SAN JOSE, SILICON VALLEY, Calif. – Tuesday, November 29, 2005 – The Tech Museum of Innovation today announced Dr. Peter Friess as its new President. After a worldwide search of top leaders in the academic, non-profit and science-technology sector, The Tech found a very special match for its unique mission: Inspiring the innovator in everyone.
"Dr. Friess has a passion for innovation in the world of scientific museums," said Ann Bowers Noyce, head of the search committee. "Peter is a recognized leader in bringing new concepts and creative programs around the globe which unite the education community, the local community, and high tech businesses to engage visitors in unique and compelling ways. He created the video magazine ‘Science Live' airing on a national television station, as a means to expand the reach of the Deutsches Museum Bonn to the local and national communities by posing questions about the relationship between research and society, politics and the business world. Reaching millions of viewers, the program dramatically increased visitorship to the museum.
Friess has extensive museum management experience and has made significant contributions internationally. He started the Deutsches Museum in Bonn and led projects for the J. Paul Getty museum in Los Angeles, and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., among others.
"Friess has a gift for creating exhibits that connect with visitors," said Art Molella, Director of the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center in Washington D.C. "From his recent work as a key leadership team member that created the exhibit, ‘NOBEL VOICES – Celebrating 100 Years of the Nobel Prize' that opened at the Smithsonian and is currently touring internationally, to his work at the Deutsches Museum Bonn and its TV-program "Science Live", Friess has a unique ability for creating an interactive experience that emotionally ties the visitor to the subject. Friess always gives the visitor something to think about when they leave the museum, making them want to return for more."
"We are fortunate to find the right combination of passion, talent, and experience to grow The Tech to the next level," said Michael Hackworth, chairman of the board for The Tech. "Peter matches well with our mission and vision, and we expect him to make significant contributions to The Tech and the community at large."
Dr. Friess will join The Tech full time in early 2006. His initial areas of focus will be:
1. Helping the world understand why Silicon Valley has become one of the most creative spots on Earth.
2. Broadening the reach of The Tech by expanding the partnerships with Silicon Valley companies across the new generation of up and coming technologies including biotechnology, nanotechnology, robotics and alternative energy sources like solar.
3. Leading The Tech's staff and volunteers to develop innovative programs to engage visitors, to keep them coming back for more.
4. Expanding education programs to create inspiring teacher programming and positive role-modeling that attracts kids to be the next generation of innovators.
5. Partnering with the local community to create a sense of excitement around what is happening at The Tech.
"Silicon Valley and The Tech Museum of Innovation are the perfect place for me to make my next contribution in the scientific museum world," said Dr. Peter Friess. "I am excited by the opportunity to work at the epicenter of High Tech filled with such creative entrepreneurial people. It's the perfect environment to excite the passion in the next generation of innovators."
About The Tech Museum of Innovation
Located in the heart of downtown San Jose, Silicon Valley, Calif., The Tech Museum of Innovation, a non-profit organization, engages people of all ages and backgrounds in exploring and experiencing technologies affecting their lives and aims to inspire the innovator in everyone. For more information, visit www.thetech.org
or call (408) 294-TECH.
Note to editors: A photo of Dr. Friess is available upon request.