The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History has welcomed its first chief technology officer.
Doug Roberts officially will join the crew Tuesday. He most recently served as director for the WorldWide Telescope project for the American Astronomical Society in Chicago. His past roles include associate vice president and chief technology officer at Adler Planetarium and adjunct associate professor of physics and astronomy at Northwestern University
One of his first major projects at the museum will be leading the development of the new Academy of Digital Learning.
“I can’t wait to get started,” Roberts said in a release. “We have a unique opportunity. The Fort Worth museum is poised to be the leader in using digital technology so guests can experience the wonders of science and history in exciting new ways.”
Roberts will “oversee the creation of immersive and interactive experiences for guests,” and add to overall educational experiences in the museum, Noble Planetarium, and online, according to the release.
“The museum has a long history of innovation in the field of hands-on learning,” Roberts said. “Now, Van and the board have cast a bold vision that would keep us at the leading edge. My job will be to gather the resources and build the team to make it happen. I’m lucky to be joining now, as we’re preparing to make a giant digital leap.”
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