Museum of Science, Boston | President and Director |
On January 1, 2003, Ioannis (Yannis) N. Miaoulis, became President and Director of the Museum of Science, Boston. Originally from Greece, Dr. Miaoulis, 49, came to the Museum from Tufts University, where he was Dean of the School of Engineering. Spearheaded by him, Massachusetts was first in the nation in 2001 to develop a K-12 curriculum framework and assessments for technology/engineering. His dream is to make everyone scientifically and technologically literate. One of the world’s largest science centers and Boston’s most-attended cultural institution, the Museum is ideally positioned to lead this nationwide effort. In 2004, Miaoulis led creation of the Museum's National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL) to enhance knowledge of engineering and technology for people of all ages and inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists. The Museum of Science is the country’s only science museum with a comprehensive strategy and infrastructure to foster technological literacy in both science museums and schools nationwide. The Museum is creating technology exhibits and programs and integrating engineering as a new discipline in schools via standards-based K-12 curricular reform. The NCTL's Engineering is Elementary curriculum has reached over 23,270 teachers and 1.76 million students in 50 states and Washington, DC.
Miaoulis earned his bachelor’s and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering and a master’s in economics at Tufts, receiving a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has published over 100 research papers and holds two patents. Named in 2006 by President George W. Bush to the National Museum and Library Services Board, Miaoulis has also served on the NASA Advisory Council, receiving NASA's Exceptional Public Service Medal in 2009; he is presently on the NASA Education and Public Outreach Committee. A member of Mass. Governor Deval Patrick’s Commonwealth Readiness Project Leadership Council, he also serves on Gov. Patrick's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Advisory Council. Miaoulis is a member of the Boards of Trustees of Wellesley College and Tufts University.