Dr. Kirsten Ellenbogen started working in science centers in 1987, and has worked as a Demonstrator, Hall Interpreter, Exhibit Developer, Evaluator, and Researcher for science centers and museums in the United States and England. She was an associate researcher of the Museum Learning Collaborative, the first Project Director at the Center for Informal Learning & Schools, King’s College London, and later worked as a Senior Associate at the Institute for Learning Innovation. Since coming to the Science Museum of Minnesota, Dr. Ellenbogen has created the Department of Evaluation and Research in Learning which leads evaluation and learning research across the museum for exhibits and education, as well as marketing-related and institutional-impact studies. She holds a PhD in Science Education from Vanderbilt University and a BA from the University of Chicago. Dr. Ellenbogen was appointed to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ committee that produced the volume "Learning Science in Informal Environments." She serves as President of the Visitor Studies Association, an international network of professionals committed to understanding and enhancing visitor experience in informal learning settings through research, evaluation, and dialogue.