The DP3 Team

Daniel BurgeDaniel Burge, senior research scientist, 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.
Email: dmbpph@rit.edu

 

Jean-Louis BigourdanJean-Louis Bigourdan, senior research scientist, 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.
Email: jxbpph@rit.edu

 

Jennifer BurgerJennifer Burger, research technician, 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.
Email: jbpph@rit.edu

 

Al Carver-KubikAl Carver-Kubik, research scientist, 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.
Email: ackpph@rit.edu

 

Lisa CerraLisa Cerra, director of operations, 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.
Email: lmcpay@rit.edu

 

Jennifer Jae GutierrezJennifer Jae Gutierrez, executive director, 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. She also served as Associate Director of the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation from 2010-2012.
Email: jjgpph@rit.edu

 

Douglas NishimuraDouglas W. Nishimura, senior research scientist, 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.
Email: dwnpph@rit.edu

 

Lauren ParishLauren Parish, web and publications manager, 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.
Email: lmppph@rit.edu

 

Research Fellows, Visiting Scholars, Interns, Former Staff and Student Employees

In addition to IPI regular staff, various research fellows, interns, former staff and student employees assist or have assisted in the execution of these projects. They include the following:

  • Andrea Venosa – former IPI staff member
  • Ivey Barker – Masters candidate in Photographic Preservation and Collection Management at the University of Rochester
  • Meghan Connor – undergraduate in Imaging and Photographic Technology at Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Jana Maravi – undergraduate in Biomedical Photography at Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Jennifer Burger – Masters candidate in Photographic Preservation and Collection Management at the University of Rochester
  • Nicole Leclair – undergraduate in Visual Media at Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Daniela Solera – undergraduate in Imaging and Photographic Technology at Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Jordan Briscoe – undergraduate in Biomedical Photography at Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Lauren Held – undergraduate in Biomedical Photography at Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Gene Salesin – former IPI staff member
  • Andrew Lerwill – former IPI staff member
  • Peter Adelstein – former IPI staff member
  • Nino Gordeladze – former IPI staff member
  • Joe LaBarca – visiting scholar at Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Gwen Hall – undergraduate in Fine Art Photography at Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Caroline LeFevre – Andrew W. Mellon Internship in Research and Practice in Photographic Preservation and Conservation
  • Zach Long – undergraduate in Fine Art Photography at Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Kornelia Anckarman – Master of Arts candidate at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Denmark)
  • Jessica Scott - undergraduate in Imaging and Photographic Technology at Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Mirasol Estrada – Andrew W. Mellon Fellow of the Advanced Residency Program in Photograph Conservation at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film