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About Us

NRG! Exhibits is energized by a team of talented researchers, designers, developers, fabricators, and testers. Each brings years of experience to the organization and our projects. Here are some brief profiles of our key members and advisors:
Seth! Leary Seth! Leary's lifelong fascination with museums was largely influenced by his museum curator father (see below). Seth! has a diverse background, including exhibit development and educational program management at the Museum of Flight, Seattle. He previously taught art in public schools and was the founder/director of an independent elementary school. Seth! also owned a graphic arts/printing company and was active for seven years in that industry. His commitment to education is a guiding force behind our work. Seth! holds a BFA in Art Education from the University of Illinois. He and his wife, Erin, have three children.
Christopher Wirkkala Christopher Wirkkala, our Exhibit Placement Manager, has held roles as company founder, marketing manager, and systems engineer in technology organizations before entering the museum industry. Chris is our third published author. He received his MBA from the Albers School of Business at Seattle University and is currently completing a doctorate in educational leadership.


Content Advisors

Richard Leary, Ph.D. Richard Leary was the curator of geology at the Illinois State Museum for over 35 years. Widely known in the field of palaeobotany, Dr. Leary has presented at scientific conferences around the world. He has also taught environmental geology and introductory geology courses. In 1991, he spent three months conducting research in Argentina and Brazil as a Fulbright Scholar. When he is not working on exhibit design or studying fossils, Richard travels the globe with his wife, Eleanor, a retired microbiology researcher.
Ed Sobey, Ph.D. Ed Sobey served as the first director of the National Inventors Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio and founded the National Toy Hall of Fame at A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village in Salem, Oregon. He also directed the South Florida Science Museum, the Museum of Science & History in Jacksonville, and the Fresno Metropolitan Museum. Ed taught museum management at the University of Washington and was elected President of the Ohio Museums Association. He has written fifteen books on subjects from backpacking to robots and kids science projects. After directing museums for nearly twenty years, Ed created the Northwest Invention Center to serve schools and museums with hands-on programs and exhibits, and to help inventors. He holds a Ph.D. in oceanography from Oregon State University.
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