20180324_005751275_iOSI am an aerospace engineer and informal science educator in Los Angeles, CA.

I work at the California Science Center as an Assistant Curator for the upcoming Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center—the future home of Space Shuttle Endeavour.

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about

20170415_123019680_iOSI am an aerospace engineer and informal science educator in Los Angeles, CA.

I joined the California Science Center in 2014. As an Assistant Curator, I develop exhibits and oversee the care and restoration of artifacts for the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center, the future home of Space Shuttle Endeavour.

At the Science Center, I work with a team of designers and exhibit developers to create aerodynamics exhibits that are accessible to a general audience. I also identify, acquire, and restore artifacts that tell a story about advancements in aerospace engineering.

I hold a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from UCLA and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley. Before I started working at the Science Center, l co-founded the K-8 STEM outreach program Building Engineers and Mentors (BEAM) at UC Berkeley in 2008 and at UCLA in 2011.

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projects

At the California Science Center, I develop exhibits and oversee a collection of artifacts for the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center, the future home of Space Shuttle Endeavour. Before that, I ran a K-8 STEM afterschool program at UCLA and UC Berkeley, and also designed wind turbine blades at UCLA.

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elsewhere

media


  • Historic Apollo-Soyuz spacecraft gets new display at CA Science Center (2018 Feb 23), Space.com [link]
  • Apollo-Soyuz spacecraft gets new display at CA Science Center (2018 Feb 22), collectSPACE [link]
  • How museum work can combine research and public engagement (2017 Dec 12), Nature [link] [pdf]
  • Will STEM education be the child left behind? (2015 Oct 28), NPR Morning Edition [link]
  • GSR Episode 13 (2014 Dec 08), GradSquare Radio podcast [link]
  • UCLA Students Promote STEM Education in Local Schools (2014 Oct 15), UCLA IS Associates [link]
  • Campus mobilizes to prepare graduate students, postdocs for careers (2014 May 20), UCLA Newsroom [link]
  • UCLA BEAM engineers hands-on mentorship for young students (2012 May 30), Daily Bruin [link]

writing


  • Volunteers restore Smithsonian’s Ranger spacecraft in Los Angeles (2015 Dec 13), Smithsonian Affiliate Newsletter [link]
  • Hiring success story: Aero engineer hired as Exhibit Researcher in a space museum (2014 Sep 06), VersatilePhD.com [link (paywall)]

invited talks


  • Talking about drones: how to start a productive conversation with guests in science centers (2017 Oct 23), ASTC 2017 Conference [link] [pptx]
  • Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center (2017 Jul 19), Del Amo Flyers
  • GradSWE (2016 Nov 09), UCLA [pptx]
  • Preparing Future Faculty (2016 Apr 19), UCLA [pptx]
  • Volunteers restore 50-year-old Ranger spacecraft (2015 Nov 01), SpaceFest [pptx]
  • UCLA SciComm Career Panel (2015 Jul 07), UCLA [pptx]
  • Careers in Informal Science Education (2015 Apr 24), DaVinci Science High School

published research


  • P. Roth-Johnson, R. Wirz (2017), “Wind turbine blade with biplane section,” U.S. Patent 9739259B2 [link] [pdf]
  • P. Roth-Johnson (2014), “Aero-structural design investigations for biplane wind turbine blades,” UCLA, Ph.D. dissertation [link] [pdf]
  • P. Roth-Johnson, R. Wirz, E. Lin (2014), “Structural design of spars for 100-meter biplane wind turbine blades,” Renewable Energy, 71: 133-135, doi: 10.1016/j.renene.2014.05.030 [link] [pdf]
  • P. Roth-Johnson, R. Wirz (2014), “Aero-structural investigation of biplane wind turbine blades,” Wind Energy, 17: 397-411, doi: 10.1002/we.1583 [link] [pdf]
  • R. Wirz, P. Johnson, (2011), “Aero-structural performance of multiplane wind turbine blades,” 29th AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference, AIAA 2011-3025, Honolulu, HI, June 27, 2011, doi: 10.2514/6.2011-3025 [link] [pdf]

 

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