A former science teacher for 20 years in public, independent and international schools in the U.S. and in France, Dan Menelly is presently Chief Executive Officer of The DoSeum, a museum of hands-on and experiential learning for children in San Antonio, Texas. Formerly, Mr. Menelly led the strategic direction of program and exhibition content as President & Chief Science Officer at The Rochester Museum & Science Center. Between 2012 and 2015, Mr. Menelly served as Vice President for STEM education at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey, where he oversaw education program content for all audiences onsite, offsite and online. At Liberty, Mr. Menelly co-created hybrid formal/informal learning models in partnership with school systems and researchers, and he integrated emerging tools for learning (engineering and programming of microcontrollers, mobile learning with geospacial informatics, humanoid and social robotics) into the Science Center’s education portfolio. Mr. Menelly served as an Einstein Fellow at the National Science Foundation in 2010, where he specialized in technology and learning and coproduced an early STEM mobile application for learning that was downloaded by over one million end-users in over 100 countries, and co-developed an early experiment in blended learning deployed in 20 international settings. Menelly is currently an expert adviser for science and learning to the European Commission Research Executive Agency, and has advised STEM media content produced for PBS, Nickelodeon Television, The Sundance Channel and several other outlets. He lives in San Antonio, Texas and in New York City.
My background is in technology, professional services and digital media. I co-founded Zapnito due to a number of related observations from my time in these sectors: 1) the social web is creating a huge amount of noise 2) expertise that brands have built up over decades is being drowned out and hidden from those that need it 3) these brands are therefore losing their audience to often undeserving and unhelpful sources, and 4) people are finding it harder to access the expertise that they truly value. I therefore decided to create Zapnito, a white-label platform to help trusted brands reclaim their audiences via expert-driven knowledge networks.