Samuel Liggero, Ph.D.

Professor of the Practice –  New product development, Technology Strategy and Innovation

Dr. Samuel H. Liggero, formerly CTO and co-founder of AirPrint Networks, has spent over thirty years in the Imaging Industry as an executive at Polaroid Corporation. Until November 2001, he was Corporate Vice President and Program Fellow of Research and Development for Polaroid’s Instant Digital Printing division. Under Dr. Liggero’s direction, Polaroid developed the groundbreaking digital printing technologies code-named Opal and Onyx. These technologies, which delivered high quality thermal prints from digital files at low cost and faster than any other technology in the marketplace, were further developed and commercialized by Zink Imaging.

Dr. Liggero joined Polaroid in 1970 and held leadership positions in research and development, manufacturing, sales and marketing, training and education, and customer service. He is the co-inventor of Polaroid’s 35 mm Instant Slide System, the founding Director of Polaroid’s Applications Group and the founding Director of the Company’s Customer Care Center. He also served as Corporate Vice President and Program Fellow for New Product Development, Commercial Imaging.

Since leaving Polaroid, Dr. Liggero started a consulting business and also co-founded AirPrint Networks. This software start-up company was funded and in operation from 2003 – 2008. The initial product was a system that enabled mobile phones to print images and text information instantly and securely, anyplace, anytime. From 2004-2007, Dr. Liggero was an Expert Witness in patent infringement litigation involving two high profile, multi-national corporations.

Dr. Liggero also teaches Digital Photography Courses in the Needham Adult Education Program. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Fordham University, a Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry from Georgetown University and was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University.