Laura Unterbrink Maybaum
Laura Unterbrink Maybaum – was first introduced to screen printing as part of her Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communications Technology at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Ohio. The classes and lab print projects developed a strong interest in screen printing and led her to pursue an internship with Sefar America (formerly known as Tetko) in 1993.
Upon graduating with a BS in Visual Communications Technology specializing in Print Production Management, Maybaum continued her education with BGSU, completing a Masters of Education focusing on Training and Professional Development. On alternate semesters she taught undergraduate courses at BGSU and interned at KIWO in Houston, Texas. In 1996, Laura completed thesis work on the application of objective measuring systems for evaluating mesh bridging within the screen print process.
After receiving her Masters, Maybaum moved to Texas to begin a full time career with KIWO as the Applications Lab Assistant and was promoted to Applications Lab Manager by 1999. These positions required extensive amounts of theoretical and hands on experience with both the screen process and the products. Much of this knowledge was developed into training and marketing materials and articles for Screen Printing magazine and the SGIA Journal.
Maybaum’s work was part of many of the new products developments by KIWO including a 10-step exposure calculator, which is still considered an important innovation to existing products. With the support of KIWO, Maybaum was one of the first to use a high powered microscope that measured and recorded image information digitally. This allowed for in-depth study of emulsion particle size, stencil resolution, and image resolution. Many of the images captured during her tenure are still in use today.
Over 400 printers, distributors, manufacturers and industry leaders were first introduced to Laura through training she presented on pre-press processes and 4-color process printing. In addition, she was able to support the SPTF by teaching the “Screen Making: Basic to Professional” courses through 1999.
In the continued promotion of the screen printing industry, KIWO supported Maybaum’s efforts in recruiting undergraduate college students for internships; most have continued on in the screenprinting industry upon graduating.
In 2002, Maybaum relocated to Atlanta, Georgia and began working as a Technical Manager for Nazdar with a new focus on screen printing ink. Within two years, Maybaum was promoted to Point of Purchase Market Segment Manager, and transferred to Nazdar World Headquarters in Shawnee, Kansas.
Maybaum currently manages products from development through testing and sales for the national and international screen market. She continues to give presentations in the screenprinting industry and to publish articles including, ‘The Environmental Aspects of UV Screen Inks: Past, Present, and Future’ in Screen Printing magazine. Recently, she has participated as a stakeholder in the creation of the Sustainable Green Printers Partnership.
She is a 2008 inductee into the Academy of Screen Printing Technology (ASPT). Established in 1973 by the Board of Directors of the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association, the Academy of Screen Printing Technology recognizes individuals who have contributed to the technical growth and/or advancement of the screen printing industry. The ASPT is an international body of experts which honors qualified individuals through election to membership for their distinguished, long-term contributions to, and application and promotion of, screen and digital printing and associated imaging technologies for graphic, textile, industrial and electronic printing applications. Academy members regularly submit, review, recognize and recommend technical papers for publications under the auspices of the Academy. ASPT members are also active in providing technical education, consultation, adjudication of printing image quality, and promotion of the technical and commercial development of the industry.