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 is a Noyce Leadership Institute Fellow in Cohort 7. 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 and content developer at the Franklin Institute Science Museum, the Please Touch Museum, and the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology.
Maryanna is Director of Innovation at The Tech, where she conducts design research and designs exhibits that introduce support their own innovations. Most recently, she has led the charge for The Tech's new civic innovation initiatives. Working across academic, public, and corporate sectors, Maryanna has participated in a variety of multidisciplinary teams - acting as a designer among social scientists and as a researcher among designers - on projects that span the fields of Psychology, the Learning Sciences, Behavioral Medicine, Public Health, and Civic Engagement. She has designed interactive exhibits, developed creative strategies, produced documentary videos, researched youth technology programs, created curricula and media for research labs and public health NGOs, and taught interdisciplinary design courses at Stanford's d.school. Adopting modes of inquiry from the social sciences, design, and art, her recent work explores how we might design physical and social spaces that support creativity, collaboration, and community building. Maryanna received a doctoral degree in Learning Sciences and Technology Design from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in film from Northwestern University.
Interactive Exhibit Developer
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 and independent contractor 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 Interactive Exhibit Developer, 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 bio- 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 community 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 a curator and exhibit developer at The Tech. She spends her time researching a wide range of topics including robotics, cyber security, big data, sustainable technologies, 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 and Product Engineer. After years in the semiconductor industry, Michelle moved to the biotechnology field and joined Agilent Technologies Bioresearch Solutions 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. Michelle enjoys helping budding engineers discover the fun in technology, 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.
Senior Designer, Exhibits
Chris Wang is a Senior Exhibit Designer who has worked with museums both locally and internationally. He specializes in space planning, interactivity and user experience. Prior to working at the Tech, he was involved in the design and planning of Apple retail stores worldwide as well as science centers in Asia. Chris received his bachelor's degree in design with a focus on exhibitions and communications from the University of California, Davis. In his spare time, he enjoys renovating his home, taking classes, and tinkering in his garage.
John D. Vieira
Senior Exhibit Designer and Project Manager
John Vieira has been working in the museum industry since 1988, in variety of job capacities, including Senior Exhibit Designer, Department Manager Manager, Senior Exhibit Technician, Exhibit Installer, Graphic Designer, Exhibit Fabricator, Senior Model Maker, Content Developer and Instructor. John’s project management experience helps him to develop a productive teamwork environment; his work as a fabricator, model maker, and technician facilitates his hands-on approach to exhibit design; his work as an instructor allows him to understand the educational goals of exhibit design and encourage an active visitor experience. John has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from Academy of Art University and has worked with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the California Academy of Science, and the Smithsonian Natural History Museum.
Biotech Experience Designer
Anja Scholze is a Biotech Experience Designer at The Tech with a background in academic biology research. She has a BA in Neuroscience from Pomona College and a PhD in Developmental Biology from Stanford University School of Medicine. Her graduate research focused on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms that control normal brain development. Over the years, in addition to research, Anja has dedicated time to various education and hands-on science outreach organizations. These include Stanford Brain Day, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Stanford at the Tech, and Science is Elementary. At The Tech, she combines these worlds to help develop and prototype interactive museum exhibits and activities that engage visitors in the exciting worlds of biology and biotechnology.
Ben Goodman is an exhibit engineer bringing a wide breadth of knowledge and experience to The Tech, including mechanical design, manufacturing, prototyping and robotics He studied Mechanical Engineering at UC Santa Barbara and received his master’s in Robotics from University of Pennsylvania. During his master’s studies his research focused on Haptics and human machine interfaces specifically data acquisition techniques and medical simulators. At The Tech, Ben is using advanced manufacturing techniques and rapid prototyping technologies to bring new exhibits to the museum that are innovative, engaging and robust.