Summit 2017 Raffle Winner
Martin Fisher from Science Central in Fort Wayne Indiana is our lucky raffle winner!
Martin S. Fisher is the Executive Director of Science Central (Fort Wayne, IN), a position he has held since October 2007.With over 30 years of experience in the science center and museum field, he has worked in positions ranging from frontline to executive management. In his current role at Science Central, Martin directs the operations, strategic planning, fundraising, community partnerships and staffing of one of the region’s premier cultural attractions.
He leads these activities at a 70,000-square-foot educational science center, with 35,000-square feet of exhibit/classroom/office space. Science Central serves more than 145,000 people per year through on-site visitation and outreach programming. He is responsible for a staff of 70 employees and a budget of $1.6 million.
During his first five years at Science Central, and for the first time in the museum’s history, Fisher has successfully developed a Strategic Plan, paid off long-term debt, invested money, and guided a successful capital campaign, raising more than $1.5 million. He is responsible for the implementation of the first major new exhibit – Science On a Sphere – since the center was started in 1995. Fisher also initiated new marketing campaigns, guided the creation of a new logo, and successfully led the center’s 20th year anniversary events.
Prior to taking the helm at Science Central, Fisher served on the staffs of COSI, Ohio’s Center of Science & Industry (Columbus, OH); Miami University Zoology Museum (Oxford, OH); Omaha Children’s Museum (Omaha, NE); and Nauticus, The National Maritime Center (Norfolk, VA).
Throughout his career, he has developed educational programs, produced exhibits, created a variety of marketing and public relations components, written grants, guided development and fundraising projects, and coordinated numerous community partnerships.
Fisher holds a B.S. degree in Zoology from Miami University (Oxford, OH), with an emphasis in vertebrate ecology, and a M.A. degree in Science Education from The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH), with an emphasis in environmental education and educational psychology.
In addition to his work responsibilities, Fisher has participated with a number of professional committees, boards and organizations in the museum, cultural, education, and economic fields. These include the Association of Science-Technology Centers, Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, Northeast Indiana Hospitality Association, Indiana Space Grant Consortium, Northeast Indiana Public Radio and the Fort Wayne Youtheatre. Martin has also served on a Mayoral-appointed task force and a City-appointed urban planning committee, as well as short-term awards or grant committees such as the Fort Wayne Better Business Bureau and Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne.
Fisher is the host of weekly educational science segments on the local ABC television affiliate and on the region’s public radio station.
We asked him to share his expectations while attending the IMERSA 2017 Summit.
Science Central is the only hands-on, interactive science center in the region. Since our opening in 1995, there has been strong interest from the local schools, general public, and tourism partners for a planetarium in our building. A local university recently closed their planetarium and gave the Spitz A4 starball projector and dome to Science Central. We will modernize this equipment with the addition of a fulldome system. Our installation will be the city’s only public planetarium, and it will integrate with our existing general science and space related programs and exhibits (including NOAA’s Science On a Sphere). My primary goal from IMERSA is to learn about the various digital systems’ capabilities and uses, and to talk with planetarium experts and the equipment vendors. This summit will help me determine what company to use. We have some specific needs/uses, and a particular design we want to install. I need to meet with planetarium directors and vendor companies to learn if our idea can be done.