- Environmental Management
- Testing & Standards
- Imaging & Information Media
James M. Reilly
James M. Reilly is the founder and director of IPI. He has made important contributions to image preservation, environmental management, and sustainable preservation practices. During its tenure, Jim was Co-director of the Advanced Residency Program in Photographic Conservation, a program co-managed by the George Eastman House. He received a Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in 1998. He was presented with the Silver Light Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Association of Moving Image Archivists in 2002, and was the first winner of the Hewlett-Packard Image Permanence Award from the Society for Imaging Science and Technology in 2007.
Angelique Armstrong, Product Support Technician, joined IPI in August 2010. Angie provides phone and email technical support for IPI's PEM2 and original PEM data loggers, Climate Notebook, and eClimateNotebook. A former RIT student (College of Liberal Arts – Social Work, ’94), Angie brings over 15 years of certified Technical Support, Adult Instruction, and Customer Service experience to IPI. Outside of work Angie is a referee for Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby, a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism (an historical recreation group), and enjoys a variety of fiber arts, writing, and cooking.
Jean-Louis Bigourdan, Senior Research Scientist, received his diploma in art conservation from the Institut Français du Restauration des Oeuvres d'Art in Paris. His work at IPI has focused on the effects of enclosures and microenvironments on photographic film stability and on the effects of cycling conditions on library and archives materials. He designs and conducts collection surveys and consults on the implementation of cold storage. He publishes and lectures extensively on the topic of photograph preservation.
Alex Bliss, Software Architect, received his degree in Computer Science from SUNY Oswego in 2006. He joined the team to work on internal software development projects. This includes improvements and maintenance of existing software and planning and creation of new software. During his career, Alex has worked with many software applications from a professional perspective. His interests include basketball, cooking, and reading.
Daniel Burge, Senior Research Scientist, received his B.S. in Imaging and Photographic Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1991. He has been a full-time member of the IPI staff since 1990. His primary focus of research at IPI has been the chemical and physical interactions between imaging media and storage enclosures, including the development and improvement of testing methods. He lectures to various consumer and trade groups and writes for their publications on home archiving and photo storage products. He has also been a consultant to many archival supply companies. Currently he is investigating digital hard copy stability and storage issues.
Christopher Cameron, Sustainable Preservation Specialist, joined IPI in April 2013. Chris is an experienced facility manager with Energy Service Company Certification in HVAC systems and Project Management Certification from the International Facility Management Association. He received a Bachelor of Science in Communication from the State University of New York at Brockport and a Master’s Degree in Communication & Media Technologies from RIT in 2004. Chris provides advice and consulting services to cultural institutions on managing and operating mechanical systems to provide the best possible preservation of collections with the least possible consumption of energy. In his spare time, Chris enjoys woodworking, playing with his son Gavin, and working on his house.
Alice Carver-Kubik, Photographic Research Scientist, received her M.A. in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management from Ryerson University in co-ordination with George Eastman House. She was a 2008-2009 Graduate Intern at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. where she co-authored the book In the Darkroom: An Illustrated Guide to Photographic Processes Before the Digital Age (2010). Alice has continued her work researching and writing about photographic processes. She joins IPI to further develop the web resource, Graphics Atlas.
Lisa Cerra, Business Manager, received her degree in Business Administration from RIT. As business manager for IPI, she is responsible for financial management of externally funded grants, contracts, gift and discretionary accounts; budget preparation and oversight; and financial reporting and forecasting. Managing IPI's overall business activities, she also supports Principal Investigators, ensures compliance with sponsor and institute guidelines, and serves as liaison to Accounting and Sponsored Research.
Patricia Ford, Project Manager, joined IPI in 2003 to organize the development and presentation of IPI's environmental products and services to the preservation field. With a BA in Art History from SUNY Potsdam and a Certificate in Business Management from St. John Fisher College, Patti has over 20 years experience in the museum field, focused on collection care, storage system design, and records management. Patti serves as a liaison between specialists in the science and technology of environmental preservation and the staff of cultural institutions who work directly with material preservation issues. Other interests include doll sculpture and gardening.
Dr. Andrew Lerwill, Research Scientist, joined IPI in 2013 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles which he entered after working in research as a scientist at the Tate Gallery in the UK. He has a BSc in Physics, an MSc in Applied and Modern Optics and his PhD dissertation "Micro-fading Spectrometry: an Investigation into the Display of Traditional Watercolour Pigments in Anoxia" was published in 2011. His research interests have surrounded the use of diverse technologies to measure, predict and control photochemical damage to cultural heritage, which is a subject on which he publishes and consults extensively.
Jeremy Linden, Senior Preservation Environment Specialist, joined IPI in January 2010. He is primarily involved in the environmental management activities of IPI and works closely with colleagues in libraries, archives and museums on issues of material preservation, mechanical system performance, energy-saving and sustainability. Jeremy earned an MLS in Information Studies and an MA in History from the University of Maryland, and a BA in History from Vassar College. A certified archivist, Jeremy has over 10 years experience working in archives, museums and historical societies. His interests include birding, hiking, hunting, and gardening – if it gets him outside, he's happy.
Alyssa Marzolf, Imaging/Microscopy Technician, received her B.F.A. in Professional Photographic Illustration from RIT in 2008, and her M.F.A. in Photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2011. Alyssa joined IPI in October 2012 as the Imaging and Microscopy Technician. She is currently working on developing content from IPI's study collection for Graphics Atlas, an online print characterization resource. In her life outside of IPI, Alyssa makes illustrations, photographs, and videos, bakes cupcakes, and teaches photography courses at Genesee Center for the Arts and Education.
Douglas W. Nishimura
Douglas W. Nishimura, Senior Research Scientist, received his degree in chemistry from McMaster University in Canada. He is a member of the joint ISO-ANSI committee responsible for the physical properties and permanence of imaging materials. Before joining IPI as a research scientist, he did stability research at the National Archives of Canada. He is technical supervisor for most major research projects and is well known as a teacher, lecturer, and consultant on image preservation.
Lauren Parish, Web and Publications Manager, received her a BS in New Media Publishing from RIT in 2006. She joined the team in March 2008 to work on new design initiatives for IPI. This includes research project websites, web-based software, publications and all other IPI outreach. During her career, she has been exposed to many areas of web design and marketing. Outside of IPI, Lauren is an avid foodie and a knitter.
Gene Salesin, Research Assistant, received a B.S. in chemical engineering in 1958 from the University of Michigan and an M.S. and Ph.D. in chemistry from Case Western Reserve University in 1960 and 1962, respectively. He retired in 1997 after 36 years of employment in the research laboratories and several manufacturing divisions at Kodak. He held a mid-management position during his last few years there, leading the staff involved with providing the technical instructions and specifications for the manufacture of black-and-white films. Dr. Salesin joined IPI in 2004 and has been involved in the permanence properties of magnetic tape and digital prints.
Andrea Venosa, Research Scientist, received her degree in molecular biology from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2000. Before joining IPI, she did scientific research and technical work at the University of Buenos Aires and the University of Rochester Medical Center. In 2004, she joined IPI to develop and implement studies on the light-fastness of digital hardcopy and photographic materials. Since then, she has been involved in the research on the permanence and physical properties of digital prints at IPI. She is responsible for the execution of the Photographic Activity Test as well as the pH and Alkaline Reserve tests.
Carol Wuest is IPI's Customer Service Assistant. Carol handles all product orders, billing, and shipping. She also manages accounts receivable and basic reception duties.