Richard Keeney


Director, Firmware and Electrical Engineering Development

Prior Lake, MN

Richard A. Keeney
(612) 889-7114
16102 Lakeside Avenue
Prior Lake, MN, 55372

Reliable delivery of world class software and hardware products on schedule and budget.
Proven track record of building, retaining, and leading engineering teams with top talent.
Effective communication and collaboration across technical and non-technical teams, between
divisions, and spanning locations around the world.
Technically-engaged management style, driving the product and its architecture to meet customer
needs, beat the competition, and be impactful in the market.
Continued ability to go hands-on and architect key features and even write code as needed.
Productive multi-discipline inventor with 20+ software, electronics, mechanical, and imaging
patents and several top industry awards.
Experience in end to end development of packaged hardware products ranging from mobile and
desktop devices up to multi-million dollar industrial capital equipment systems.

• Desktop, Server, Mobile, and Embedded applications
• Graphics and imaging, encoding, and compression (.jpg, .mpg, .png).
• Security, encryption, pki, ssl, tpm, secure computing.
• c++, c#, .net, win-rt, win32, javascript/typescript
• Client-side UI and web apps in hmtl/css/javascript.
• Postscript / PDF, printing, print drivers, color profiles, pre-press, RIP’s.
• Embedded c/c++/linux, arm, freescale, dsp, pic processors.
• Server side: Azure,, iis, php, java, apache, f5 ssl.
• Microsoft tools and stacks, Visual Studio.
• Open source tools and stacks, Eclipse, gcc, git, yocto, ubunto.
• Unit and integration test infrastructure and methodologies.
• Agile/scrum planning and team processes.

• Digital electronics and pwb design and development.
• Imaging sensors and related support circuitry.
• FPGA logic for image processing, encoding, data flow. (Altera, Xilinx).
• Basic motor, solenoid and other electro-mechanical control circuits.
• Mobile, battery-powered, and low-cost devices.

• Optical and compound lens design.
• Imaging sensors
• Scanning/printing mechanisms and systems.
• Color science, measurement, and calibration of printing and imaging processes

Mechanical Engineering
• Design of precision machined optical components and imaging/scanning mechanisms.
• Design of injection-molded plastic components.
• AutoCAD, ProE, Solidworks.
Richard A. Keeney
(612) 889-7114

Director, Firmware and Electrical Engineering Development
Leadership of software, embedded firmware and electrical engineering team of 40+ engineers for product
development of financial card personalization systems, the primary revenue products of the company.
• Built team expertise on modern software and hardware development best practices, architecture,
multi-team shared code flow; code review; agile planning; automated build & test.
• Hired, on-boarded, trained, and mentored 12+ new team members in first year.
• Finished go-to-market of next-gen “Artista VHD Gen 2” color card printing module.
• On-track to deliver multiple new major products and features in coming year.

MICROSOFT CORPORATION. Redmond, WA (local office: St. Paul, MN) 2008 to 2014
Principal Software Development Manager
Key member of the leadership team of the Microsoft Twin Cities Development Center. Grew the office
from 6 to 44+ software engineers. Managed teams of 8 to 20 software engineers. Shipped major
features in Expression Studio 2.5, 3, and 4; Visual Studio 2012, 2013, 2015; Windows 8.1 Internet
Explorer 11; and Windows 10 Edge.
• Hired, on-boarded, trained, and mentored 20+ top software engineers. Created a high
performance team with very high retention. Earned management excellence awards.
• Delivered Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator compatibility in Expression Blend. Achieved pixel-
perfect compatibility with Photoshop (and rendered faster than Photoshop).
• Integrated Blend as the new XAML designer for Visual Studio 2012, bringing a new level of
designer tools directly into Microsoft’s flagship IDE.
• Development of next-gen tools for upcoming Internet Explorer, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and
Visual Studio versions on an aggressive quarterly preview release schedule.
• Shipped the new F12 javascript/html/css diagnostics in Windows Internet Explorer and also
Visual Studio; a rare example of cross-division collaboration. Put Microsoft back in the game
competitively with its html web and app developer tools.

ELECTRONICS FOR IMAGING, INC. Foster City, CA (local office: Eagan, MN) 1998 to 2008
Senior Principal Scientist / Engineering Manager
Technical leader and architect for exploring new product directions complementing and expanding the
core business of this $700 million publicly-traded printing technology company.
• Managed continued releases of the EDOX Postscript RIP print controllers, expanding market
penetration into additional brands and models of color copiers.
• Key contributor to the development of the PrintMe global printing network which enabled
convenient printing from mobile devices, fulfilling key needs in the hospitality industry.
• Led development and architected the PrintMe networked printer terminal. Developed streamlined
software implementations that reduced hardware costs by 35%.
• Managed continued development of Velocity – a printing network integration and workflow
application critical to standardizing integration of company flagship product. Fully localized and
internationally distributed.
• Developed two generations of hand-held color-measurement products. Personally developed
key opto-mechanical sensor designs, software, and color calibration algorithms. Product costs
were reduced by 80% (build vs. buy).
• Recognized industry-wide contributor to the CIP4 JDF standard for digital printing integration;
successfully supporting 100% of the company’s functionality in the emerging industry standard.

Richard A. Keeney
(612) 889-7114

• Successfully transitioned the acquired team of 20+ engineers from Management Graphics with
100% retention.

Richard A. Keeney
(612) 889-7114

MANAGEMENT GRAPHICS, INC. Bloomington, MN 1992 to 1998
V. P. Engineering
Provided primary leadership in all new products and technology for this privately held $12 million
company. Managed $4.2 million department budget and 38 engineering professionals.
• Introduced over a dozen innovative new products from white-board concepts to market.
Significant value of the acquisition of Management graphics by Electronics for Imaging was the
engineering team, IP, patents, and products built under my leadership.
• Continued development and release of additional model variations and updates to the Solitaire
image recorder product line which continued as the flagship revenue product.
• Developed the JetStream Postscript RIP for digital image recorders. The first Adobe-certified RIP
for this application.
• Developed the EDOX brand Postscript RIP print controllers, acquiring over 50% connection rate
(market share) of the high-production Canon color copiers/printers it was designed for. Innovative
architecture reduced end-user cost by 30%, increased dealer profits by 80%, yet maintained
profit margins of over 60% for Management Graphics on this hardware/software product.
• Led exploration of in-theater digital cinema delivery system technologies. Secured key
technology partners for the projector. Architected the encoding, compression, encryption, and
delivery chain. Several patented inventions relating to digital cinema delivery were issued.
• Led development of a laser-sublimation-dye printer for instant full-color 35mm slide printing.
Removed the necessity for on-site chemical processing of traditional film-based slides.

MANAGEMENT GRAPHICS, INC. Bloomington, MN 1986 to 1992
Software Engineer / Senior Engineer
Multi-disciplined engineer responsible for software, hardware, optics, and mechanical development of
photographic and motion picture imaging peripherals and raster image processors (RIPS).
• Brought to market the Solitaire Image Recorder, the first off-the-shelf turn-key film recorder that
enabled reliable professional production of photographic-quality output of digital computer
graphics and images.
• Brought to market the Sapphire and Opal image recorders that reduced the end user capital
investment by 50% while maintaining hefty 60% margins for the company and capturing 75%
market share.
• Created the Solitaire-Cine series of image recorders designed specifically for the motion picture
special-effects and post-production industry. This off-the-shelf turn-key solution was instrumental
in enabling the era of digital effects in motion pictures. Several hundred of these $100,000+ units
were sold into Hollywood and “movie” cities around the world, capturing 75% of the market share.
• Progressed from college hire to Lead Engineer for a team of 30+ engineers.

THE TORO COMPANY Bloomington, MN 1982 to 1986

Richard A. Keeney
(612) 889-7114

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, I.T. Bachelor of Science, Computer Science degree. “With Distinction”

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scientific and Engineering Award for the Adaptation of the
Solitaire Film Recorder for Special Effects Use, 1991.
Computer Graphics and Applications Industry Excellence Award for the Sapphire Image Recorder, 1992

City Council Member, elected 2009, re-elected 2012 to present
The 5-member council legislates, sets policies, and oversees municipal operations, for a city of 25,000
residents. Taxing and bonding authority, 120+ employees, annual budget ~ $30 million.

Personally published several successful (profitable) Mobile apps:
• “Video Poker” Android (achieved top-250 Casino Free on Android)
• “Video Poker” for Windows Phone (achieved top-50 free games on Windows Phone)
• “Etch-E-Toy” for Windows Phone.
• “Hangman, Spencer’s Edition for Windows 8.
• Cloud-connected Azure web service and Azure-SQL data store for a global presence.

United States Patents
D,341,131 – Image Recorder (Appearance).
5,109,241 – Photographic apparatus with automatic film type determination.
5,170,182 – Apparatus and method for registering an image on a recording medium.
5,275,347 – Auto-thread mechanism for strip material.
5,335,040 – Apparatus for selectively notching or cutting photographic film or the like.
5,389,985 – Image recording apparatus and rearview CRT therefore.
5,565,960 – Scanning exposure slit for a shuttle style film gate.
5,615,314 – Interface for providing rasterized data to an imaging device
5,619,624 – Apparatus for selecting a processing order for a plurality of images.
5,625,712 – Iterative compression of digital images.
5,640,228 – Scanning exposure slit for an image-recording apparatus.
D 439,851 – Hand-held color measurement instrument.
6,239,895 – Scanning apparatus employing a lens spinning on an axis normal to the scan plane.
6,369,895 – Color measurement instrument with asymmetric tapered sample area optical enclosure.
6,647,149 – Methods and apparatus for securely transmitting and processing digital image data.
6,753,845 – Methods and apparatus for addressing pixels in a display.
7,093,046 – Methods and apparatus for requesting a print job via a printer polling device (6,748,471)
7,095,518 – Spooling server apparatus and methods for forwarding print jobs over a network.
7,280,090 – Methods and apparatus for repairing inoperative pixels in a display.
7,302,103 – Digital image compression with spatially varying quality levels (7,027,655).


  • Updated 8 years ago

To contact this candidate email

Contact using webmail: Gmail / AOL / Yahoo / Outlook

This entry was posted in . Bookmark the permalink.