Steve Sasson

Retired Engineer, Visiting Professor @ Institute for Advanced Discovery & Innovation

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, B.S. in Electrical Engineering
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, M.S. in Electrical Engineering

Before retiring in 2009, Steven Sasson served as the project manager for a major IP litigation at Eastman Kodak Company.  This resulted in three separate testifying appearances on behalf of Kodak before the International Trade Commission court in Washington DC.  Previously, he was the R&D development manager for the retail photofinishing platform, which delivered the Digital Lab System software platform on several partner minilab hardware platforms around the world. In the 5 year time period preceding this role (1996 to 2001), Steven was the director of Output Systems for the Professional Products organization.  This organization developed and introduced a number of groundbreaking products, which included two families of thermal printers that provided the output engines for the large kiosk placement that occurred during this time.  In addition, printers based on AgX, laser thermal and Inkjet marking technologies were commercialized in support of the Professional photography and Graphics markets. 

During the first half of the 1990’s Steven served as the chief engineer on the “Colorease” printer project which produced Kodak’s first high volume page size thermal printer that served as the basis for the introduction of Kodak’s self service kiosk program. During this timeframe he was the development manger for the emerging thermal printing platform. 

During the 1980’s Steven served as a group leader and individual contributor for a number of digital imaging projects.  Among these were an image transmission system and the first mega pixel digital still camera utilizing DCT compression for storing images to flash memory cards.  

Joining Kodak in 1973 Steven worked throughout the seventies as an individual contributor in the KAD research laboratories and he engaged in a number of early digital imaging projects. Among these were the design, construction and demonstration of the first digital still camera and playback system in 1975.  

Steven grew up in Brooklyn N.Y and is a 1972 (BS) and 1973 (MS) graduate of Renssalear Polytechnic Institute in electrical engineering. He has 9 US patents and is married with two children and lives in Hilton N.Y.


What are you most proud of in your work or life?

Working hard and being nice to others.

What are your passions and hobbies?

Acoustic guitar and wildlife photography.

Do you have a personal motto or other words to live by?

Never give up

Favorite snack food?

So many choices…chocolate chip cookies!