Our Board

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SSEC National Advisory Board

Frazier Wilson
Chair

Vice President
Shell Oil Company Foundation
Director
Workforce and Community Strategic Initiatives
Shell Oil Company
Houston, Texas

Dr. Frazier Wilson oversees Shell’s corporate and foundation contributions, workforce, community, employee giving, and education outreach programs. Wilson has worked at Shell for over 20 years in accounting and community relations roles. Prior to joining Shell, he worked in education as a teacher, volunteer and mentor. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Jackson State University and a Master of Business Administration and doctorate in Educational Leadership from Texas Southern University.

Active in the community, Wilson is a graduate of Leadership Houston, American Leadership Forum, the United Way’s Project Blueprint and a mentor with Big Brothers and Big Sisters. He currently serves on the boards for the Smithsonian Science Education Center; Baker Ripley Center; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He also serves on the advisory councils for the Jackson State University College of Business, KIPP Academy-Houston, and Texas Southern University College of Science and Technology. He is chairman emeritus of 100 Black Men of Metropolitan Houston, a national mentoring organization.

Terry Mazany
Vice Chair

Senior Vice President
Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Terry Mazany has enjoyed careers in archaeology, public education, and philanthropy. Constant throughout these roles is his commitment to improving educational opportunities for all children.

He is currently Senior Vice President for the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta following a distinguished career of 13 years as President and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust. During his tenure, he led innovative grant making and doubled the community foundation’s assets to more than $2.8 billion, awarding more than $300 million in grants in recent years. While at the Trust, he also served briefly as the interim chief executive officer of Chicago Public Schools serving 400,000 students.

Terry is past chairman of the National Assessment Governing Board that oversees the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP), and was Principal Investigator for metropolitan Chicago’s Clinical Data Research Network, one of thirteen research centers that form the Patient Centered Outcomes Research network (PCORnet). He is a former member of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

He has graduate degrees in Anthropology, Business, and Education. He is a member of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (RSA). He has also been awarded Honorary Doctorate degrees from DePaul University and Lewis University.

Simone Acha

Owner
Simone Acha Consulting

Simone Acha, owner of Simone Acha Consulting, provides IT consulting and advisory services to senior executives in the Federal Government and private industry. She is a focused, results-oriented senior executive with a 30-year record of demonstrated achievements and success in both sector.  Ms. Acha is driven in applying leadership and management skills to champion strategic direction, identify opportunities, build strong relationships, and deliver results. She has demonstrated talents in managing large projects and tactical operations for various industries.

Ms. Acha also provides leadership to several philanthropic boards.  She is currently an officer on the PAHO Foundation Board promoting public health in the Americas (formerly Pan American Health and Education Foundation). She is the Nominating and Governance Committee Chair for the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) Advisory Board.  The SSEC provides inquiry-based science curricula for grades K-8. She also serves as Membership Chair for the Virginia Tech National Capital Region’s President Leadership Council. She formerly co-chaired and is now an Advisory member of the Tiffany Circle of the American Red Cross, National Capital Region.  She serves as a member of the WashingtonExec STEM Council and mentors high school girls seeking careers in the STEM fields through the Girls in Technology organization.

She served as Vice President, Enterprise Technology Solutions at Electronic Computing Services (ECS) Federal, an IT services provider spanning multiple federal sector clients with approximately 1,200 employees worldwide and $240M in annual revenue.  Prior to acquisition by ECS Federal in August 2012, Ms. Acha was the Chief Executive Officer of iLuMinA Solutions Incorporated, a leading provider of ERP Advisory Services to the Federal Government. 

Ms. Acha is a world traveler, an avid reader, and a volunteer for the American Red Cross.  She is a graduate of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research and a Minor in English.  Fully fluent in Spanish, she draws her heritage from Latin America and Europe and resides in Arlington, Virginia.

Greg Dudkin

President
PPL Electric Utilities Corporation
Allentown, Pennsylvania

Greg Dudkin is president of PPL Electric Utilities. Prior to being named to this position in March 2012, he served as senior vice president, Operations since 2009. Previously, he spent three years as Comcast’s senior vice president of operations. Prior to that, he was regional senior vice president.

Greg has 24 years of utility experience at Exelon Corp. where he served as executive vice president of operations at ComEd and in customer service and operations leadership positions at PECO Energy Company.

Greg holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from University of Delaware and an MBA from Widener University

Carol S. Feinberg
Committee Chair, Communications and Branding

Founder, Former President & CEO of We Do, Inc
New York, New York

Carol is a recognized marketer, executive, entrepreneur and leader who has achieved successes in the start-up and implementation of programs in fashion retail management and entertainment. Carol has held several senior-level management positions with prominent retail corporations, including Blockbuster Entertainment, We Do, Inc., The Kobacher Co., Lerner New York, Thom McAn and Woodward & Lothrop.

For the past fifteen years, Carol has brought her executive management skills to her philanthropic work: Stephen Gaynor School Board; Rodeph Sholom School Board; JCC Manhattan Finance Commission; Coop Board; Former CityArts Chairman; Former Columbus Symphony Orchestra Chairman (Ohio); InMotion Pictures, Inc. She received a Clio Award – Best Original Music Scoring – US Radio – Thom McAn Shoes – Herbie Hancock Composer & Vocalist and in 1992 was voted Top One Hundred Marketers in the US (Advertising Age Magazine).

Carol and her husband, Kenneth Gilman, have three children, Herbert, Emma, and Jordana Gilman.

Derrin Hill

Founder & CEO
RevRoad
Provo, Utah

Derrin is a builder. He builds empowered individuals and teams, systems for growth, motivated communities, and strong companies. As a leader with successes in six of the eight companies he founded or co­founded, and with several records for industry breaking achievements in other companies, he counts his greatest priority his role in building a great marriage and a wonderful family with his wife Nicole and their five children. As a Missouri farm boy he learned how to deliver growth, the importance of work, the power of teams, and to be amazed by people and nature. He graduated High School in the top of the class while participating in DECA and working two part-time jobs to save money to serve as a volunteer for two years in Australia at 19 years old.

A graduate of the Duke University Fuqua School of Business with an MBA in the Cross-Continent program studying in Durham, NC and in Frankfurt, Germany. He completed his undergraduate studies in Business Management and International Marketing at Brigham Young University.

Erin K. Hogan
Committee Chair, Development

Managing Director, Philanthropic Market Executive 
Bank of America, Private Bank
Washington, D.C. 

Erin Hogan has more than 15 years’ experience in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector.  She oversees the regional philanthropic practice for U.S. Trust® clients across 12 states and the District of Columbia, working closely with philanthropic individuals, families and nonprofit institutions on all aspects of giving. 

Prior to joining U.S. Trust, Erin served as an executive director of the Philanthropy Centre at J.P. Morgan Private Bank.  There she advised on matters of mission, governance, impact and legacy. Erin has overseen grantmaking programs on behalf of private foundations in the areas of education, health and community development, and works closely with public charities on strategies to strengthen organizational capacity, leverage philanthropic partners and maximize impact.

Erin’s previous experience includes academic research and government consulting for a variety of public health and safety programs.  As a research manager at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Erin supervised research in emergency preparedness, infectious disease control and occupational health and safety.  Prior to that, she worked for a Washington, D.C. consulting firm focusing on matters of public health and environmental health and safety.

Erin currently serves as a member of the board of directors for Frameworks Institute, a national organization dedicated to improving communication and understanding of complex social issues. A former paramedic, Erin holds an MPH from Columbia University and a B.S. from The George Washington University.

 

Samuel H. Houston, Jr.

President & CEO
North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

Dr. Samuel H. Houston, Jr., is President and Chief Executive Officer of the North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center. Prior to this appointment Dr. Houston served as Vice President for Program and Policy of EdGate, Inc. and was the first executive director of the University of North Carolina Center for School Leadership Development. A former public school teacher and veteran educational administrator, Dr. Houston also previously served as executive director of the North Carolina Education Standards and Accountability Commission. In 2007, Dr. Houston chaired the North Carolina State Board of Education’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Testing and Accountability. Dr. Houston holds undergraduate and Master’s degrees from Appalachian State University (ASU), an Educational Specialist Degree from East Carolina University, and his Doctorate in Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Houston has served as an elementary school teacher, assistant principal and principal at the junior high and high school levels. First, he served as an assistant superintendent of the Davidson County Schools, and two years later, superintendent of the Mooresville City Schools. Houston also has held adjunct professorships at ASU and UNC-Chapel Hill.

Gregory Kelly

Senior Associate Dean for Research, Outreach and Technology
Pennsylvania State University
Science Education

Dr. Greg Kelly is a Distinguished Professor and the Senior Associate Dean for Research, Outreach and Technology in the College of Education at Pennsylvania State University. As a faculty member in science education, he teaches courses on teaching and learning science in secondary schools and uses history, philosophy, and sociology of science in science education. His research explores issues of knowledge and discourse in science education settings. Recent research includes development of theories of epistemic cognition, identity, and learning in science and engineering classrooms. His interest in these topics developed while physics and mathematics teacher and a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa.   He is the recipient of the 2018 University Faculty Way Paver Award for his work with diversity and inclusion initiatives at Penn State and throughout the community. He has also received the 2018 Dr. John J. Gumperz Memorial Award for Distinguished Lifetime Scholarship which recognizes and honors the lifelong distinguished scholarship of a senior scholar whose program of research in language and social processes and professional service have made significant contributions to the field.

Jeff Martin

Founder and CEO
Tribal Planet, Inc. 

Through the marketing and development of groundbreaking technologies, Jeff Martin has spent his career applying innovation to multimedia product design. Martin continues to build new mobile commerce channels by changing the way consumers engage with entertainment, industry and philanthropy.

In 2001 and 2008, Martin founded Tribal Brands and Tribal Technologies, respectively. Tribal Brands developed mCommerce solutions for a variety of consumer brands and was one of the first companies to drive more than one billion dollars in mobile-based sales for the entertainment industry through 17 global carrier alliances.

Tribal Technologies created one of the first intelligent databases behind mobile applications that predicted consumer behavior and interactions, powering unique mCommerce channels, and providing incentive programs for consumers. The extensive mobile analytics platform captured actionable, psychographic data highlighting user tastes and preferences collected through mobile devices. In 2014, Tribal Brands and Tribal Technologies were combined to create Tribal Planet.

In 2013 Martin founded mPowering, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that transformed the way philanthropic causes collaborated and utilized mobile technology to fight global poverty; this helped change century-old behavior by building mobile rewards systems that provided instant, positive reinforcement for consumers that performed philanthropic actions around education, medicine and local commerce.

Martin was a founding member of the Verizon board of developers, served as a voting member of The National Recording Academy of Arts & Sciences / GRAMMY Awards, and was appointed by the Under- Secretary-General of the United Nations to the UNFPA Global Advisory Board for Innovation. Martin is a former international consultant for digital imaging technologies at the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF), through which he taught at Carnegie Mellon University’s Graduate School of Industrial Administration (GSIA). Martin has also taught at the Haas’ Executive Education Program at the University of California, Berkeley.

Prior to Tribal Planet, Martin helped pioneer the entertainment and new media markets divisions at Apple in the early 1990s for 9 years and was a direct report to Steve Jobs after the NEXT acquisition.

Karen E. Nelson, Ph.D.

President
J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI)

Dr. Nelson received her undergraduate degree from the University of the West Indies, and her Ph.D. from Cornell University. She has authored or co-authored over 180 peer reviewed publications, edited three books, and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the journal Microbial Ecology. Dr. Nelson is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and serves on their Board of Life Sciences. Other honors include being named ARCS Scientist of the Year 2017; a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology; an Honorary Professor at the University of the West Indies; and a Helmholtz International Fellow.

Kristin Richardson

Co-Chair of the Alumni
Smithsonian National Board
Community Volunteer
Denver, Colorado

Kristin Richardson is a community leader in the Denver area. She is the Past Chair of the SSEC, as well as the Past Chair of the Denver Public Schools Foundation.  She currently serves as an active board member of the Colorado Children’s Hospital, Colorado Children’s Hospital Foundation, the SSEC, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and BBVA Compass Bank. She joined the Smithsonian National Board in 2008 and now serves as Co-Chair of the Alumni.   She also participates in numerous committees that support the Denver community. Through the Blair and Kristin Richardson Foundation, Ms. Richardson and her husband Blair support philanthropic initiatives devoted to children and education.

Meredith G. Stevens

Vice President, Strategy & Deployment
Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain

Meredith (Meri) Stevens is currently the Johnson & Johnson Worldwide Vice President, Deliver - a position she assumed in May 2019.  Prior to this, Meri led J&J Supply Chain Strategy and Deployment, a position she’d held since 2015.

Meri is responsible for all global Deliver functions including order fulfillment and customer services.  In collaboration with our segment and other functional teams the Deliver organization is transforming to meet the expanding needs of healthcare particularly around access, personalization, on-demand and precision. By embracing new ways of working, the team is creating the agility to work end to end improving our ability to provide unparalleled customer service and solutions at the lowest total cost.

Prior to J&J, Meri gained more than 30 years of operations experience through a series of senior leadership positions with global corporations.  Most recently, she was the Chief Supply Chain Officer at Newell Rubbermaid.  Prior to that she held operations, procurement leadership roles at Tyco, Bertelsmann, Knoll and General Electric.

Meri holds a B.S. in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Industrial Management, both from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  At Johnson & Johnson, she is an executive sponsor of our Youth Pillar of the Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing and Design (WiSTEM2D) program.  Outside of J&J Meri is on the US Board of GS1 and the Advisory Boards of the Smithsonian Science Education Center and RPI’s Supply Chain Management Program.

Fredericka Stevenson

Trustee
Stevenson Family Charitable Trust
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Fredi Stevenson is chair emeritus and cofounder of Summer Search Boston—an organization whose mission is to identify low-income high school youth who demonstrate resiliency in overcoming hardship and the desire to help others. She is a member of the National Summer Search Board, Smithsonian Institution National Board, NPR Foundation Board, WBUR Board of Overseers, and on the boards of The Cambridge Center for Adult Education and the Fellows of the Harvard Art Museums.

Edward M. Swallow
Committee Chair, Nominating and Governance

Senior Vice President
Civil Systems Group

Edward M. Swallow directs all civil, commercial, and international business at Aerospace. Key customers include the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and a wide number of other civil, commercial, and international organizations, including allied space agencies and ministries of defense. In addition to his responsibilities in CSG, Swallow is corporate director of government relations. Prior to joining Aerospace, he was vice president, Business Development for the Federal and Defense Technologies Division, Northrop Grumman Information Systems. He holds degrees from Syracuse and SUNY-Oneonta, a master’s degree in systems management from the University of Southern California and has served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve as a flag officer.

Jennie Ward-Robinson, Ph.D.

Special Advisor to the Dean of College of Arts & Sciences
Georgia State University

Dr. Jennie Ward-Robinson is a transformational leader known for engaging diverse stakeholders and interests to produce systemic solutions to global health challenges from the community to the policy domain. She has more than 20 years of executive leadership within academic, nonprofit and for-profit communities.  Currently, she serves as the Senior Advisor to the Dean of College of Arts & Sciences and as the Co-Director at the Center for Studies on Africa and its Diaspora at Georgia State University. She is a strategic advisor to the Global Health Institute at University of Massachusetts- Amherst, is a member of the National Advisory Board at the Smithsonian Science Education Center and on the Dean’s Council at Emory Rollins School of Public Health. 

She served as the President & CEO for Uniting for Health Innovation - formerly PAHO Foundation; founded the Institute for Public Health and Water Research, a private-public initiative, and served as Director, Medical and Scientific Affairs-Alzheimer’s Association. Dr. Ward-Robinson also served as an Associate Professor at Texas A&M Health Science Center, and as Assistant Professor at University of Illinois School of Public Health, Chicago.

A Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, she led initiatives nationally and internationally and served on various Boards, including the US EPA National Drinking Water Council, the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on science, technology, community and medicine. Dr. Ward-Robinson holds a doctorate in Philosophy with a special focus on Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Recognized for innovative public-private partnership development, coalition building, transparency in leadership, successful goal attainment and effective Board governance, Dr. Ward-Robinson’s expertise includes: Strategic planning and development, innovative operations implementation, brand positioning, fund development and delivering mission-linked outcomes. Jennie is an internationally recognized global health leader known for targeting impoverished communities to improve health outcomes and foster related government policies for sustainable impact.

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Ex-Officio Members

Ruki Neuhold-Ravikumar
Ex-Officio Member

Acting Under Secretary for Education 
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, DC

Ruki Neuhold-Ravikumar is the Acting Under Secretary for Education. She is responsible for defining the Smithsonian’s educational priorities. She concentrates her efforts on Institution-wide educational initiatives, communication strategies and funding for programs that benefit learners of all ages. A significant focus of her work is sharing the vast resources of the Smithsonian with the education community to support the needs of K–12 teachers and students at the local and national level. She leads a Smithsonian-wide team that specifically responds to the distance learning needs of teachers, students and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Neuhold-Ravikumar previously served as the Interim Associate Provost for Education and Access. Prior to that, she was Director of education at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (2017–2019), where she continues to contribute to the museum’s education program Neuhold-Ravikumar draws from her international experiences as a designer and educator to inform her human-centered approach to reimagining education at the Smithsonian.

Originally from Chennai, India, she holds a bachelor’s degree in the history of fine art and drawing and painting from the Stella Maris College (India), a Master of Fine Arts in graphic design from Iowa State University and an executive education certificate in business from Yale University. Before joining the Smithsonian in 2017, Neuhold-Ravikumar, an award-winning designer, was an associate dean and professor of design at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma. She has served in leadership roles at all levels of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), and in 2015, was awarded the prestigious title of AIGA Fellow for her advocacy and leadership as a design educator. 

Dr. Carol O'Donnell
Ex-Officio Member

Director
Smithsonian Science Education Center

Carol O’Donnell is the Director of the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC), a unit of the Smithsonian Institution that is dedicated to transforming the learning and teaching of science throughout the nation and world. In this role, Carol is responsible for all operational activities and planning for the unit, including building awareness for K-12 science education reform among State and district leaders; conducting programs that support the professional growth of K-12 science teachers and school leaders; and, overseeing all research and curricular resource development, philanthropic development, and administration. In this capacity, Carol also serves as the US representative on the Global Council of the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) Science Education Programme (SEP), the global network of the science academies. Carol also serves on the Subcommittee on Federal Coordination in STEM Education (FC-STEM), which advises and assists the Committee on STEM Education (CoSTEM). In this role, Carol served as one of the co-authors of the 2018 National Science & Technology Council’s 5-year CoSTEM strategic plan.

Prior to joining the Smithsonian, Carol was a leader at the US Department of Education for nearly a decade, supporting States and districts as they built their capacity to implement and sustain education reforms and achieve continued improvement in student outcomes; she also oversaw the Cognition and Student Learning program of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). A former K-12 teacher and curriculum developer, Dr. O’Donnell is still in the classroom today, serving on the part-time faculty of the Physics Department at The George Washington University.

Carol has expertise in education policy, professional development, cognition and student learning, education research, and curriculum development. She has spoken extensively about Women in STEM, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), diversifying the STEM teaching workforce, educating youth across the globe on the complex socio-scientific issues that underlie the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). Dr. O’Donnell earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Pittsburgh, Master of Science in Geosciences from Mississippi State University (MSU), and her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on science education from The George Washington University (GWU). 

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Smithsonian Science Education Center Advisor

Douglas Lapp
Founding Director, Emeritus

Smithsonian Science Education Center
Washington, DC

Douglas Lapp was the founding director of the National Science Resources Center (NSRC), a center for the improvement of K-12 science education that was established as a collaborative effort of the Smithsonian Institution and the National Academy of Sciences. He served as Executive Director of the NSRC for seventeen years, during the period 1985-2001. In 2012, the NSRC became the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC).

Prior to his work at the Smithsonian, Dr. Lapp served for fifteen years as Science Coordinator and, later, Director of Program Development for the Fairfax County, (Virginia) Public Schools, the nation’s tenth-largest school system. His involvement in science education began in 1962, when he enlisted as a science and mathematics teacher in the first Peace Corps project in Cameroon, and throughout his career he has maintained a continuing interest in the improvement of science education in developing countries. After completing graduate school, he returned to Africa for two years to establish the African Primary Science Program Center at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. He later conducted studies of science education in sub-Saharan Africa for the United States Agency for International Development and was a member of the Advisory Board of the Rockefeller Foundation’s African Forum for Children’s Literacy in Science and Technology (AFCLIST) in Durban, South Africa.

Lapp has a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from the University of Illinois, a master’s degree in biophysics from the University of Washington, and a doctorate in science education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In 1994, he was designated a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Functional Advisors

Peter Vesterbacka
Functional Advisor – Digital Education

Founder
Slush
Helsinki, Finland

Peter Vesterbacka is the Founder of Slush and the former Mighty Eagle of Rovio Mobile, the creator of the wildly successful Angry Birds franchise and over 50 other games, where Peter managed the company’s marketing and business strategy, including expanding Angry Birds into a broader entertainment franchise. He is also the founder of Some Bazaar, a new approach to building and growing new businesses. Prior to Rovio, Peter worked for HP in several communications industry related roles.

While at HP, Peter founded the HP Mobile E-Services Bazaar, a global innovation and corporate partnership program that Booz Allen Hamilton declared an industry benchmark. Peter is also Co-founder and the original initiator of MobileMonday.

In 2011 Peter was named one of the 100 most influential people by Time Magazine.

Michelle Moore
Functional Advisor – Organizational Capacity

CEO
Groundswell
Washington, D.C.

Michelle Moore is CEO of Groundswell, a nonprofit that builds community power to bring economic equity to the energy sector.

A social entrepreneur and former White House official with roots in rural Georgia, Michelle is a relentless agent for change. Her accomplishments range from helping build the global green building movement to leading the sustainability team for the Obama Administration.

Dennis Lee Schatz
Functional Advisor – Informal Education

Senior Advisor
Pacific Science Center

Dennis Schatz is Senior Advisor at Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington. He is also Field Editor of a new journal, Connected Science Learning, which highlights links between in-school and out-of-school learning. The journal is a joint effort of NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) and ASTC (Association of Science-Technology Centers). In addition, he is on the board of NSTA (recently elected to be President-Elect) and BSCS (Biological Sciences Curriculum Studies).

He worked at the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley, prior to moving to Seattle in 1977. At Pacific Science Center he has held a broad range of positions, from Director of the Planetarium in his early years to VP for Exhibits and VP for Education to Senior VP in more recent years. From August 2010 to February 2011, he was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, followed by four years as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF).

He is the author of 24 science books for children, including the popular Explore the T-Rex, which has sold more than 1 million copies and has been translated into 23 languages. His most recent book, When the Sun Goes Dark, was published in time to prepare families to observe the All-American total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.

He is also co-author/editor of several curriculum resources for teachers, including Astro-Adventures and Universe at Your Fingertips. His most recent teacher resource book, Solar Science, is published by NSTA.

George DeBakey
Functional Advisor – International Education

President
DeBakey International
Potomac, Maryland

During his career he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Department of Commerce and was the first person selected to serve as the Director of the Technology and Information Industries Office to promote exports of U.S. technology products and responsible for trade policy for this sector. Mr. DeBakey has been a teacher at the undergraduate and graduate level and taught international business at Georgetown Business School, University of Maryland University College and The American University.

George has degrees from Drake University (Bachelor of Science), American Graduate School of International Management (MIM), and Southern Methodist University (Master’s in Business Administration). He currently serves on the National Advisory Board of the Arab American Museum in Dearborn, Michigan which is part of the Smithsonian Affiliate Program and the board of the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy. He was the founder of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt. Mr. DeBakey was a lacrosse referee for 15 years.