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STEM Education & Career Development

Jason Brown

Jason Brown

Henry Buhl, Jr., Director of Carnegie Science Center

Areas of focus: STEM, education, science communication, engineering-design process

After serving as Interim Director for 15 months, Jason Brown was named director of Carnegie Science Center in February 2020. Since that time, he has participated in the strategic and day-to-day planning that has guided Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh’s operations during the Covid-19 pandemic and led the same at the Science Center. This includes: pivoting programming to a virtual format, orchestrating the efforts of all Science Center departments to meet or exceed CDC guidelines, and worked to safeguard our team members at every turn. Also, with the Deputy Director, he led the Science Center’s reaccreditation efforts with the American Alliance of Museums in 2019, including the creation of a two-year strategic bridge plan.

Prior to his appointment, Jason led the Science Center’s Science and Education Department as Senior Director for more than five years, building a team that served thousands of teachers and students. He led the team that formed the Teaching Excellence Academy teacher professional development initiative and he helped expand the Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway program from a pilot phase in three schools western Pennsylvania in 2014 to more than 700 schools in 30 states and internationally today. In addition, Brown led the creation of the Science Center’s digital fabrication laboratory – BNY Mellon Fab Lab. Fab Lab now serves more than 8,000 students annually through its on-site and outreach programs.

Brown earned an undergraduate degree in physics from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York, a Pennsylvania teaching certificate in physics, general science, and earth and space sciences, an MBA, and a master’s Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Technologies and New Literacies. During his eleven years in the classroom, he taught high school science (physics, geology, astronomy, environmental science, Project Lead The Way), alternative education, and middle school technology, as well as serving as an Assistant Professor in the Construction Management and Architecture programs at the State University of New York. He also spent six years as a builder and residential construction project manager with a focus on building science, energy efficiency, and sustainable building practices. Furthermore, he has developed and led professional learning opportunities in the areas of technology, behavior management, STEM Education best-practices, and the utilization of online and digital resources in instruction.

To schedule an interview, email Connie George or call her at 412.237.1657.

Planetarium Staff

Carnegie Science Center

Areas of focus: Astronomy, STEM

Carnegie Science Center’s Buhl Planetarium staff Mike Hennessy and Charissa Sedor- are well-versed in astronomy topics and available to speak with media. In addition, Hennessy is available to speak to about climate change topics.

To schedule an interview, email Connie George or call her at 412.237.1657.