THE BRIAN MONAGHAN AWARD FOR BUSINESS INNOVATION
Wayne Tompkin Ph.D. was the Head of Optical Technology for OVD Kinegram Corp, in which capacity he was responsible for the development and origination of many of the company’s important KINEGRAM® projects for the protection of banknotes, ID documents, and brand protection. Wayne also authored more than 25 papers, and his technical expertise has been recognized in over 400 patents worldwide.
He graduated in philosophy and physics from Kenyon College, Ohio, going on to the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester, achieving his Ph.D. in 1990. He joined Industrial Lasers and Electrical Engineering in Switzerland, where he worked on the development of laser and measurement systems, moving in 1993 to Landis & Gyr (which changed its name to OVD Kinegram in 1998) where he first worked on machine-readable optical devices.
In 1999, he was appointed Head of Optical Technology at OVD Kinegram. Among his contributions to OVD-Kinegram’s portfolio are KINEGRAM ZERO.ZERO® and KINEGRAM VOLUME®, the photopolymer Lippmann-type Kinegram for banknotes, which is now used on the Israeli Shekel.
In 2002, Rudolf van Renesse invited him to join the programme committee for SPIE’s Conference on Counterfeit Deterrence and Optical Security (renamed the Optical Document Security conference in 2008). He was an active and informed member of this committee, committed to ensuring high quality conference programs.