Robert ( Bob ) Griesmer is currently the Executive Director/CEO of the Virginia Air & Space Center, the official visitor center for the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. His experience in informal learning centers spans 30 years.
The Virginia Air and Space Center is the centerpiece of downtown Hampton, Virginia. Highlighting national achievements in aviation and space exploration while stimulating an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The center is the NASA Langley Visitor Center and is a private nonprofit 501 (3) (c) corporation. The 110,000 square foot facility is the home of, among other engaging exhibits, the Apollo 12, Gemini, Mercury and new Orion capsules. A three billion year-old moon rock, a stunning collection of historic space and aircraft suspended from its 96 foot atrium, and a 5 story 3D IMAX theater, provide a dramatic backdrop for telling the compelling stories of the past, present and future of America’s leadership in aerospace.
Mr. Griesmer has been leading the Virginia Air & Space Center as its Executive Director and CEO through transformational changes since arriving in November of 2014. He led a process to re-build its brand as the NASA Langley Research Visitor Center. STEM programing and research projects provide the foundation to its claim as the leading science center in the Hampton Roads region. Under Mr. Griesmer’s leadership, the Virginia Air & Space Center has become to be known as not just a nice place, but an essential place; not just a provider of STEM programs, but a leader and innovator of STEM education. For more information visit, www.vasc.org.