Recognizing an outstanding engineer, scientist, inventor, or researcher in the graphic communications industry.

Established in 1974, the Reed Technology Medal perpetuates the memory of Robert F. Reed (1890–1971), “Dean of Lithography,” whose contributions to the understanding of lithographic processes and materials were perhaps the most significant and important made by any man of his time. Past recipients of the Reed Medal include Richard McKrell, John Crosfield, John MacPhee, Robert Bassemir, Harold Gegenheimer, and Michael Bruno.

Nominations are judged by a small committee of past Reed Medal recipients and representatives of Printing Industries of America’s Ben Franklin Honor Society. The recipient is presented with an engraved and die-struck bronze medal at the Annual Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) Conference in March 19-22, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

2017 Medal Recipient

No recipient

Eligibility Requirements

  • A candidate must be a technically or scientifically oriented person who has worked as an engineer or a scientist in the graphic communications industry for a period of ten years or more.
  • A candidate must have an outstanding record of technical and scientific accomplishments that measurably aided the scientific development of the graphic communications industry.
  • It is preferred that such activities be extended over a period of time and not be confined to one project or development.
  • Previous winners are not eligible for a second award. Candidates do not have to be Printing Industries of America members

How to Nominate Someone

Please provide the following materials when submitting a nomination for the Reed Medal:

  • Resume (or similar documentation) that supplies the candidate’s complete education and work experience. This document should cover the following where possible:
    • Summary of candidates career (one paragraph)
    • Employment history
    • Academic qualifications
    • Awards conferred on the candidate
    • Membership of societies, associations, and committees. This should also include roles held with these.
    • Patents, publications and journals overview (see details below)
  • Detailed descriptions of the candidate’s major contributions and/or significant accomplishments (may be combined with resume). With the body of work that many nominees have, it is beneficial to select three to six of their major achievements to highlight for the judges. As a guide, a paragraph should be used to describe of each of the major achievements. This should include the impact of these on the industry and the nominee’s involvement in the achievement. When this is part of a team, the individual accomplishments of the nominee should be highlighted.
  • Comprehensive list of the candidate’s patents, books, journal articles, and other publications. Please provide the title, date, and other publishing information. This information needs to be as complete as possible. The list of the candidate’s achievements should be separated into sections for each of the different areas addressed. If the work is peer reviewed, this should also be indicated where possible.
  • Contact information for nominee. This should include postal, telephone, mobile, and email.
  • Contact information for person submitting the nomination. This should include postal, telephone, mobile, and email.
  • Letters of support for the candidate are optional but welcomed.
  • Submit all required and supplemental materials to:

Jenn Strang
Printing Industries of America
301 Brush Creek Road
Warrendale, PA 15086-7529
Fax: 412-741-2311

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