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 digitization assessment activities that develop and improve digitization processes across the Institution, and works to increase the quality and quantity of digital assets representing Smithsonian collections. Through partnerships and collaborations, she and her team ensure that digitized Smithsonian collections can be used with existing and emerging technologies to enable creativity, learning, insight, and innovation. Diane is still wondering how these flamingos landed in her headshot!
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 analog electronic instruments and tries to do things with words.
Nathan Ian Anderson
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.
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. The intervening years he spent going to school, working in the historic preservation trades, and participating in DC’s punk scene. At the DPO Jon spends his time producing 3D scanned models of Smithsonian objects to support conservation and research, and most importantly increase public access to the Smithsonian’s collections. Having grown up with the Smithsonian a Metro ride away, he is pleased to be part of the effort to share the institution’s vast collection with the world. When he’s not uploading the Smithsonian’s collection to the Matrix he can be found dabbling in math, playing tabletop games, and climbing fake rocks.
Joe Conrad joined the Smithsonian in 2017 as a 3D scanning and modeling specialist after working for several years in private industry. Joe is well-versed in both the natural sciences and the humanities, having earned a B.S. in Marine Science and a B.A. in History at Eckerd College in 2010. 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, independent and foreign film, examining US foreign policy, and weight training.
Borne of polygons and fire, Megan 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, Megan 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 supporting the broadening of access to America’s treasures.
Adam Metallo received his BS in Psychology from the University of Maryland in 2004 and MFA in painting from the University of Delaware in 2006. Working at the Smithsonian Office of Exhibits Central he developed workflows that integrate 3D technologies with traditional museum model making. In 2010 he began spending most of his time quietly sneaking up on inanimate objects to digitize them in 3D for the Smithsonian Digitization Program Office.
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'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. Ken's motorsports history as an amateur race car driver at circuits throughout North America and Europe has helped him emphatically put the "rapid" in the Smithsonian's rapid capture digitization projects!
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. From 2004 to 2011, he worked as a sculptor, model maker and project manager for the Smithsonian's Office of Exhibit Central and helped produce and manage many Smithsonian exhibits. From 2011 to present Vince works as a Senior 3D Program Officer for the Smithsonian's Digitization Program Office - building 3D capacity, developing 3D workflows and trying to live life to the fullest.
Jessica Warner joined the Smithsonian’s Digitization Program Office (DPO) in 2009. One of Jessica’s primary responsibilities is collecting, compiling, and reporting data about the digitization state of the Smithsonian collections. When Jessica’s not knee-deep in Excel spreadsheets, she can be found coordinating a variety of committee meetings and DPO-sponsored events, such as the biennial Smithsonian Digitization Fair and Smithsonian 3D 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. Sometime in between, Jessica was foolhardy enough to spend over a decade growing a successful communications consulting firm serving a host of Federal clients. Born and raised a Connecticut Yankee, Jessica now enjoys big city living in the heart of Washington, DC.