Vice President, Exhibits
Since 1991, Lath Carlson has worked with museums across the United States, creating exceptional exhibitions that serve millions of visitors. He is currently managing a total renovation of The Tech Museum of Innovation and serves on the board of the National Association for Museum Exhibition. Previously, Lath managed one of the nation’s leading exhibit fabrication firms and taught in the Museum Exhibition Planning and Design master’s program at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts. He has also been an exhibit designer at the Franklin Institute Science Museum, the Please Touch Museum, and the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology.
Maryanna Rogers is an interdisciplinary researcher and designer with a background in education research, design, and media arts. She completed a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology and a master's degree in Learning, Design, and Technology from the Stanford University School of Education. Her research investigates the ways individuals participate in and learn from creative collaboration in both educational and work settings. Maryanna also teaches courses on design thinking and the intersection of art, design, and science at Stanford's Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (the d.school). At The Tech, Maryanna researches the museum experience and supports an iterative, visitor-centered approach to exhibit design. She also curates exhibit content on innovation and creativity and develops initiatives to support innovation internally among museum staff.
Dan Streelman has been making and building his whole life. He studied Industrial Design at Virginia Tech and received his master’s degree in Museum Exhibition Planning and Design at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts. While in Philadelphia, Dan was an intern the Testing Zone at the Franklin Institute Science Museum and wrote his graduate thesis about prototyping spaces for museums. Dan’s hobbies include tinkering with radio control cars and helicopters, biking, building with Legos, and learning about technology. He brings his experience and enthusiasm to The Tech as Exhibit Prototyper, making and testing exhibits for the museum.
Senior Engineer, Exhibits
Emil So, the all-round engineer of the Exhibits team has a diverse background and a passion for learning. He earned Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Philosophy in Engineering degrees from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, with a focus in Mechanical Engineering, Control Engineering, and Structural Dynamics. He worked as a software developer for several years before joining the Tech Museum of Innovation in early 1998. Since then, Emil has been involved in every aspect of developing the museum’s major exhibitions, from design and prototyping to production and maintenance. He enjoys experimenting with codes, circuits, and photography.
Curator and Exhibit Developer
Romie Littrell is a Curator and Exhibit Developer at The Tech, focusing on health and biotech related exhibits and programs. Formerly, he was a bioartist and instructor at the UCLA Art|Sci Center, developing interactive bioscience- and nano-science-based multimedia art installations. Romie received his BA in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley and MS in Biomedical Engineering from UCLA. In addition to academic and industrial biological research, his previous work focused on creating unconventional laboratories and abstracting biological techniques to help those in unrelated fields perform advanced biology. He founded the LA Biohackers in 2010 as a space for sharing ideas and engaging in DIY biotechnology.
Curator and Exhibit Developer
Michelle Maranowski is an exhibits developer at The Tech. She spends her time researching a wide range of topics including robotics, cyber security, and big data, and working on ways to share information in an innovative fashion. Michelle completed her PhD in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. There she studied silicon carbide oxide reliability in the laboratory of Dr. James A. Cooper. After graduating from Purdue, Michelle worked at Hewlett Packard Optoelectronics Division (HP OED) in San Jose, CA, where she was a Manufacturing Development Engineer. After years in the semiconductor industry, Michelle moved to the biotechnology field and joined Agilent Technologies BioScience Research Unit, which manufactured DNA micro arrays. Michelle was a staff scientist for Science Buddies for five years where she created K-12 science literacy materials in all areas of science and engineering. As an after-school robotics coach at her children's school, Michelle enjoys helping budding engineers discover the fun of robotics, and to foster innovation.
Senior Engineer Manager
Jorge Sua has been with The Tech Museum of Innovation since 2000. Prior to joining The Tech, Jorge worked as a Corporate Technical Manager at Chuck E. Cheese’s, a Lead Technician at Western Digital, and a Lead Technician at Akashic Memories. He currently manages the maintenance of exhibit support systems and museum infrastructure and monitors the operations of the exhibit computers, networks, vacuum systems, and sound and video distribution systems. Jorge has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from University of the East.
Assistant Project Manager
Maryanne Mwangi is an Assistant Project Manager at The Tech. She is no stranger to project management, having spent several years as a project coordinator and support professional. Before joining The Tech in 2013, Maryanne worked for 9 years in a diverse range of industries, including information technology, software, medical device, and hospitality. Maryanne graduated with a BA in psychology from San Jose State University.
The Tech Studio Manager and Exhibit Prototyper
Danny Haeg is a maker. He likes making exhibits, experiences, videos, sculptures, furniture and more. But, more than anything, he likes to make makers. Danny comes to The Tech from the Science Museum of Minnesota where he worked as an informal educator and an exhibit fabricator under NSF and NASA grants. He earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and his Teacher Licensure in Technology Education from the University of Minnesota. Danny is the manager of The Tech Studio where he works with next-generation digital fabrication tools to facilitate innovations for museum visitors and staff.