The Michigan Science Center (MiSci) announced today it has hired Seun Phillips as vice president of education and engagement. Phillips brings 10 years of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) experience to his new role, where he will advance and manage MiSci’s educational initiatives and programs.
“We are thrilled to bring Seun on board as vice president of education and engagement,” said Dr. Tonya Matthews, president and CEO of the Michigan Science Center. “His experience with pioneering, leading and enhancing successful STEM initiatives will be a tremendous asset to the Science Center. His passion for engagement and education is evident and we’re excited to see the impact he’s able to make on the young people of Michigan.”
In his new position, Phillips will handle strategic advancement and management of MiSci’s Education Department, which supports education, public, school and community programs. Likewise, he will oversee the addition of both traveling and permanent exhibits into the museum’s educational portfolio. Phillips also will be responsible for creating, managing and implementing innovative, powerful and hands-on STEM education experiences through collaborating with local community and school partners.
“I’m very excited to begin working at MiSci. The Science Center has already made a tremendous impact on local students as Michigan’s STEM hub, and I look forward to using my comprehensive background of expanding community networks to enhance our educational outreach and help even more students learn how fun STEM careers can be,” said Phillips.
Prior to joining MiSci, Phillips founded and served as executive director of STEMNETICS in Grand Blanc, Michigan, where he was responsible for securing contracts, grant funding and strategic partnerships for schools and non-profit organizations. Before this, Phillips co-founded and was director of program development at Project SYNCERE in Chicago, where he assisted in the effort to graduate 100 percent of high school student participants by negotiating strategic partnerships and school contracts to grow participation and program support. Additionally, he served as senior electrical engineer for Motorola, Inc., after beginning his career as a software engineering intern at United Technologies Corporation.
Phillips graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He also attended the George Washington University School of Business.