No More Photocopies for this Mason Alum
Posted: June 5, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
While a doctoral student, Sarasin Booppanon, PhD Public Policy ’08, discovered that he spent numerous hours at the library photocopying sections of books assigned by professors.
After one too many sessions at the photocopier, Booppanon decided there must be a better way to digitize the information in books. So he recruited a team of engineers and software developers to help him turn his idea into a fully functional, automated page-turning scanner.
Few people would start a company and pursue a doctoral degree simultaneously, but Booppanon decided to do just that. In March 2005, he founded Atiz Innovation almost three years before completing his doctoral degree.
“The entrepreneurial spirit of SPP, along with the large amount of required reading, helped to bring about the inspiration of Atiz,” says Booppanon, who also worked as a graduate researcher at the International Center for Applied Studies in Information Technologies during his time at Mason.
As founder and president of products at Atiz, Booppanon is involved in all aspects of the company, particularly business development and product creation.
The company’s CEO, Nick Warnock, focuses on the sales and marketing efforts for Atiz products in the United States. A finalist on NBC’s “The Apprentice,” Warnock headed a sales team for an office equipment manufacturer that offered scanning, copying and printing solutions for companies before being selected out of 250,000 people to compete on the program.
Newsweek and Forbes have noted Atiz’s products such as BookDrive and BookSnap, which are designed for use by libraries and home users to convert printed books into an electronic format with ease. These digitizers use two digital cameras to photograph book pages quickly; the photographs are then enhanced through image-processing software and turned into e-books.
This article originally appeared in a slightly different form in the School of Public Policy’s e-newsletter, Currents.