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Located on the corner of Warren Ave. and John R St. in Midtown, the Michigan Science Center is one of several nonprofit organizations in Detroit’s cultural district. With live stage shows, an IMAX® Dome, a 4D theater, a Planetarium, an 8,700 square foot special exhibit hall, and 220+ interactive exhibits, the Science Center has a lot to offer children and adults alike. 

Affectionately known as Mi-Sci, we pride ourselves on being a STEM engagement hub where discovery learning and interactive participation meet. Our exhibits, programs and science shows explore various topics in STEM and promote literacy and understanding of the natural world and the built environment.

Our Mission

The mission of the Michigan Science Center (Mi-Sci) is to inspire curious minds of all ages to discover, explore and appreciate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in a creative, dynamic learning environment.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Mi-Sci relies on the generous support of donors, sponsors, community partners and members.

"Putting you at the center of science is about meeting you where you are, personalizing your experience and empowering you to discover for yourself the process and principles of science."
Christian Greer
President and CEO


Our strategy is to develop innovative ways to ignite a learner’s natural curiosity. With a creative blend of onsite, offsite and online experiences, we invite curious minds of all ages to ask questions and seek answers through active participation in the process of science.

Although our interactive exhibits and immersive theaters are core elements of our overall value to guests, we also believe in the power of personalization in creating relevant and meaningful learning opportunities regardless of your background or level of experience in STEM. With our live stage shows, pop-up pocket demonstrations and distance-learning programs, we put YOU at the Center of Science, allowing you to discover for yourself.

Leadership Team

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Christian Greer
President & CEO
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Andrea Harp
Chief of Staff, Director of Culture & Community
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Katora (Tori) Cole
Chief Development Officer

Andy Zulkiewski
Director of Guest Experience
Melanie Depcinski
Director of Guest Relations
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Paulette Epstein
Director of Theaters & Science Partnerships
Melinda Ostrander
Director of Operations
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George Jackson
Associate Director of Grants Management
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Anna Weaver
Associate Director of Individual Giving & Membership
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Katier McKiernan
Manager Of Floor Operations And Volunteers

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Carmen Jones
 Manager of Guest Relations


Angela Cavanagh
Public Programs Manager

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Camera Stevens
Outreach Programs Manager

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Shaquille Sampson
Digital Media Specialist

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Javier Torres
  Event & Sales Manager

Board of Directors

Thomas Stephens, Chair | General Motors (retired)

Jacqueline Dedo, Vice Chair | Aware Mobility LLC

J. Thomas MacFarlane, Secretary | Clark Hill PLC

Orlando Bustos, Treasurer | Blue Sea Advisors LLC

Steve Ambrose | DTE

Christine Barman | Rebuild Manufacturing

Micky Bly | FCA Group

Denise Carlson | DENSO North American

Patrick Conroy | Penske Corporation

Jenny D’Anna | ITC Holdings

Jim Danahy | General Motors

Bill Foy | Amazon Web Services

Michael Garrett | CNS Heathcare

Jody Ingle | Industrial Design Society of America

Gregory Ioanidis | ITC Holdings (former)

Don Manvel | AVL North America, Inc.

Roger Meyers | Bush Seyferth & Paige, PLLC 

Marjace Miles | Ford Motor Company

Dan Naugle | Axalta Coating Systems

Glenda Price, Ph.D. | Detroit Public Schools Foundation (retired)

Dave Sawin | Toyota Motor North America

Mark Snyder | Nissan North America

Tom Szczepanski | Angels’ Place

Eileen Lappin Weiser | State Board of Education (retired)

Young Professional Advisory Committee

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Tom Van Heeke
Sr Policy Advisor  – Rivian
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Ian Robinson
President/COO – BlueConduit
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LaTresha “LC” Howland
Sr. PMM- Microsoft
CoFounder/CCO- Breadless


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Alysa N. Miller
Founder and CEO of RIZZARR
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Ka’Marr Coleman-Byrd
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Kyra Luyckx
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Jenny Orletski-Dehne
Engagement Manager – Let’s Detroit
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The Michigan Science Center (Mi-Sci) has been designated a Smithsonian Affiliate, joining a national network of museums, educational institutions and cultural organizations in sharing the resources of the Smithsonian Institution. Started in 1996, the Smithsonian Affiliates Program is a national outreach program that develops long-term collaborative partnerships that share Smithsonian collections, build collaborative networks and engage learners of all ages with Smithsonian resources. With over 200 affiliates in nearly every state, Puerto Rico, and Panama, the Smithsonian is able to reach an expanded audience not easily accessed without the benefit of these partnerships. This affiliation will enable MiSci to work closely with the Smithsonian to bring additional programs, exhibits, and professionals to the museum. Our members will also have the opportunity to have a joint membership with the Smithsonian, for double the exploration and learning.

“This affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution is a significant recognition for our institution. It recognizes our excellence in programs, exhibits and educational activities for families, students and with teachers.”- Dr. Christian Greer, President and CEO of MiSci. “I am so incredibly proud of our team, Board and the metro Detroit community. They all have played key roles in helping our institution achieve this high point in both national and international recognition.”

“We are proud to partner with the Michigan Science Center, an organization dedicated to placing its guests at the center of science,” said Myriam Springuel, director of Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and Smithsonian Affiliations. “With a mission that so thoroughly matches the work of the Smithsonian, we are honored to welcome the MiSci into the Smithsonian Affiliate family, and we look forward to working together to share the inspiring stories of its community and our nation.”


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As we progress forward, together as a community, MiSci reminds everyone to continue practicing everyday preventive actions to help avoid illness. Learn more about what MiSci is doing to guests and employees safe.

In an effort to bring something new and immersive to you every day during this time, we have switched to a virtual presence as we work to safely open up the building for you, our MiSci family. Check out our ECHO Live program weekdays at 2:30 p.m. on our Facebook Page.