Berkman Center Luncheon Series
Guest: Ioannis (Yannis) Miaoulis, President and Director of the Museum of Science, Boston
Tuesday, February 12, 12:30 pm
Berkman Center Conference Room
23 Everett St., 2nd Floor, Cambridge MA
Although humans make the majority of the objects we interact and use during our day-to-day lives, the current school curriculum focuses very little on how our human-made, or designed world, is made. Pens, cars, pills, buildings are all technologies and the results of the engineering design process. An increasing number of states now include the Engineering process and the nature of key technologies into their learning standards. Introducing engineering as the new discipline into the curriculum offers a wonderful project based learning vehicle for the entire K-12 spectrum that brings to life not only mathematics and the sciences but connects them with social studies, language and the arts. Dr. Miaoulis will describe the value of including Engineering in the formal curriculum and give examples of success at various learning environments. He will discuss the curriculum content for elementary, middle school and high school level and present how engineering makes all disciplines engaging for both boys and girls, and for all types of learners.
On January 1, 2003, Ioannis (Yannis) N. Miaoulis, became President and Director of the Museum of Science, Boston. Originally from Greece, Dr. Miaoulis, now 46, came to the Museum after a distinguished association with Tufts University. There, he was dean of the School of Engineering, associate provost, interim dean of the university’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and professor of mechanical engineering. In addition to helping Tufts raise $100 million for its engineering school, Miaoulis greatly increased the number of female students and faculty, designed collaborative programs with industry, and more than doubled research initiatives. Founding laboratories in thermal analysis for materials processing and comparative biomechanics, he also created the Center for Engineering Educational Outreach and the Entrepreneurial Leadership Program.
An innovative educator with a passion for both science and engineering, Miaoulis championed the introduction of engineering into the Massachusetts science and technology public school curriculum. This made the Commonwealth first in the nation in 2001 to develop a K – 12 curriculum framework and assessments for technology/engineering. At Tufts, he originated practical courses based on students’ — and his own — passions for fishing and cooking: a fluid mechanics course from the fish’s point of view and Gourmet Engineering, where students cook in a test kitchen, learn about concepts such as heat transfer, and then eat their experiments.
His dream is to make everyone, both men and women, scientifically and technologically literate. Miaoulis has seized the opportunity as the Museum’s president to achieve his vision, convinced science museums can bring interested parties in government, industry, and education together to foster a scientifically and technologically literate citizenry. One of the world’s largest science centers and Boston’s most-attended cultural institution, the Museum of Science is ideally positioned to lead the nationwide effort. With the blockbuster exhibit BODY WORLDS 2, the Museum drew an unprecedented 1.9 million-plus visitors in the fiscal period ending June 30, 2007, including more than 250,000 school children. The Museum received the Massachusetts Association of School Committees’ 2005 Thomas P. O’Neill Award for Lifetime Service to Public Education, the first time the award went to an institution, not an individual. The Museum is ranked one of the top two science museums in the Zagat Survey’s U.S. Family Travel Guide and one of the top two most visited hands-on science centers on Forbestraveler.com‘s “America’s 25 most visited museums” list in 2006.
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Please RSVP to Amar Ashar at rsvp at cyber.law.harvard.edu if you plan to attend.