
  • US & International Printing Standards For the Graphics Arts Industry
  • Digital & Packaging Printing and Print Theory
  • Business Process Re-Engineering, Information Technology, Logistics, Quality and Packaging Film Technology Development (ExxonMobil)

Instructors

Expertise
Ray Prince
Printing Industry Consultant

Expertise:

  • Technical (Printing) Plant Assessments
  • Printing Industry Consulting & Education
  • Former Technical Association of the Graphic Arts President (91)
  • Regular Presenter at NAPL & GATF conferences
Expertise
Eric T. Kunsman
Lecturer, Visual Communications Studies Dept., NTID/RIT

Expertise: 

  • Fine Art and Biomedical Photography
  • Electronic Publishing and Digital Printing Platforms
  • Fine Art Book Publication, Printing, and Workflow
  • Ink Jet Printing Platforms
  • Printing and Imaging Education
Expertise
David Cohn
Associate Professor, Visual Communications Studies Dept., NTID/RIT

Expertise:

  • Commercial Level Digital Printing Systems
  • Color Management & Theory  
  • Printing and Imaging Education
  • Traditional Film Based Prepress Workflows
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