Christopher Emdin, Ph.D.
Professor of Science Education & Author
Minorities in Energy Ambassador, Department of Energy
Christopher Emdin is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he also serves as associate director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education. The creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement and Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S., Emdin was named the 2015 Multicultural Educator of the Year by the National Association of Multicultural Educators and has been honored as a STEM Access Champion of Change by the White House. In addition to teaching, he serves as a Minorities in Energy Ambassador for the US Department of Energy.
Ioannis Miaoulis, Ph.D.
President and Director
Museum of Science, Boston
Ioannis Miaoulis, Ph.D. came to the Museum of Science, Boston in 2003 and has since positioned the Museum as one of the world’s largest science centers and New England’s most attended cultural institution. Originally from Greece, Dr. Miaoulis joined the Museum after a distinguished association with Tufts University. In addition to helping Tufts raise $100 million for its engineering school, he greatly increased the number of female students and faculty, designed collaborative programs with industry, and more than doubled research initiatives. An innovative educator with a passion for science and engineering, Dr. Miaoulis championed the introduction of engineering into the Massachusetts science and technology public school curriculum in 2001, making the Commonwealth first in the nation to develop a K-12 statewide curriculum framework and assessments for technology/engineering.