The Team

Kris Balch

Kris Balch, Founder

Kris guided Vision Systems Technology (VST) for 10 years operating as a small business highly focused on the best customer satisfaction possible supplying the most advanced ultra-high resolution imaging technologies.  Prior to forming Vision Systems Technology, LLC, Kris founded a successful custom high-speed imaging and image sensor consultant company, Motion Video Products (MVP) that continues today working with the top sensor designers around the world.  Before MVP, Kris spent 18 years at Eastman Kodak Company serving in various positions including Technical Director of the Motion Analysis Systems Division and Research Engineer at Kodaks Research Labs.  Kris was responsible for many innovations at Kodak including winning several R&D Prism and Best Products awards.  Kris was responsible for the industry's first high speed digital motion analyzer, Ektapro EM1000 and the successful Megaplus high resolution camera products.

Kris has a very diverse background in digital imaging, CCD and CMOS image sensors, error correction coding theory, digital design, software programming and imaging systems design.   Prior to Kodak, Kris worked for the Naval Ocean Systems Center for 9 years as a design engineer working on early bit-slice and micro-computer design architectures.  In 1974, Kris and a colleague  introduced the first microcomputer (i4004 & later i8080) used in a weapon support system deployed by the US Navy.

Kris holds several patents, has chaired technical conferences, and authored/co-authored technical papers & books on high speed imaging.  Kris holds a BS degree in Electronic Engineering from Cal Poly & is a graduate of UC San Diego's Executive Perspective for Scientists & Engineers (EPSE) program.  Kris is a well known industry expert on high speed imaging.