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Brian E. Springett
Fingerpost Advisers

Dr. BRIAN E. SPRINGETT After graduating with an MA in Physics from the University of Cambridge in England in 1960, Dr. Brian Springett worked briefly in the semiconductor industry in Southern California developing solar cells for NASA and working on early IC processes before moving on to acquire a PhD in Low Temperature and Solid State Physics from the University of Chicago in 1966. He subsequently held faculty positions at the University of Michigan, the University of Quebec and Oakland University before joining Xerox Corporation in 1974.

He is the author or co-author of more than 60 technical publications and is the holder of 10 US and 2 European patents. He has been a frequent speaker at many conferences associated with the imaging industry.

While with Xerox, Dr. Springett held several positions managing groups of 30 or more people involved in research and development, initially for new Copiers and Duplicators, and subsequently for Black and White and then Color printers, including the Xerox 9000 series machines, lower speed laser printers such as the Xerox 2700, 4197, and N40, and copiers such as the Xerox 1075, 1090, 5090 and the DocuTech, DocuPrint and DocuColor series of B&W and color printers and multi-function presses. He has 27 years of experience in the R&D of copiers, duplicators, printers, and digital presses based on electrophotography.

In his last 12 years at Xerox Corporation he was the manager of materials technology strategy and integration: he left Xerox in March 2001, officially retiring from that company in December 2001.Since that time he has operated his own consulting business called Fingerpost Advisers which assists clients in the digital printing business - from materials design problems, to manufacturing process and work process issues, to patent issues, to business and market considerations, to presenting educational or training seminars on these topics.For many years he has taught an introductory course in black & white and colour electrophotography at the Diamond Research Corporation's Toner & Photoreceptor annual conferences, as well as presenting many papers at other conferences on associated topics.He holds more than a dozen U.S. patents and has published over 50 papers on a wide range of topics.