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.
Product Support Specialist
Angelique Armstrong joined IPI in 2011 and provides customers with technical assistance and operational support for eClimateNotebook and PEM2 dataloggers. She brings nearly twenty years of instruction, customer service, and technical support experience to IPI. Prior to joining IPI, Angie held various positions in the computing field, including end user and computer technician training, help desk support, and Level 1 and Level 2 desktop support in non-profit institutions as well as small to mid-level corporate environments.
Senior Research Scientist
Jean-Louis Bigourdan joined IPI in 1994 and his research has focused on 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. Currently, his research focus is quantifying the impact of temperature transitions on library and archive materials. 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.
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.
Jennifer Burger joined IPI in 2018 and her current research projects and teaching efforts focus on digital hard copy identification and preservation. She also provides support for IPI’s testing services including the Photographic Activity Test. Jen specializes in traditional, photomechanical, and digital hard copy preservation. Jen has a MA in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management from The University of Rochester in collaboration with George Eastman Museum. She has held positions at various non-profit institutions, museums, and galleries prior to working at IPI, including the Memorial Art Gallery, George Eastman Museum, the Visual Studies Workshop, and Deborah Ronnen Fine Art.
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. They have a MA in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management from Ryerson University in coordination with the George Eastman Museum. Before joining IPI, they worked in museums and galleries as a conservation technician, researcher, object preparator, and archival consultant.
Director of Operations
Lisa Cerra joined IPI in 2007 and brings expertise in organizational and administrative management to the research center. Given the array of preservation-related tools and services offered by IPI, ensuring exceptional service and support to customers and colleagues is always a key focus for Lisa. She has an AAS in Business Administration. Prior to joining IPI, she operated a successful small business spanning fifteen years, led the payroll department at Harris RF Communications, and worked as a business analyst at RIT.
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.
Senior Research Scientist
Douglas Nishimura joined IPI in 1986 and provides scientific support for projects conducted at the research center. He has a BS in Chemistry from McMaster University. Over the years, he has taught students and mid-career professionals in North and South America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. He has also taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in the preservation of photographs at RIT since 1989 and has been a regular lecturer at the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation for over 20 years.
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.
Web Applications Developer
Alex Shuey joined IPI in 2018 and is responsible for the development and maintenance of IPI’s web sites and applications, and bringing the visions of the research team to life online. Alex has a BS in Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology. His previous work experience includes video platform development and creating custom software solutions for local businesses in his hometown.
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.