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Diane Zorich

Director, Digitization Program Office

As Director of the Smithsonian’s Digitization Program Office (DPO), Diane Zorich leads an expert team in digitizing Smithsonian collections to maximize their impact for the public. She oversees mass digitization, 3D digitization, and assessment activities that develop and improve digitization processes across the Institution. Before joining the Smithsonian, she was a consultant with over two decades of experience in information management, digitization, and digital policy in cultural organizations. She has graduate degrees in anthropology and museum studies, and hails from Chicago (with stops along the way in New York City, Boston, San Diego, and Princeton.)  She inherited the flamingos from her predecessor, who inherited them from another Smithsonian staffer. And thus a tradition is born...

Kathy Adams, PMP, CSM

Senior Consulting Cat Herder

While the 3D Digitization Team focuses on the technology of 3D imaging, Kathy stays behind the scenes, trying to keep the team organized, encouraging everyone to head the same direction and creating repeatable processes for Program and Project manglement.  In a former life, Kathy spent 12 years living out of a suitcase in Latin America, managing the IT departments of start-up wireless companies in every Latin country except Paraguay, Bolivia and Honduras.  A native Californian, Kathy’s spare time is spent overcoming her Palo Alto upbringing, reading the spiritual masters and getting into mischief with her grandchildren.

Max Anderson

3D Specialist

Max Anderson is from Texas. He has a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, where he focused on performance studies, digital fabrication, and painting. At the DPO, Max is mostly concerned with consolidating raw data in to finished 3D models, and web-based applications. He lives in Baltimore, where he makes 3D animations and tries to do things with words.

Nathan Ian Anderson

Mass Digitization Program Officer

A graduate from Parsons School of Design in NYC, Photographer and project manager Nathan Anderson comes to the Smithsonian Institution with over twenty years of experience as an image specialist. Responsible for overseeing the digitization of roughly over 500,000 objects within his first two years at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum and the National Museum of Natural History he is no stranger to working with our varied collections, from a rare Tiffany vase to a 30 million year old fossilized specimen. He is also adept at creating and documenting detailed imaging and virtual workflows, particularly highly complex IT relationships within Smithsonian infrastructure. A professional fine art photographer in his spare time, Nathan has been working on a project related to the coastline of his birthplace on Martha's Vineyard, MA.

Jon Blundell

3D Program Officer

A Maryland native, Jon Blundell is currently living out the assumption he made at the age of 6, that he would either be working at the Smithsonian, or become an astronaut. He chose the shorter commute. Coming from the world of the preservation trades, Jon found himself at the DPO in 2012 were he focuses on the technical challenges of the department; developing workflows and IT infrastructure to support 3D capture, processing, data management, and delivery to the public. When he’s not uploading the Smithsonian’s collection to the Matrix he can be found playing pinball and tabletop games.

Joe Conrad

3D Specialist

Joe Conrad joined the Smithsonian in 2017 as a 3D scanning and modeling specialist after spending his career in the private industry. Joe is well-versed in 3D scanning and processing data from a wide range of objects including airplanes, artwork, fossils, people, buildings, and everything in-between. His first exposure to 3D technology applied to questions in the field of Ancient Greek and Roman naval warfare as a graduate student in the Department of History at the University of South Florida where he completed his M.A. in Ancient History in 2013. He is excited to apply knowledge gained in the private sector to collections across the Smithsonian. In his spare time, Joe enjoys Latin dance, photography, film, and weight training.

Megan Dattoria

3D Specialist

Borne of polygons and fire, Meg joined the Smithsonian with a background in 3D modeling and traditional metalsmithing. After receiving her degree in Interdisciplinary Object Design from Towson University in 2012, she started with Smithsonian Exhibits (formerly the Office of Exhibits Central) making models and artifact mounts for exhibits. In 2015, Meg broke the LCD ceiling and joined the 3D team’s “laser cowboys” as the first cowgirl. Since then, she finds fulfillment digitizing the Smithsonian’s collections and forcing people to look at pictures of her 2 dogs, 8 chickens, and 2 ducks.

Adam Metallo

Senior Program Officer for Digitization Impact

He’s pretty sure digitization can help cure cancer, reverse climate change and seed the first colony on mars. In the meantime, he’s developing strategies to grow audiences, exploring applications in emerging technologies and advocating for policy and standards that increase the chances that our digital collections will make positive change in the world. With a BS in Psychology from the University of Maryland and an MFA in Painting from the University of Delaware, he inexplicably began working at the Smithsonian in 2006. Shortly after, and despite nobody asking him to do so, he began digitizing collections in 3D. He continued that work in earnest when he joined the Digitization Program Office in 2010, and has been working in his current Impact capacity since 2017. Hobby: knot tying.

Jeanine Nault

Mass Digitization Program Officer

Jeanine Nault's career in cultural heritage digitization started serendipitously when her work-study job in college had her scanning barcodes and packing boxes in the Digital Conversion Unit for the University of Michigan libraries. While there, she received her undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and English literature, and went on to receive a graduate degree in Museum Studies at the George Washington University here in DC. Since then, she has worked in and managed the digitization program at the National Anthropological Archives (NMNH), as well as the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress. Jeanine believes that increased access to collections allows for richer and more fully realized representations of cultures and ecologies around the world.

Jaap Otte

Senior Development Officer – Corporate

Jaap Otte assists the Digitization Program Office with developing corporate partnerships and collaborations and has done so at various parts of the Smithsonian for the last decade. Jaap strongly believes that the Smithsonian and corporations have much to offer each other and enjoys developing deep and long-lasting relations for the Smithsonian as a global leader in digitization. Jaap has an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and a joint degree in law and public administration from Leiden University in The Netherlands. A native of The Netherlands, Jaap has lived in the US since 2005. When not at work, Jaap enjoys travel, collecting ceramics and life in general.

Ken Rahaim

Senior Mass Digitization Program Officer

Ken's work history in cultural heritage photography, enterprise digital asset management and enterprise level IT solutions have intersected perfectly for his role as the Smithsonian's Senior Mass Digitization Program Officer. Ken supports the Smithsonian's Digitization Program Office's goal of creating a vibrant digitization culture at the Smithsonian, and focuses on increasing the quality and quantity of Smithsonian digital assets by supporting digitization projects, providing technical expertise to the units, leveraging internal and external collaborations, and promoting expertise in mass digitization and workflows.

Vincent Rossi

Supervisor, 3D Program

Vincent Rossi hails from the great state of New Jersey. He has a BFA in sculpture from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and Graduate level fine art study at Goldsmiths College/University of London, England. In London from 2002-03, Vince made a name for himself working as a sculptor for a special effects company where he created props and costumes for The Royal Opera House, The English National Opera, The Glyndebourne Festival Opera, The English National Ballet, and The Royal Shakespeare Company. From 2004 to 2011, he worked as a sculptor, model maker, and project manager for the Smithsonian's Office of Exhibit Central.  Vince produced and managed many Smithsonian exhibits and through successful funding proposals and grants integrated 3D imaging tools and techniques into Smithsonian Exhibit design and fabrication. From 2011 to May 2018, Vince worked as a Senior 3D Program Officer for the Smithsonian's Digitization Program Office (DPO) building 3D capacity and developing 3D workflows. Notable projects included 3D scanning President Barack Obama, the Apollo 11 Command Module, and the Nation’s T. rex.  In May 2018, Vince became the DPO’s 3D Program Supervisor.  He is currently working on an open source suite of tools that provide durability for 3D data, 3D data standards, automated capture and processing tools, 3D authoring tools, a Smithsonian 3D API, and webGL viewer. Vince is the co-author of 6 research papers, ORCiD: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1248-9264

Luis J. Villanueva

Informatics Program Officer

Luis joined the DPO in April 2018 to help enrich item-level records across all units of the Smithsonian. During his academic career, which went from searching for tropical frogs in Puerto Rico to listening to temperate and tropical soundscapes, he studied the way data and databases are used to analyze biological systems. Luis developed software packages to allow other researchers to analyze audio files as part of his PhD work at Purdue. From there, he managed and expanded a large spatial database of biodiversity information at Yale that was built from a variety of sources. Luis is now seeking to expand the tools and resources available for the collections to improve the data available on a massive scale.

Jessica Warner

Senior Policy & Analysis Program Officer

Jessica Warner joined the Smithsonian’s Digitization Program Office (DPO) in 2009. Jessica works closely with Smithsonian staff to report annually on goals and progress being made to digitize the collections, as well as plans to care for digital assets. Jessica currently leads the Smithsonian’s effort to mass digitize the vast audiovisual and film collections. Jessica also coordinates and oversees a variety of committee meetings and DPO-sponsored events, such as the biennial Smithsonian Digitization Conference. Jessica received her BA in Cultural Anthropology from Wellesley College, and earned a Masters in Library and Information Science from Catholic University of America. Born and raised in rural New England, Jessica now enjoys big city living in the heart of Washington, DC.