UXBRIDGE -- Xerox's Santokh S. Badesha has just been awarded his 150th US patent today, a feat that ranks him among the nation's most inventive minds and a milestone achieved by only one other inventor in Xerox's history.
Badesha's 150th US patent - No. 7,198,875 - is titled "Amino-functional siloxane copolymer release agents for fuser members." It covers the fuser oil material composition and is used for fusing colour images to paper in xerographic products. The technology is being used in the iGen3 Digital Production Press.
At Xerox, where inventors have generated more than 17,800 US patents and more than 50,000 worldwide, only physicist Robert Gundlach, who retired in 1995 with 155 Xerox patents, has earned more than Badesha, a Xerox Fellow and manager, research open innovation.
At the same time, Clarkson University has announced that Badesha will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree at its 2007 commencement on May 13, 2007. The degree recognises Badesha for encouraging innovation in academia through partnerships with industry.
"Either event would be a fantastic achievement, so to have both happening simultaneously is really quite extraordinary," said Sophie Vandebroek, Xerox chief technology officer and president of the Xerox Innovation Group. "Santokh has a gift for identifying core issues and working collaboratively to solve them. He is a respected leader and his contributions to Xerox are countless."
Badesha's early inventions helped improve photoreceptors, the surface that carries the invisible image of a document after it has been exposed to light. Most of his other inventions have improved the next step in the process - making the invisible image on the photoreceptor visible on paper. Badesha has approximately 35 other patent applications that are currently being examined by the US Patent Office, and he plans to file 10 more by the end of the year.
Badesha's commitment to collaboration helped shape the research direction at Clarkson University's Centre for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP), where he has served on the board of directors since 1988. He currently is overseeing a joint research effort between Xerox, Clarkson and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) aimed at lowering the energy consumption of machines and other devices. The research projects are part of a $16.6 million state funding initiative aimed at developing new technology and supporting research collaborations between universities and industry.
"Dr. Badesha's research emphasises a greater awareness of our environment, encouraging both energy efficiency and recycling, making him a true role model for students in Clarkson's flagship programmes in environmental and renewable energy research," said Clarkson University President Tony Collins. "He has worked to build bridges between Clarkson University and industry, serving as a valuable colleague for Clarkson's Centre for Advanced Materials Processing, and partnering with us to shape its research direction."
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