Vincent Rossi

3D Program Supervisor, Smithsonian Digitization Program Office

The Smithsonian embraces digital technology to make its collections more accessible to the world.  Through the work of a talented Digitization Program Office team, people the world over can see iconic Smithsonian artifacts online at, and can also rotate them to view their every angle or print them out in three dimensions and hold them in their hands. Online visitors will find objects in the Smithsonian X 3D Collection that have been laser-scanned with painstaking care to yield perfect detail; they can get a close-up view of the Wright Flyer engine or the pistil and stamens of a fragile orchid.  

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. In 2011, he joined the Smithsonian's Digitization Program Office, where his notable projects included 3D scanning President Barack Obama, the Apollo 11 Command Module, and the Nation’s T. rex. 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.