Image Permanence Institute research scientist receives honorary emeritus rank

Jean-Louis Bigourdan through the years at IPI.

Jean-Louis Bigourdan retired at the end of January after a distinguished 26-year tenure at Rochester Institute of Technology's Image Permanence Institute (IPI). That same week he was awarded the honorary title of Research Scientist Emeritus at RIT, in recognition of his dedication to the preservation field, research contributions and the generous manner in which he conducted his work.

IPI is a university-based research center in RIT’s College of Art and Design dedicated to supporting the preservation of cultural heritage collections in libraries, archives, and museums worldwide.

In 2016, Bigourdan received the Sliver Light Award from the Association of Moving Image Archivists in recognition of his outstanding career achievements and contributions to the field of film preservation. In addition to his research activities, he maintained a long-time commitment to mentoring emerging preservation professionals and supervised 21 interns from 2006 to 2019.

“We congratulate Jean-Louis on his retirement and well-deserved Emeritus status, and look forward to his continued engagement with IPI as an Emeritus member of RIT," said IPI Executive Director Jae Gutierrez.

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