- R&D 100 Awards
Pete Rudak is President & CEO of Rudak Engineering, a management & engineering consulting firm based in Rochester, NY. From start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, clients can take advantage of 20+ years of experience and insights from a Director of R&D, CTO, and VP to help them drive innovation, sustained commercialization excellence, and profitable growth. Typical engagements include:
Establishing and Managing Product/Technology Roadmaps
Strategy – Integrating Business, Market, & Technology
Customer Focused Innovation
Scoping, planning and ramping up a new program
Scaling up start-up businesses
Technology & IP Assessment, including acquisitions and divestitures
System Architecture, Design & Integration
Process Optimization – driving commercialization and engineering excellence (Agile, Waterfall, & Hybrid)
Pete has over 30 years of experience in digital imaging. He started his career at Eastman Kodak developing LED print technology for color electro-photographic processes. He then joined Business Imaging Systems during start-up of their initial migration to digital, developing the word’s first production scanner. That business eventually grew into Document Imaging, and he stayed with that division for over 15 years, serving in various management positions - from Project Management, to Director of R&D, to Chief Technical Officer in 1998.
In 2002, Pete was appointed as Vice President of Engineering and Chief Technical Officer for Encad, a wholly owned subsidiary of Eastman Kodak Company that provided wide format inkjet printers, inks, and media. He was promoted to Chief Technical Officer and Vice President of the Graphic Communications Group at Eastman Kodak Company in early 2004, where he was responsible for technology and R&D associated with the acquisition and integration of Versamark, which developed and produced very high speed continuous inkjet printing systems; NexPress, which developed and produced high speed/high quality color output using advanced electro-photographic technology; Kodak Polychrome Graphics, an industry leading supplier of products and materials to the offset printing market; Creo, a market leading provider of computer to plate imaging, premier workflow solutions, and a wide range of pre-press equipment and solutions; together with Kodak’s Encad and Document Imaging groups.
In late 2006, Pete was appointed to Director of R&D and Vice President for Kodak’s Retail Systems Solutions business, where he integrated and managed R&D for Kodak’s Photography businesses, including Retail Kiosks, Photo Labs, Printers & Consumables (Thermal, Inkjet, and Electro-Photographic), Software (On-Line, Retail, Professional Labs, Desktop, Mobile, and Cloud Services), and completely integrated System Solutions. In late 2013 that business was spun out of Eastman Kodak as part of a divestiture, and Pete continued as Director of R&D and Vice President at Kodak Alaris, a privately held company based in the UK. In early 2017 Pete established Rudak Engineering, where he currently serves as President & CEO.
Pete has an MS degree and a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, and he holds 14 patents in the field of digital imaging.