Dr. Art Springsteen
is the president and chief technical officer of Avian Technologies, LLC. Avian Technologies specializes in the design and manufacture of instruments and standards for optical spectometry and other optical radiation measurements. Prior to starting Avian Technologies in 1999, Dr. Springsteen was Principal Scientist and Director for Advanced Development at Labsphere,Inc. for 13 years. During his tenure at Labsphere, he developed over 30 commercial products, including the Spectralon® diffuse reflectance material product line, numerous optical coatings, fluorescent materials and accessories for measurement of reflectance, diffuse transmittance and fluorescence. He holds 9 U.S. patents and 3 European patents on materials and instrument design, won a 1990 Photonics Spectra New Product of the Year award (Optical Grade Spectralon®), and shared another in 1997 for the development of the Labsphere bispectral fluorescence colorimeter. He has published over thirty scientific papers and may often be seen in the pages of Spectroscopy Magazine's "Spectroscopy Workbench"' section. He is also co-author/editor (with Jerry Workman) of the Academic Press book "Applied Spectroscopy, A Complete Guide for Practitioners," and has edited the Proceedings of the Third and Fourth Oxford Conferences on Spectrometry. He is also a member and former Secretary for the Council for Optical Radiation Measurement, a member of the Board of Directors of the Inter Society Color Council, and a former member of the National Research Council of the U.S. He is also an active member of ASTM Committees E-12 (Color and Appearance) and E-13 (Molecular Spectroscopy), the Society for Applied Spectroscopy, and Council for Near-Infrared Spectroscopy. He holds a Ph.D. from West Virginia University in Organic Chemistry.
Dr. Kathryn R.M. Springsteen
is the CFO and COO of Avian Technologies. Kathy joined Avian Technologies in June of 2007. She is responsible for all financial and operational details at Avian Technologies. Dr. Springsteen holds a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from West Virginia University. Previous to joining AT, she was employed in academia for 30 years as a professor of chemistry, department chair, and Vice President/Dean of Faculty/Provost. Dr. Springsteen is a 30+ year member of the American Chemical Society and is a member of the Inter-Society Color Council. Her scientific interests are in environmental chemistry and workplace safety, color analysis, and textiles. Outside of work, she is a dedicated snowshoer, runner, kayaker, canoer, and quilter.
True H. Ricker
is a Senior Research Associate. True has been with Avian Technologies since the summer of 2004 but his history in the field of metrology and material development dates from 1991, when he joined Art Springsteen’s research group at Labsphere, Inc. True works as Avian Technologies principle metrologist, as well as being involved in the research, development, and bringing to market new reflectance coatings and materials. In addition, he is our resident statistician and rides herd on our array of spectrophotometers.
True holds a degree in dairy science from the Thompson School of Agriculture at the University of New Hampshire, along with degrees in computer science and psychology from Franklin Pierce University. He has an eclectic variety of interests including storytelling, driving oxen, music, and politics.
Mr. Doug Bevington
is a Scientific Technician. Doug joined Avian Technologies in May 2012. He holds a specialized Bachelor’s diploma in Electronics Engineering Technology from the DeVry Institute in Canada but much more importantly from our perspective, he has 18 years of hands-on employment with Perkin-Elmer where he obtained the unique skills necessary to maintain, repair and service Perkin-Elmer spectrophotometers. Combined with these specialized skills, Mr. Bevington has undergone intensive and specialized training in Japan for the maintenance and servicing the Murakami Color Research Laboratory product line.
Dr. David R. Wyble
is the Director of Color Science. This work includes color measurement, product development, as well as acting as Technical Specialist for the Murakami product line. The overall focus is on gaining penetration in the color market. Dave joined Avian Tech on a part-time basis in late 2006. In addition to these tasks, Dave has also taken over editing the Avian Tech and Avian Group USA web sites. So now you know where to complain!
Dave and his wife Patty run Avian Rochester, LLC, an independent consulting company that teams with Avian Technologies to handle much of the non-traceable custom measurements projects. Avian Rochester maintains its own client base of color and imaging projects.
For other professional activities, Dave has twice served on the board of directors of the Inter-Society Color Council, and has also been in charge of the ISCC web pages for the last 15 years, and the newsletter the 2011-2012. He is a member of ISCC, CORM, ASTM E-12, and IS&T, and as been very involved with many technical conferences for ISCC, IS&T, CORM, and AIC. He regularly teaches color measurement tutorials at IS&T meetings.
Dave splits his time between Avian Rochester consulting efforts, Avian Technologies work, and maintains ties at his former full time job as a Color Scientist in the Munsell Color Science Laboratory at Rochester Institute of Technology. Outside of all that, he is very interested in music (primarily guitar), lots of outdoor activities, and mostly just trying to raise a couple of good kids in a very mixed up world.