Jason Brown named Director of Carnegie Science Center
Courtesy of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh has announced that Jason Brown has been named the Henry Buhl, Jr., Director of Carnegie Science Center. Brown has served as interim director since the December 2018 retirement of former co-directors Ann Metzger and Ron Baillie, and before that time was senior director of science education.
“Jason is, first and foremost, a passionate educator, which informs everything he does,” said Steven Knapp, president and CEO of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. “He understands the power of the Science Center to be a true partner in learning for educators throughout and beyond the Pittsburgh region. He also understands that every visit to the Science Center is an opportunity to bring science to life for people of all ages, and he inspires the Science Center team to embrace that mission every day.”
Brown joined the Science Center in March 2014 as director of science and education. A former high school and university educator, Brown has led the Science Center’s efforts to inspire more young people to consider and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Over the past six years, he led his team in the launch of the BNY Mellon Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center digital design and maker space, the creation of the Teaching Excellence Academy, and the expansion of the Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway from three participating pilot schools to more than 800 schools and districts in 31 states and 13 countries. Brown has also championed the Science Center’s participation in the iPAGE leadership program in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives within informal STEM institutions. Last year, the Science Center earned its AAM reaccreditation.
“I am ecstatic to be presented with this opportunity to lead such an important organization and committed team,” said Jason Brown, the Henry Buhl, Jr., Director of Carnegie Science Center. “The positive impact of the Science Center reaches the Pittsburgh community and well beyond, and I look forward to ensuring that we continue to inspire all our audiences using the excitement and awe that only science can conjure.”
About Carnegie Science Center
Carnegie Science Center is dedicated to inspiring learning and curiosity by connecting science and technology with everyday life. By making science both relevant and fun, the Science Center’s goal is to increase science literacy in the region and motivate young people to seek careers in science and technology. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Science Center is Pittsburgh’s premier science exploration destination, reaching more than 700,000 people annually through its hands-on exhibits, camps, classes, and off-site education programs.
Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1895, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a family of four dynamic, distinctive museums: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. The museums reach more than 1.5 million people annually through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities, and special events.