Dr. E. Keats Webb '03 has been chosen as the recipient of the 2021 Greensboro Day School Distinguished Alumni Award, announced at the Commencement.
The Greensboro Day School Alumni Association, in recognition of excellence on the part of our alumni, established the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1991. This award is presented annually during Commencement to the alumnus/a who best exhibits at least one of the following qualities:
A. extraordinary service to the City of Greensboro, the state of North Carolina, or the nation
B. extraordinary distinction in one's field of specialization or extraordinary service to society and corresponding tangible benefit to fellow citizens.
Dr. Webb is a leader in conservation and cultural heritage documentation, using scientific and computational imaging techniques to support the research and conservation of museum collections. As an imaging scientist at the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute, Keats uses a variety of imaging techniques, cameras, lighting, and setups to look at objects in different and unique ways to support the research and conservation of the Smithsonian collections. These imaging techniques include image-based 3D reconstruction, spectral imaging, Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI), and digital X-radiography. These techniques offer non-destructive and mostly portable investigation tools to record the condition, inform the care, and increase the understanding of cultural heritage objects.
Dr. Webb's recently completed Ph.D. research investigated the optimization of spectral and 3D imaging for cultural heritage documentation using consumer imaging systems. Her specializations include spectral imaging and image-based 3D reconstruction. Her work intersects art, history, photography, material science, computer science, and engineering.
Her work is internationally recognized and has enabled important discoveries and new understanding about artifacts. She has worked with professionals in the US, England, and the EU at institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum, the Louvre, and the Institute of Applied Physics of the National Research Council of Italy, and her work has included research trips to England, Scotland, Italy, France, Germany, and Turkey. In addition, she has collaborated with heritage specialists authoring articles, book chapters, and presenting at conferences with an international group of scholars and scientists.
We congratulate Dr. Webb on her many outstanding achievements and are honored to recognize her with our 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award.