Museum of Science President Speaks at Emmanuel/Merck Seminar
February 16, 2011
Dr. Ioannis (Yannis) N. Miaoulis, president and director of the Museum of Science, Boston, discussed science and technology literacy and the importance of a K-12 engineering curriculum during the most recent installment of the Emmanuel College/Merck Joint Science Seminar Series on February 16th.
In his lecture entitled, "Transforming the Nation's Relationship with Science and Technology," Dr. Miaoulis inspired the audience to think about engaging young students through involvement in science and engineering activities and problem solving. He emphasized the importance of exposing students to engineering at an early age as a means of encouraging more to pursue it as a potential career path. In a world where "98 percent of the things around [us] are manmade," Dr. Miaoulis believes integrating engineering into K-12 curriculums is vital to enabling students to understand how their environments work.
Originally from Greece, Dr. Miaoulis came to the Museum of Science after a distinguished association with Tufts University, where he served as dean of the School of Engineering, associate provost and interim dean of the university's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Miaoulis speaks often on science and technology literacy. He testified in 2009 on the importance of K-12 engineering before the U.S. House of Representatives Research & Science Education Subcommittee and in 2010 before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. He currently serves on the NASA Education and Outreach Committee and on Governor Deval Patrick's Science Technology, Engineering and Math Advisory Council. Dr. Miaoulis is a member of the Boards of Trustees of Wellesley College and Tufts University.