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Program Director

National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Blvd. #110379
Arlington, Virginia 22230
United States

Company Description: The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • Ph.D. , education
    University of Pittsburgh
  • bachelor's degree , chemistry
    Fordham University
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Royal Caribbean Investor Relations
www.corporate-ir.net, 28 May 2004 [cached]
"We are pleased that Royal Caribbean has decided to support Exploration Place with this gift," said Dr. Al DeSena, president of Exploration Place.
dc2010speakers
www.ncsce.net, 20 June 2010 [cached]
Al DeSena
Program Director, Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings at the National Science Foundation
Al DeSena, Ph.D. is a National Science Foundation Program Director in the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL). He is a member of the Lifelong Learning Cluster (LLC) of the Division, which includes the Informal Science Education (ISE) program and the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program. Al has been in the science center and children's museum business for thirty years, having been a program director, then founding executive director of the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, PA (1979-1993) and founding president of Exploration Place in Wichita, KS (1993-2004). In both institutions he led the process of developing new facilities. Over the course of his career in the museum field, Al has been active with a variety of professional organizations including the Association of Science-Technology Centers, the Association of Children's Museums, the Museum Film Network, and the Visitor Studies Association. Prior to entering the museum field he worked for six years at the Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh, assisting with the development of K - 8 science instructional materials (Individualized Science) and research on science concept development in children. His bachelor's degree is in chemistry from Fordham University, NY, and he received his Ph.D. in education from the University of Pittsburgh, with minors in sociology and higher education.
Story of Exploration Place
www.exploration.org, 6 Aug 2004 [cached]
A national search for leadership was conducted and Dr. Al DeSena, former Director of the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was named as president of Exploration Place.
"The Peep's World exhibit was funded ...
www.bostonkids.org, 8 July 2009 [cached]
"The Peep's World exhibit was funded by NSF after going through a very competitive merit review process involving professionals from around the country," said Al DeSena, NSF program director.
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