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Katherine Gardner
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 3:38pm

Santokh S. Badesha, member of the Saunders College of Business Dean’s Advisory Council at Rochester Institute of Technology, has just attained his 250th patent. As a Fellow and Manager of Open Innovation at Xerox, his degree in organic chemistry lends itself to the development of breakthrough inventions. His milestone patent is for a strong, withstanding epoxy film used to attach print head parts. With this innovation comes the opportunity to, as Badesha explains, “fabricate a more high-performance, high-density inkjet print head at a lower cost.”

Badesha has found his success through incremental and open innovation. Throughout his career, he has identified small ways to develop Xerox products that lead to significant improvements over time. However, he attributes his success to collaboration with others where a team fosters an idea and different perspectives allow for the solution to be developed. At Xerox, Badesha’s team expands their problem solving beyond the situation at hand by seeking out the global community to identify ways in which they can enhance their product to reach new markets.

Having reached his personal goal of 250 patents, his next challenge is to reach 300- and with more than 50 already pending that goal is in sight. While he has set this goal for himself, Badesha sees more value in what his accomplishments add to Xerox and academia. By creating these products he has been a key player in addressing the industry demand. 

Badesha’s collaborative philosophy and industry expertise are invaluable to the Saunders Dean’s Advisory Council where he supports the success of Saunders students. He is active in the Saunders community, participating in panel discussions in classes and advising students on technology issues. As a leader in innovation and technology, Badesha is an asset to Saunders College and continues to serve students in a unique and thought provoking way.

For more information, head over to Xerox’s interview with Badesha.


Saunders College of Business is one of nine colleges at Rochester Institute of Technology and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). Recognized and ranked internationally, Saunders is home to over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in programs across RIT Global Campuses in Rochester, New York, Croatia, Dubai, Kosovo and China. Saunders College works in partnership with RIT’s entrepreneurial Venture Creations incubator and top ranked Albert J. Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to integrate business education with RIT’s world-leading technical and creative programs. With nearly 19,000 alumni worldwide, Saunders College offers undergraduate (BS), Masters (MS), Masters of Business Administration (MBA), and Executive MBA (EMBA) programs where students gain real-world business experiences through a tradition of applied learning, internships and capstone programs.