Jennifer Jae Gutierrez joined IPI in 2017. She provides leadership and strategic direction for the research center, with more than fifteen years of experience as a preservation administrator, photograph conservator, and conservation educator. Jae has a MSc in Art Conservation from the University of Delaware specializing in photograph conservation. Prior to her appointment at RIT, Jae was the Arthur J. Bell Senior Photograph Conservator at the Center for Creative Photography (CCP) where she established the institution’s conservation department. Before that, she held a faculty appointment in the Art Conservation Department at the University of Delaware (UD) where she taught undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in preventive conservation, conservation ethics, and the conservation of photographic materials. She also served as Associate Director of the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation from 2010-2012.
Research Scientist Emeritus
Jean-Louis Bigourdan joined IPI in 1994 to research the effects of enclosures and microenvironments on photographic film stability and the effects of cycling environmental conditions on library and archives materials. His research contributions led to the development of practical strategies for preserving film collections and most notably the development of FilmCare.org. In 2016, he received the Silver Light Award for outstanding career achievement in moving image archives from the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) in recognition for his contributions to the field of film preservation. In 2021, he retired from his position as Senior Research Scientist and was awarded Emeritus status for his dedication to the field and IPI.
Senior Research Scientist
Daniel Burge joined IPI in 1990 and his research focus has been the chemical and physical interactions between imaging media and storage enclosures, including the development and improvement of testing methods. Dan has a BS in Imaging and Photographic Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology. He has taught extensively across the United States and internationally and has published in a wide variety of peer-reviewed journals and other publications. Dan is an ANSI recognized expert representing the United States on ISO TC-42 Imaging Materials, as well a member of the American Institute for Conservation’s Materials Working Group.
Sustainable Preservation Specialist
Christopher Cameron joined IPI in 2013 and frequently consults with collecting institutions to provide advice on managing and operating mechanical systems to achieve the best possible preservation of collections with the least possible consumption of energy. Chris has a MS in Communication & Media Technologies from Rochester Institute of Technology. Prior to his work at IPI, Chris worked as a facility manager for twelve years and is certified in Project Management Certification from the International Facility Management Association and in HVAC systems by Energy Service Company.
Al Carver-Kubik joined IPI in 2012 and teaches and conducts preservation research with expertise in print and photographic processes. Al has served as a photographs reviewer for the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Save Our African American Treasures program since 2009. He has a MA in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management from Ryerson University in coordination with the George Eastman Museum. Before joining IPI, he worked in museums and galleries as a conservation technician, researcher, object preparator, and archival consultant.
Director of Operations
Lisa Cerra joined IPI in 2007. Providing day-to-day direction and oversight, she brings expertise in organizational and administrative management to the research center. Given the array of preservation-related tools and services offered by IPI, a key focus is ensuring exceptional service and support to customers and colleagues. Lisa joined RIT as Business Analyst in 2004, earned her AAS in Business Administration in 2008, and concurrently operated a successful small business spanning fifteen years. Prior to joining RIT, she led the payroll department at Harris RF Communications.
Kelly McCauley Krish
Preventive Conservation Specialist
Kelly McCauley Krish joined IPI in 2016 and provides information and guidance on preventive conservation, particularly best practices for sustainable environmental management through outreach and consulting projects at a range of cultural institutions. Her current research interests include pollution monitoring and mold prevention, and she is involved in the development of research projects to address these and other needs of the field. Kelly has a MSc in Art Conservation from the University of Delaware. Prior to coming to IPI, Kelly held positions as an archaeologist, architectural historian, curatorial assistant, and conservation intern at institutions both nationally and internationally.
Meredith Noyes joined IPI in 2020. She performs research related to materials used for storage, transport, and display of cultural heritage collections and also manages the operation of IPI’s testing services. Meredith has a PhD in chemistry from the University of Oregon, where she gained experience in a variety of material characterization methods while studying nanomaterials for use in lithography applications. Prior to IPI, she held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum Conservation Institute, conducting collections-based research in the microanalysis laboratory.
Web & Publications Manager
Lauren Parish joined IPI in 2008 and is responsible for the design of IPI’s print publications and online outreach. Lauren has a BS in New Media Publishing from Rochester Institute of Technology. Before joining IPI, she gained experience working creatively with research scientists at the University of Rochester. She uses her creativity and technical expertise to facilitate research and education dissemination to the preservation field.
Director of Research
Emma Richardson joined IPI in 2021 and is responsible for guiding IPI’s research agenda. Emma has extensive research and leadership experience in the applied sciences, and an impressive professional record in higher education with a focus on cultural heritage. Prior to her appointment at IPI, she held the position of Group Lead for Analytics and Modelling within the Department of Data Science, National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the UK National Measurement Institute. Before joining NPL, she was Associate Professor of Materials and Head of the Material Studies Laboratory in the Department of History of Art, University College London. She has also held posts as Research Fellow at the Getty Conservation Institute and Conservation Research Scientist at The National Archives UK, working with diverse museum and archive collections.
Customer Service Specialist
Carol Wuest joined IPI in 2013 and manages orders, shipments, and accounts receivable. A good portion of Carol’s early career was spent at Eastman Kodak Company where she provided technical instruction in classroom and photographic laboratory settings and served as educational coordinator for management and quality programs.