Printing Process Identification and Image Analysis for for Forensic Document Examiners

April 29, 2014toMay 2, 2014

This highly specialized seminar – designed for new examiners as well as experienced analysts who want a technology update – explores the full range of image, ink and substrate variables that are key to determining the authenticity of currency, stamps, passports and other legal documents.

You Will Learn

  • Imaging characteristics of traditional and non-impact printing systems, including the newest digital technologies
  • The interrelationship of the imaging process, ink and substrate, and how to evaluate all three
  • Technical knowledge to help you differentiate between an authentic document and a fraudulent replica

Who Should Attend

  • Questioned document examiners
  • Forensic document examiners
  • Forensic scientists
  • Criminologists
  • Fraud investigators
  • Government employees who work in or with crime labs

Seminar Schedule

The latest (tentative) schedule is available here.


Mike Caffrey is is the Senior Business Development Manager at Appvion. He is responsible for all Security products and new growth opportunities, developing security solutions and specifications for all Federal and State agencies as well as private corporations throughout the North/South/Central America and Europe. His business expertise includes a strong background in security papermaking and integrating intelligent technologies into paper substrates. He has extensive experience writing specifications for high-value financial/revenue applications and identifying and developing custom solutions to prevent fraud and counterfeiting.

Professor Ken Hoffmann, Chair of NTID’s Arts & Imaging Studies Department, has been teaching at RIT since 1982. Ken has been involved in the graphic arts industry since 1972 when he was a grad student at Clemson University. After earning a Master’s in Industrial Education in 1974 from Clemson, Ken worked as a journeyman-level prepress craftsman in several printing companies in South Carolina and Pennsylvania while also teaching graphic arts in vocational high schools. At RIT, Ken formerly taught courses in crafts-based traditional prepress technology and now focuses on courses related to digital document production and preparing for employment.

Tom Jay is Vice President of SICPA Securink USA, a global provider of ink-based anti-counterfeiting and anti-forgery security solutions for bank notes and other valuable, high-risk documents. He manages the Document Security Ink division and is responsible for all security printing applications, including intaglio, lithography, flexography, gravure and screen printing processes.

Eric T. Kunsman is a photographer, book artist, and digital workflow specialist based out of Rochester, New York where he has returned to pursue his personal work. Eric is a Lecturer for the Arts & Imaging Studies Department at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and also teaches for the School of Photographic Arts & Sciences both of which are housed at RIT.  He has taught workshops, lectured on digital printing internationally. Eric holds his MFA in Book Arts/ Printmaking from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and holds an MS in Electronic Publishing/Graphic Arts Media, BS in Biomedical Photography, BFA in Fine Art photography all from the RIT. He currently owns Booksmart Studio, which is a fine art digital printing studio specializing in numerous techniques and services for photographers and book artists.

Owen Lang is Senior Applications Specialist at Foster & Freeman (2005-current). His roles and responsibilities at Foster & Freeman cover the installation and training for all of the company’s product range, including Questioned Documents (VSC6000), Trace Evidence (ffTA/GRIM3/MSP/Raman & ECCO), Crime Scene Analysis (Crime-Lites) and Fingerprints (DCS-4 & MVC). He holds BSc (Hons), and MFSSo degrees.

Majid Rabbani is a Kodak Research Fellow and head of the image compression and video processing technology areas in the Imaging Science division of Eastman Kodak Company.

Joseph Stephens is a Document Analyst with the United States Secret Service. He earned a Bachelor of Chemistry from Roanoke College and a Master of Science in Forensic Science (M.S.F.S) from The George Washington University. Mr. Stephens conducts ink, paper, and toner comparisons as well as document authentication examinations on an array of submitted documents using scientific instrumentation. He has given dozens of presentations, lectures, and workshops and has actively participated in the training of numerous forensic document examiner trainees. This will be his fifth time teaching at RIT.

Julia Wikoff is a Document Analyst with the United States Secret Service. She received her Bachelor of Chemistry and Master of Science in Forensic Science from Stevenson University. After interning with the United States Secret Service, she transitioned to a full-time position, which she has held for approximately three years. Ms. Wikoff conducts various types of examinations, including authentication and ink, paper, and toner analyses, on threat letters, drivers’ licenses, credit cards and other documents. This will be her first time teaching at RIT.

Program Fee:  $1,395

RIT does not make hotel reservations, but has made arrangements for seminar attendees to reserve rooms at a special rate at the nearby Radisson Hotel Rochester Airport, 175 Jefferson Road, Rochester, NY ‎14623; (585) 475-1910. To reserve a room at the special rate, use the code word “FORENSICS” when you register. Note that rooms will be held only until two weeks prior to the seminar date. After this time, rooms are reserved on a space-available basis. If you would like to book your room through the internet, please use the special promotional code ‘RITF’.


Online registration for this program is available. For additional information, please email Barbara Giordano or call her at (585) 475-2687.

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