Board of Directors

  • Jacob Bien, Asst. Professor of Biological Statistics, Cornell University
  • Jack Conte, Musician & Videographer and CEO of Patreon
  • Marriner Eccles, Economist
  • Alex Filippenko, Professor of Astronomy, University of California, Berkeley
  • Maribel H. Fraser, Emeritus Director of Information Technology, AT&T
  • Juliana Gallin, Author and Ask a Scientist Creator
  • Kendra Kramlich, Financial Modeler, PRJ Holdings
  • Eric Yao, Technical Director of Wonderfest and CEO of Picturoo
  • Richard Zare, Professor of Chemistry, Stanford University
 
Executive Director
 
Tucker Hiatt founded Wonderfest in 1997. With the reincarnation of Wonderfest as an independent nonprofit corporation in 2011, the Wonderfest Board appointed Tucker to the position of Executive Director.
 
Tucker earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics from the University of California. His thesis research explored a rather narrow aspect of experimental solid state physics. Later, Tucker worked with UC Berkeley’s Space Astrophysics Group to develop search algorithms that are now at work around the world in the SETI@home software.
 
Tucker taught physics at UC Santa Cruz, Punahou School, San Francisco University High School, and Branson School. At the Exploratorium, he built an exhibit, wrote a guide book, and trained Explainers. Since 2008, Tucker has been a Board member of the Bay Area Skeptics, and he held the position of Visiting Scholar in the Stanford Chemistry Department until mid-2014.
 
Tucker has been a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) since 1978. He has published several articles and cartoons in The Physics Teacher, the AAPT journal. In 2001, Tucker wrote and published the Layers of Scientific Understanding poster. And, in 2006, he earned the Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence.