Sean Duran, Vice President, Exhibition and Design at Miami Science Museum, is one of 18 leaders from science centers and related institutions chosen worldwide for the Noyce Leadership Institute (NLI) Fellowship. The 2011-2012 Noyce Leadership Fellows each completed a rigorous application process and were selected by a group of professionals from the fields of science and executive education. Through this program, Sean, and the other selected Fellows, will gain training and access to tools and networks that will enable them to lead effectively and advance innovation in their own institutions and communities.
“I’m honored to have been awarded the scholarship and Fellowship and am excited to have the opportunity to work alongside other museum professionals from around the world,” said Sean. “The NLI brings together leaders to act as change agents that can strengthen the impact of science centers. This project will explore how best to mobilize and focus community involvement and help it find tangible expression within the walls of the new Museum. We want this to be everyone’s museum, everyone needs to find their place within it.”
Sean has been with the Museum for 10 years and has worked to develop such exhibitions as: Amazon Voyage, a remarkably successful national touring exhibition now seen in 14 cities by well over one million visitors; The Dinosaurs of China, a massive 12,000 square foot exhibition in collaboration with the Beijing Museum of Natural History; Heart Smart, a trilingual, technology infused exhibition developed in partnership with University of Miami, that records visitor’s personal health data for purposes of research; and Charlie and Kiwi’s Evolutionary Adventure, a National Science Foundation funded exhibition and learning research project focused on the tenants of evolution.
This year’s program will focus on senior level managers. “NLI aims to increase the capacity of individuals to lead these dynamic organizations,” said Dr. Geno Schnell, NLI Program Director. “We’re excited about the potential of working with this next generation of leaders to increase the level of innovation and community impact at their home institution and in the science center field as a whole.”