Dr. Juanita Parris, global director of R&D for material and analytical science of Sun Chemical; retiree Dr. Don Duncan of Wikoff Color; and Mike Scrutton, director of print technology and strategy of Adobe, have been named the 2019 TAGA Michael H. Bruno Award recipients by Printing Industries of America. The award is given by the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to print professionals with distinguished careers in appreciation of their contributions to the advancement of the graphic arts.
Parris manages a diversified group with laboratories for Sun Chemical in the US and Europe. Under her leadership, the Polymer Team develops novel materials that are formulated into inks and coatings. Parris holds a Ph.D. in physical and polymer chemistry from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She served as a member of the TAGA board from 1996 to 2002, was the new program committee chair and is the president of NPIRI. She is a past presenter at TAGA conferences, with topics including the use of Atomic Force Microscopy in the Graphic Arts (1995), Gravure Cylinder Banding (1996) and Optimizing UV Ink Lay (1997). She holds 13 published and granted patents.
Dr. Don Duncan is a native Texan and received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from MIT in 1978. Duncan joined Wikoff Color Corporation, a multinational manufacturer of printing inks, as director of research. There, he managed an 18-person product development group creating printing inks and graphic arts coatings for lithography, flexography, gravure and inkjet using UV, EB, water-based, solvent-based and oil-based technologies.
During his time with Wikoff, Duncan twice served on the board of directors for RadTech North America and was the president of RadTech from 2012-2014. He also served on the TAGA board of directors and was the president of TAGA for the same two-year period (the only person to serve as president of both organizations at all, much less at the same time). He travels around the world to speak at industry association meetings and is known to have a thorough understanding of most printing ink technologies, as well as being able to explain complex concepts clearly.
Mike Scrutton currently leads initiatives for the design and manufacture of fabrics for fashion and furnishing, as well as workflows, enabling on-demand printing and manufacturing for Adobe. When joining Adobe, Scrutton led teams developing solutions for printing OEMs, including both desktop and industrial manufacturers. His first patent was awarded for a color calibration technique for inkjet printers in 1999.
Scrutton’s work in print workflows at Adobe expanded to include responsibility for end-to-end designer-to-printing solutions, including the early support of JDF in Adobe InDesign and Acrobat enabling design, review and printing of jobs controlled by JDF.
More information on the TAGA Michael H. Bruno Award can be found at www.taga.org.