Wikoff R&D Director Announces Retirement
Don Duncan, Ph.D., has retired as the director of research at Wikoff Color Corporation, capping 20 years of service in the printing industry.
Duncan joined Wikoff in November 1996 and took on his leadership role shortly after in 1997. During his time with Wikoff, he was responsible for the oversight of research and development of custom-formulated inks and coatings for a variety of print technologies and chemistries. Duncan holds two U.S. patents and is the author of more than 30 technical papers. In addition to sharing his wealth of knowledge with Wikoff, he contributed to several industry associations by playing an active role in RadTech, TAGA, TAPPI, ASTM, SGIA and the American Chemical Society. Duncan also served as co-chair of the Graphic Arts Focus Group (a committee within RadTech), as well as being a past president of both TAGA and RadTech.
“We are proud to have called Dr. Duncan a member of the Wikoff family for 20 years. His vast knowledge of our industry and his expertise in growing EB, UV and inkjet technologies made him a remarkable asset in our research & development center and across our company,” says Geoff Peters, president and CEO of Wikoff Color Corporation.
Duncan leaves the R&D center in the very capable hands of Evan Benbow, Ph.D. Benbow began his career with Wikoff in 2015 as the assistant director of research & development, where he worked very closely with Duncan. Prior to coming to Wikoff, Benbow worked with energy storage technologies for automotive and grid storage applications. He completed his B.S. degree in Chemistry from Iowa State University in 2003 and obtained his Ph.D. at Florida State University in Inorganic Chemistry specializing in metal alloys with exotic magnetic properties. Benbow currently holds a U.S. patent and has published 11 technical papers in peer-reviewed journals.
“We look forward to the bright future of Wikoff R&D under Evan’s leadership. In his time with Wikoff, he has demonstrated that he is a quick learner and that his values strongly align with those of the company. Evan’s ability to make thoughtful decisions with customer needs in mind will be a key factor in his success in this new role,” adds Peters.
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