Joel Zlotnick

Supervisory Physical Scientist

US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs __ United States of America

Wednesday 21/03/2018 __ 14:30-14:50

Plenary __ Banknotes and identity documents in a changing world

Auditorium __ Level 3

Joel Zlotnick is employed by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Counterfeit Deterrence Laboratory as a supervisory physical scientist. His current work involves research in security artwork and design techniques. He is also an instructor on security documents and counterfeit detection at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute.

In a previous position at the U.S. Homeland Security Investigations Forensic Laboratory (HSI-FL), Joel performed forensic examinations in the areas of questioned documents, ink comparison, counterfeit link analysis and audio/video enhancement, and authored many counterfeit deterrence evaluations.

Before that, Joel served in the U.S. Secret Service, where his duties included counterfeit document examination and link analysis, adversarial analysis and counterfeit detection training. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry and M.S.F.S. in Forensic Science.



Preventing artwork reverse engineering with design: colour, opacity and split fountains

What does it take for artwork to resist reverse engineering? And how can conventional design elements such as colour, ink opacity and split fountains be adapted to create artwork that is complicated for even highly skilled counterfeiters to reverse engineer?