A diverse group of some of Chicago's most creative minds, leading the industry with forward-thinking projects and cutting-edge initiatives.

Rob
Director of Technology
Rob
Director of Technology
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Rob Zschernitz
Director of Technology
Technology

Year started

2010

Introduction

With over 15 years of experience, Rob is highly proficient working with different server and desktop platforms including Linux (Red Hat, Fedora Core and CentOS), Mac OSX, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 2003 Server and Windows Server 2008, including VMware vSphere. He is also highly skilled at design, deployment, implementation and maintenance of server and network architecture. He also has extensive experience with hiring and management of technical staff.

Education

William Rainey Harper College, Roosevelt University

Interests

Spending time with my wife and children, photography, outdoor activities of all sorts.

Work Experience

Systems architecture and engineering
Network architecture and engineering
Scaling IT infrastructure
Organizational development
IT staffing
IT management
Training/monitoring both technical and non-technical staff

Jessica
Senior Technology Project Manager
Jessica
Senior Technology Project Manager
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Jessica Sandy
Senior Technology Project Manager
Technology

Year started

2008

Introduction

Jessica is responsible for managing web and digital media initiatives at The Field Museum. This includes The Field Museum website, social media platforms, app/ebook development, intranet and other web development projects. Jessica is additionally responsible for overseeing general technology projects; from initial requirements gathering to implementation and training. Jessica enjoys leading a dedicated, innovative team in developing technical solutions, websites and applications that are both beautiful and intuitive.

Education

B.A., English Writing and Lit., DePauw University, B.M., Vocal Performance, DePauw University.
M.A., Humanities, conc. Musicology, University of Chicago.

Work Experience

Project management in the fields of web development, information technology and grant administration
Managing enterprise-wide implementation, including on-going system(s) maintenance
Staff management
Help-desk support team management (Support tiers 1 and 2)
Technical policy writing/implementation
Budget and cash flow management

Grants & Awards

Lilly Endowment Scholar, Arion Award for Music, Kiwanis Foundation Music Award (Indiana)

Professional Affiliations

Member, Young Non-Profit Professionals of Chicago
Member, Social Media Club of Chicago
Member, Young Professionals of Chicago
Member, Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau
Member, Technology in the Arts

Mike
Lead Systems Engineer
Mike
Lead Systems Engineer
Mike Yoshida
Lead Systems Engineer
Technology

Year started

2008

Introduction

As Lead Systems Engineer at The Field Museum, Mike provides strategic planning and design support to the Technology team. His recent engineering projects include design and implementation of our facility-wide WiFi network for both public and private internet access. Additionally, Mike has planned and implemented Field Museum data storage and backup systems to increase storage capacity, availability, and data integrity. With the support of his team, Mike is able to assist in planning and execution of The Museum's large-scale technology projects.

Sharon
Technology Liaison to Science
Sharon
Technology Liaison to Science
Sharon Grant
Technology Liaison to Science
Technology, Office of Collections and Research

Year started

2009

Introduction

Sharon works as the liaison between the Field Museum's Technology Department and the Science Divisions. Also in her bailiwick is the administration of EMu; the Field Museum's main collections database.

Education

M.Sc. Natural Resource Management - University of Leicester, Leicester. U.K.
Postgraduate Diploma Information Systems - Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. U.K.
B.Sc. Marine and Fisheries Ecology 2:1 - University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen. U.K.

Tony
Systems Administrator
Tony
Systems Administrator
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Tony Lam
Systems Administrator
Technology
As the Systems Administrator for The Field Museum, Tony is involved with implementing new projects and maintaining critical systems. Prior to joining The Field Museum, Tony worked for a Chicago non-profit agency that specialized in behavioral and addictions counseling. Tony was responsible for managing the systems and network infrastructure as well as providing desktop support for eight locations in the Chicagoland area. Tony attended the University of Illinois at Springfield, where he received a degree in Computer Science. His interests include: fishing, bowling and currently restoring a 1978 Honda Motorcycle.
Jane
Social Media Strategist
Jane
Social Media Strategist
Jane Hanna
Social Media Strategist
Technology

Year started

2011

Introduction

Jane looks after The Museum's social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Yelp, Flickr, Vimeo, YouTube, LinkedIn, etc.), and is constantly seeking new ways to connect with people online and build meaningful relationships between individuals and institutions through digital channels.

Education

M.A., Humanities and Cultural Policy, University of Chicago, 2011
B.A. with honors and Highest Distinction, Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature, Science and the Arts, University of Iowa, 2003 (Phi Beta Kappa)

Interests

Music (listening, attending, and playing on a handful of instruments), Mold-A-Rama, dogs, gaming, Chicago history, crochet, cooking/ eating, dance crazes of the 1960s, reading microhistories and graphic novels, trivia contests, post-Impressionism, Star Wars, worrying about zombies

Work experience

Marketing, promotions, events planning, PR/ media relations, social media and online branding, catalogue and copywriting for Chicago area arts and cultural organizations and publications; thousands of hours logged as a docent and tour guide at a number of Midwestern museums and attractions

Professional affiliations

AAM, AAM Museums & Technology, MuseumNext, Museum Computer Network, Online Advertising Professionals, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, Social Media Club of Chicago, University of Chicago Alumni Association

Publications

working paper: "Museums and Mobile Technology: More Questions Than Answers. An Econometric Approach to Measuring Visitor Preferences". University of Chicago, Cultural Policy Center/ Harris School of Public Policy Studies, 2011.
"New Technologies: New Ways of Seeing. Smartphone Apps, Art Museums, and Spectatorship". University of Chicago, Division of the Humanities, M.A. thesis, 2011.
(with Thom Swiss), "New Media Poetry, Institutional Support, and Art Museums". New Media & Society. February 2004 6: 82-86.
“Poetry in Motion: New Media Poetry and the Future of Art Museums”, University of Iowa, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, B.A. honors thesis, 2003.

Ben
Front End Developer
Ben
Front End Developer
Ben Ludwig
Front End Developer
Technology

Year started

2011

Education

BFA Graphic Design - Columbia College Chicago

Introduction

Ben is responsible for the design and development of departmental websites and mobile apps. He also assists with maintaining and building new features within fieldmuseum.org. Having a high interest in mobile development, he created the first responsive website for The Field Museum and is currently working with Google on indoor exhibit navigation for mobile devices. Prior to joining the museum, he was an Audio Post-Production Engineer, producing marketing campaigns for ADIDAS, Disney, ESPN, Microsoft, and NBC.

Education


Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors in Graphic Design, Columbia College Chicago, 2011

Awards

Webby: Interactive Marketing 
Webby: People's Choice, Viral
 IMA: Best in Class, Software
IMA: Best in Class, Movie/Film
Horizon Interactive: Gold
Hollywood Reporter Key Art Award: Internet

Nick
Front End Designer
Nick
Front End Designer
Nick Kalmus
Front End Designer
Technology

Year started

2011

Nick Kalmus is a Front-end Designer at The Field Museum. He can build you a fully-functioning Drupal site, Photoshop you a snappy banner, wrangle you some custom Javascript, and pick you a great set of fonts to use in your graphic identity. Nick has been a graphic designer from a young age and graduated from Knox College in 2010 with a degree in Studio Art. Only recently, however, has his fever for all things form and function transfer to the web, where he loves to make sites with clean layouts, strong typography, and smooth user experience.

Sean
Desktop Administrator
Sean
Desktop Administrator
Sean O. Bober
Desktop Administrator
Technology

For the past 13+ years, Sean’s primary goal has been to contribute positively and materially to The Field Museum of Natural History. This has lead him on a curious and fulfilling path: Volunteer, Intern, Collections Assistant, Research Assistant, Exhibition Preparator, Exhibit Production Specialist, IT Project Leader, Desktop Administrator. These are only the titles Sean’s had, and do not reflect what he has been able to contribute, both as part of his expected duties, and as work he has done out of enthusiasm for the people and the institution.

Sean has measured shrew skulls; read from 40, 50 year old and older original collector notebooks; created digital maps for publications on newly described species; managed a collection of specimens that included dinosaurs and contained representatives from all known forms of life from the beginning of life; created an object tracking database system to track specimens, artifacts and the mounts created for each one of them. He has also photographed thousands of objects, from trilobites to fossil insects to maps to volcanic rock to 2000 year old gold jewelry to half millimeter gemstones. Sean has also run a 300’ network cable outside The Museum to a portable CT scanner; composed and recorded music for multiple videos for The Field Museum website; managed a project to document the lifting of a large air-handling unit onto the roof; helped with microsatellite enrichment for the first published microsatellites from the spotted eagle ray; prepared computer systems for use at a museum in Malawi; assisted with implementing a Museum-wide wireless internet network; not to mention daily troubleshooting with various computer workstations and systems.

This extensive list of Sean’s experiences grows each day as he explores all the wonders and wonderful people here at The Museum.

Kate
Science Media Producer
Kate
Science Media Producer
Kate Webbink
Science Media Producer
Technology

As one of The Field Museum's Science Media Producers, Kate Webbink is involved in making films about fellow Fieldians and their amazing feats. Prior to arriving in Chicago, she studied science and natural history filmmaking at Montana State University, and made short films about scientists, philosophers, and the mysterious things that happen inside of their heads (some of which are viewable at www.magpiedin.com). Prior to that, she spent years "testing a test" of episodic memory in scrub jays at the University of Nebraska. This may have driven her slightly insane, but she continues to be fascinated by bird brains, life cycles of academics, Midwestern cloud formations, and historicity--however it's defined today/tomorrow/yesterday. She is interested in combining "information visualization" with filmmaking, and thinks there needs to be a 5-dimensional dynamic map of science. If it has to look like a plate of spaghetti to our human eyes, all the better.