Ioannis (Yannis) Miaoulis has been President and Director of the Museum of Science, Boston since 2003. Originally from Greece, Miaoulis came to the museum after a distinguished association with Tufts University. There, he was Dean of the School of Engineering, Associate Provost, Interim Dean of the University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering.
The Museum of Science introduces about 1.5 million visitors a year to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through hundreds of interactive exhibits and programs and is routinely recognized as a top hands-on science center. Additionally, Miaoulis has received multiple awards and published more than 100 research papers, holding two patents. He has also been honored with the Presidential Young Investigator award, the Allan MacLeod Cormack Award for Excellence in Collaborative Research, the William P. Desmond Award for Outstanding Contributions to Public Education, and Tufts University Alumni Association’s Outstanding Service Award. Miaoulis was awarded the ASME Ralph Coats Roe Medal in 2011 for his outstanding contributions toward a better understanding of engineering’s worth to society, the ASEE President’s Award, and served on the NASA Advisory Council and NASA Education and Public Outreach, receiving NASA’s Exceptional Public Service Medal in 2009.
Miaoulis holds three degrees from Tufts University, a B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1983, an M.A. in economics in 1986, and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 1987. He also received a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1984. He has served on the Tufts University Board of Trustees and the Wellesley College Board of Trustees and was a Presidential Appointee to the National Board of Museum and Library Services.