Museum of Science President, Ioannis Miaoulis, Appointed to Federal STEM Education Advisory Panel

July 13, 2018

Miaoulis among industry leaders to advise interagency Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education

BOSTON  – The National Science Foundation (NSF), in consultation with the Department of Education, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently announced the appointment of Ioannis Miaoulis, President and Director of the Museum of Science, Boston to a new advisory panel created to encourage U.S. scientific and technological innovations in education.  Nominated by Senator Edward Markey (D-MA), Miaoulis is among 17 other national nonprofit, business, and academic leaders in the STEM education field appointed to the panel.


The congressionally authorized STEM Education Advisory Panel was created to advise a group of federal organizations called the Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (CoSTEM) on matters related to STEM education.


In particular, Congress authorized the panel to help identify opportunities to update the 2013-2018 Federal STEM Education 5-Year Strategic Plan, which CoSTEM developed to improve the efficiency, coordination and impact of federally supported STEM education investments.


“This new panel has an opportunity to bring fresh eyes and novel approaches to CoSTEM’s next five-year strategic plan, which will help enhance the nation’s entire STEM ecosystem,” said NSF Director France Córdova, who co-chairs CoSTEM. “NSF continues to generate benefits for society through STEM research. To fulfill that mission, we and our federal partners need to make strategic investments to create new generations of discoverers.”


Miaoulis has regularly appeared on Capitol Hill advocating for PK-12 engineering education in both formal and informal settings for more than two decades.  In his nomination of Miaoulis, Senator Markey noted, “He will bring significant expertise and experience well suited for the panel given his leadership at the Museum of Science, as Dean of Engineering at Tufts University and his service on several other federal advisory panels including NASA, IMLS, NAEP and CASIS.”


Dr. Miaoulis has served as President and Director of the Museum of Science, Boston for fifteen years. He has provided expert witness testimony to Congress on several occasions, is the author of two scientific books and dozens of articles, and holds two patents. 


“The federal STEM Education Panel is a unique opportunity to help inform the impact of investments in the vital subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math so America’s future generations remain competitive in a global economy,” said Miaoulis upon his appointment.  “Working alongside such renowned leaders in STEM education is an honor.”


A full bio of Dr. Miaoulis can be found here:


About the Museum of Science, Boston: One of the world's largest science centers and New England's most attended cultural institution, the Museum introduces more than 1.3 million visitors a year to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) through the world-class hands-on exhibits, programs and pre-K-12 curricula of its William and Charlotte Bloomberg Science Education Center.


The Museum's National Center for Technological Literacy® has transformed STEM education nationally and internationally through advocacy, standards and assessment reforms, teacher professional development, and curriculum development. The Museum’s PK-12 curricula, including its award-winning Engineering is Elementary®, have reached an estimated 15 million students and 165,000 educators. Visit:


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