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Meet the Staff: Stephan Van Dyk
Can you explain the type of work you do with the Cooper Hewitt? As the Library Director I select and manage the library collections, provide information to researchers, and offer support to Cooper Hewitt curators and Master’s students. Most recently I have been busy creating blogs and essays on library treasures. What do you enjoy...
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Meet the Staff: Michelle Cheng
Can you explain the type of work you do with the Cooper Hewitt? I manage the professional development programs for K-12 educators here at Cooper Hewitt. In particular, I lead the Smithsonian Design Institute (SDI), an innovative week-long program in the summer for teachers from across the country to help them bring design into their...
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Meet the Staff: Sherine Brown
What is your Title? Museum Logistics Support Manager Can you explain a little bit about the type of work you do? I control the museum’s incoming and outgoing shipments. I verify, record, and prepare items for shipment by comparing its count, weight, or measurement to verify information against bills of ladings, invoices, orders, or other...
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Meet the Staff: Steve Langehough
Can you explain a little bit about the type of work you do at Cooper-Hewitt? I organize the insurance, packing, shipping and installation of exhibitions, loans and travel shows. I am also very involved with our off site collection moves, planning of storage space and the care of our collections. What was your background before...
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Meet the Staff: Jocelyn Groom
Can you explain a little bit about the type of work you do at Cooper-Hewitt? I manage the exhibition design process for all our exhibitions, including the designers who design our exhibitions, graphics, and lighting, and plan the schedules and budgets for how the exhibitions are built. What was your background before coming to Cooper-Hewitt?...
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Meet the Staff: Chad Phillips
Can you explain a little bit about the type of work you do at Cooper-Hewitt? Sure, it is part Buyer, part Creative Direction, part Product Development. On a daily basis I look for great products for the museum’s store. I also work with young designers and custom manufacturers who make pieces especially for us. Additionally,...
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Meet the Staff: Kim Hawkins
Can you explain a little bit about the type of work you do? It’s often been said that people have a checkered past…well mine is more like a paisley one. I’ve done a little of a lot of things and I bring all that to bear here. I’m like the utility person, Jill of all...
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Meet the Staff: David Rios
Can you explain a little bit about the type of work you do? As the Youth Programs Manager, I run DesignPrep, the museum’s series of free teen programs. DesignPrep offers designer-led workshops, studio visits, and college tours that focus on various design disciplines from fashion and architecture, to graphic design and product design. I also...
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Meet the Staff: Pamela Horn
Can you explain a little bit about the type of work you do? I develop content for publication in multiple formats: print books, ebooks, magazines, blog posts, web content, in gallery interactives, and as exhibition labels. What do you enjoy most about your work? The collaboration among the various departments at the museum. I adore...