A team of dedicated experts.  


Chief Scientific Officer, Founder

Dr Graham Meaden

Graham heads up BLG Vantage in the UK and is responsible for the development of CrossCourt for EBSD strain measurement and analysis. Crosscourt software is now firmly established as the leading EBSD-based approach to elastic and plastic strain measurement. Graham studied Physics at Bristol University in the 1980′s and gained a PhD in 1993. Later he became involved in EBSD alongside the pioneering team of David Dingley and Angus Wilkinson.

Chief Technology Officer

Damian Dingley

Damian oversees BLG Vantage in the USA. His involvement spans both organizational and technical leadership, having over 20 years experience in the software engineering industry. Damian’s background includes a Masters degree in Human-Computer Systems covering AI and User Experience (UX) development gained in the UK. He resides in Utah, USA after helping to establish TSL (TexSEM Laboratories) in the mid 1990′s and leading the software development team through the evolution of EBSD and EDS technology at EDAX.

Scientific Advisor

Professor David Dingley

Dr David Dingley has had a stellar career both in academia and industry having pioneered the development and understanding of automated EBSD (Electron BackScatter Diffraction) science and technology. He established a key research program at Bristol University in the early 1970′s after completing a Post-Docterate in Physics at Stanford University, California. In the late 1980′s research into EBSD began to migrate to industry where David helped introduced the first commercially available system. In the early 1990′s he established TSL (TexSEM Laboratories) together with John Bennion and Dr Brent Adam’s in the USA on the back of those early installations.

Sales Director, Asia, Hardware Engineer

Dr Seiichi Suzuki

Dr Seiichi Suzuki is the owner and business manager for TSL Solutions KK based in Tokyo, Japan. He has been responsible for EBSD sales in the region for over 20 years virtually establishing the market there in the 1990’s. His work has included the design and development of EBSD detector technology and precision SEM specimen stages for in-situ heating and tensile testing.

Sales Director, UK and Europe

Dr Ian Holton

Ian is responsible for sales of CrossCourt within the UK, India & Europe as the Managing Director of Acutance Scientific. Acutance provides innovative and productive tools for Electron Microscopy, Compositional Analysis and 3D Optical Profiling. These include in-EM nanorobotics, Cross-Correlation High Resolution EBSD and EBSD Tensile and Heating Stages.

Business Administrator

Claire Leonidou

Claire is the business administrator for BLG Productions Ltd T/A BLG Vantage in the UK. Claire looks after the accounts department, marketing and all the administrative aspects for the business. She previously worked in the new media industry for ten years and is currently studying accountancy.

Supporting Scientists and Associates

Professor of Materials, Oxford University

Professor Angus Wilkinson

Angus Wilkinson is the Professor of Materials at the Department of Materials, Oxford University; his group is concerned with the mechanical behaviour of materials, mostly metals and alloys, at the microstructural level. Angus and his team are at the forefront of developing the SEM based EBSD technique for mapping stress distributions at high spatial resolution. Other techniques used extensively within the group are nano-indentation, micro-cantilever bend testing and micro-pillar compression testing, digital image correlation and dislocation-based modelling. They aim to help improve mechanistic understanding of deformation, fracture and fatigue processes in metals and alloys.

Associate Professor, University British Columbia

Professor Ben Britton

Ben Britton has been developing and applying the high angular resolution electron backscatter (HR-EBSD) technique to understand microstructure and properties in metals and semiconductors for over five years. This work continues within his research group at Imperial College London and most recently his assistant professorship at University of British Columbia. Ben is interested in developing and applying the technique to understanding patterning of strain, dislocations and microstructure in structural and functional materials. He has over 20 publications in this field, including review articles in JOM and Materials Today and regularly speaks at international workshops and conferences.

Managing Director, Aunt Daisy Scientific

Dr Austin Day

Austin has worked on EBSD for almost 30 years – starting in Professor David Dingley’s group at Bristol University and at the National Physical Laboratory with Professor Peter Quested. Austin has worked on a wide range of EBSD hardware & software including crystallography, phase databases and 3D EBSD. He developed rectangular phosphor EBSD detectors & colour forescatter imaging at NPL and later ran research & development for HKL Technology, pioneering the Nordlys detector. In addition to wide experience in developing and interfacing detectors to electron microscopes and training technical users, Austin has worked with / for all the major EBSD manufacturers. He is also a member of the BSI TC202 standards committee and contributed to the EBSD standards ISO 24173 & ISO 13067. He is managing director of Aunt Daisy Scientific, UK.

Please note, these supporting scientists are not employed by BLG Vantage and have no financial arrangements with our organisation.