Eric Siegel, NYSCI’s director and chief content officer, has been awarded the Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award for Exceptional Leadership in the Field by the Association of Science – Technology Centers (ASTC).

Eric has been with NYSCI since 1997 and has been in senior roles in art and science museums for over 30 years. While at NYSCI, he has developed exhibitions and programs that connect science to humanitarian social goals, such as Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering and the iBook False Conviction: Innocence, Guilt & Science. He also played a leading role in the development of Design Lab and in bringing World Maker Faire to NYSCI.

“He has an extraordinary ability to synthesize new ideas into genuinely innovative programs, as witnessed by the range of programs he is leading at NYSCI,” Margaret Honey, president and CEO of NYSCI, said of Eric. “From the large-scale STEAM ReGeneration, to his innovative iBook project False Conviction, to the Connected Worlds exhibition that will open in conjunction with our 50th anniversary, he works with his collaborators to generate extraordinary ideas and brings them to fruition.”

Eric noted “I have been very privileged to work with extraordinary people throughout my career. My colleagues at NYSCI and the entire science center community have always been fertile sources for new ideas and rich collaborations. NYSCI’s leadership has been incredibly supportive and encouraging, challenging us to bring our best thinking to our shared mission.”

Outside of NYSCI, Eric has taught at NYU’s Museum Studies and ITP program, and has consulted with many arts, science and education groups. He is a former president of the National Association for Museum Exhibition and was the science advisor for the album “Here Comes Science” by They Might Be Giants.