TAGA Names 2015 Michael H. Bruno Award Winners: Guy Gecht, Frank Romano and Erwin Widmer
“I am extremely grateful to the EFI team—their hard work and passion for the industry during my two decades with the company put me in a position to receive this award,” said Gecht. “It is an honor to be included among the prestigious list of past Bruno Award Recipients, and I am excited to be presented this award alongside great thought leaders such as Frank Romano and Erwin Widmer.”
Frank Romano, professor emeritus, Rochester Institute of Technology, is recognized by many in the printing and graphic arts industries as the editor of the International Paper Pocket Pal, or as author of the thousands of articles he has written. His career has spanned 56 years, he has authored 56 books, including the 10,000-term Encyclopedia of Graphic Communications with Richard Romano, which is considered a standard reference in the industry.
He has consulted for major corporations, publishers, governments and other users of digital printing and publishing technology. He wrote the first report on on-demand digital printing in 1980 and ran the first conference on the subject in 1985. He has conceptualized many of the workflow and applications techniques of the industry and was the principal researcher on the landmark Electronic Document Scholarship Foundation (EDSF) study Printing in the Age of the Web and Beyond.
He has been quoted in many newspapers and publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Times of London, USA Today, Business Week and Forbes, as well as on TV and radio. Romano has appeared on the PBS Program History Detectives and has been an expert witness in legal cases involving patents and forgery, most recently for a case involving Facebook.
Romano has spent 20 years in full-time teaching at RIT and 15 years as an adjunct professor for RIT and Cal Poly and has consulted for hundreds of print users from the United Nations and Government Agencies to Insurance Companies and Publishers. He also currently serves as president of the Museum of Printing in North Andover, MA.