The Repository has a deeply experienced team that draws upon the extensive resources of USC, particularly USC Libraries, the USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education and the USC Information Technology Services group.


Experience that goes broad and deep

The Repository Team draws upon the extensive resources of USC, particularly USC Libraries, the USC Digital Library, the USC Shoah Foundation and the USC Information Technology Services group.

Our expertise includes

  • Large-scale digitization
  • Information technology and security
  • Imaging services
  • Physical preservation
  • Metadata
  • Mass-conversion media preservation 
  • Cataloging systems
  • Design and deployment of software infrastructures
  • Flexible storage options


Sam Gustman, Associate Dean for Technologies at the USC Libraries, CTO of the USC Shoah Foundation

Sam has nearly two decades of leadership experience in information technology, which includes his role as chief technology officer for the USC Shoah Foundation, and serving as the primary investigator on various National Science Foundation research projects with cumulative funding of more than $8 million.

Sam is responsible for, among other things, the operations, preservation and cataloging of the USC Shoah Foundation 8-petabyte digital library, one of the largest public video databases in the world.  Sam also serves as associate dean at the USC Libraries, where he holds a faculty appointment and is in charge of information technology.

Linda Truong, Managing Director, USC Digital Repository

Linda directs the business functions of the Digital Repository, which includes budget management, reporting and the development of strategic partnerships. Linda has nearly two decades of operations and program management experience, which includes USC Library IT, where she also serves as managing director.

She held positions with the U.S.-China Institute at USC, and UCLA’s Asia Institute, where her responsibilities included everything from marketing and program development to grant writing, publications management and coordinating study abroad programs in East Asia and Shanghai.

Technology Staff

Robert Alvarez, Systems Administrator, USC Digital Repository

Robert has over ten years experience administering Windows and Linux systems in an academic setting. Robert currently maintains key storage systems for the Digital Repository including our Dell-EMC file server environment.

Sarah Kelly, Program Specialist, USC Digital Repository

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Scientific and Technical Communication, Sarah got her start within higher education working as a marketing writer where she collaborated on undergraduate admissions marketing campaigns. She then moved on to work as an assistant within the admissions department at the University of Iowa’s College of Dentistry where she successfully managed multiple academic admissions cycles. She obtained her Master of Arts in Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa with a focus on higher education academic libraries and database/information management.

Nicolas Camardo, Video Archivist and Post-Production Specialist, USC Digital Repository

Nicholas specializes in the digitization of motion picture film, audio tape, and video tape. He also provides support and expertise to the USC Shoah Foundation. Prior to USC, Nicholas raised funds and organized production for a human rights short documentary and spent time working with motion picture film archivists to learn the craft of film digitization and preservation practices. Nicholas graduated with Honors from St. John Fisher College, earning a degree in Media and Communication and Digital Cultures & Technologies.

Ryan Fenton-Strauss, Video Archive and Post-Production Manager, USC Shoah Foundation and the USC Digital Repository

Ryan has more than a decade of experience in post production at the Shoah Foundation. He has overseen a mass digitization project to preserve the 235,000 tapes that comprise the Shoah Foundation’s archive, as well as the mass digitization of the the first digital access copy of the archive.

Ryan manages a team comprised of video production and post production experts, as well as dozens of students each semester. He has project managed the development of dozens of software development projects and designed and implement new workflows. Ryan has overseen a restoration project to correct testimonies that were recorded with technical problems. He has pioneered a technique of separating out fields of video with artifacts in order to restore severely damaged recordings.

Jay Kulsh, Systems Administrator, USC Shoah Foundation and USC Digital Repository

Jay has been working in Information Technology since 1997. Lately Jay has specialized in virtualization with particular emphasis on VMware products. He has been responsible for designing, deploying and maintaining the Digital Repository’s VMware infrastructure. He also manages similar VM infrastructure, and Active Directory, for the Shoah Foundation. In addition, he provides our clients SAN access to our EMC storage devices.

Will McCown, Senior Technical Project Manager, USC Digital Repository

Will comes to USC with 25 years of experience in the Motion Picture Post Production, Animation and Special Effects industry.  Will has extensive experience in IT infrastructure for digital media as well as Color Science and Image Processing.

Hoan Tran, Unix System Administrator, USC Shoah Foundation and USC Digital Repository

Hoan has over 15 years of experience in software development and operations. Hoan specializes in managing systems engineering, system administration, and information systems security.

Mills Chang, Senior Software Architect, USC Shoah Foundation and USC Digital Repository

Mills joined USC in 2008 with more than two decades experiences in software development, specializing in databases, .Net and search engines. He leads the development team and oversees the software development for the USC Digital Repository and the USC Shoah Foundation. Mills received his Master in Computer Science from USC in 2002.

Trevor Williams, Programmer Analyst, USC Digital Repository

Additional Staffing

The Repository also draws upon a large team of full-time engineering staff and engineering interns who work to develop improved techniques for preserving and providing access to digital content.

When needed, we can recruit, train and manage teams of students for individualized archive projects ranging from high-volume cataloguing to software development.