Ryan Wyatt

“Kitchen Sink” Vitae
2805 Market Street · San Francisco, CA 94114
EDUCATION Master of Science Program, Space Physics and Astronomy (August 1990–July 1993)
Rice University, Houston, Texas

Bachelor of Arts, Astronomy (August 1986–August 1990)
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

EMPLOYMENT Director of Morrison Planetarium and Science Visualization (April 2007–present)
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California
  • Cowrote and directed Fragile Planet (2008), opening show for the Morrison Planetarium
  • Wrote and directed Life: A Cosmic Story (2010) and Earthquake: Evidence of a Restless Planet (2012)
  • Supervise creation of visualizations for the planetarium, sterescopic theater, and exhibits
  • Act as a resource for digital planetarium technology and production
    • Served on advisory panel for AMNH space show, Journey to the Stars (2009)
    • Served on the 2007 awards committee and 2008, 2009, and 2012 juries for DomeFest
  • Interface with technology and visual effects communities in the Bay Area
  • Interface with astronomical community and interpret research
  • Supervised implementation of audio-visual hardware and software and non-enterprise information technology during the reopening of the Academy

Science Visualizer, Rose Center for Earth and Space (March 2001–April 2007)
American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York
  • Interface with astronomical community and interpret research
  • Provide visualizations for space-show production
    • Worked with researchers and technical directors to produce visualizations for Cosmic Collisions (2006)
    • Wrote and directed “Cosmic Collisions” pre-show high-definition video that loops Q&A, then introduces the show to all visitors
    • Assisted in integrating more than a dozen researchers’ work into The Search for Life (2002)
  • Integrate visualizations into educational programs
    • Wrote and advised for “Astro-Viz” segments featured in NASA-supported AstroBulletins program, distributed to several dozen science centers and museums worldwide
    • Wrote and directed regular “Mars Update” high-definition video loop—used as walk-in for all Hayden Planetarium space shows and played on NASA TV
    • Wrote and directed “Sunscapes” high-definition video segment
  • Bring expertise and production skills to education programs
    • Organizing Committee member, “Seeing the Universe” NASA Explorer Institute held at the American Museum of Natural History in February 2005
    • Worked with exhibition design on the “Discovering the Universe” Moveable Museum program
    • Curatorial Consultant, Educators Guide for the “Discovering the Universe” Moveable Museum
    • Project Team member, Educators Guide for the “The Search for Life” space show
  • Teach Hayden Planetarium courses and programs
    • Regular presenter at monthly “Virtual Universe” program
    • Instructor for “Relativity 101” (Fall 2005), “Scientific Revolution” (Spring 2005, Winter 2004, and Fall 2002), “Astronomy, Art, and Perception” (Winter 2005), and “Stars, Constellations, and Legends” (Fall 2004)
    • Co-instructor for “Galaxies and Cosmology” (Spring 2005), “Hidden in Plain Sight” (Winter 2005), “Envisioning the Virtual Universe” (Fall 2003 and Fall 2002), and “From Einstein to Hawking” (Spring 2003)
  • Act as a resource for digital planetarium technology and production
  • Foster relationships within the planetarium community

Director of Theaters, LodeStar Astronomy Center (November 1999–February 2001)
LodeStar Project, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Performed duties of director of astronomy-oriented science center
    • Oversaw day-to-day operation of 6,000 square feet of exhibits, planetarium, motion simulator, and gift shop
    • Directly supervised four area managers, with two additional full-time and approximately fifteen part-time co-workers
    • Acted as liaison between New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (host institution) and the University of New Mexico (administrating institution)
  • Developed media for fulldome video in new planetarium
    • Wrote and produced debut program, which opened in March 2000

Manager, Dorrance Planetarium (November 1996–November 1999)
Arizona Science Center, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Managed two full-time and three part-time people, plus one volunteer
    • Focus on developing creative team, giving each member performance, problem-solving, and production roles
  • Wrote and produced all planetarium shows—including five original feature shows from October 1997 through July 1999
    • Reviewed content with science center planetarium committee and outside advisors
    • Developed imagery with in-house production staff, supervising and creating still graphics and animations
    • Oversaw audio production, including work with narrators Hugh Downs and Michael York
    • Commissioned and advised on original musical scores
    • Streamlined final multimedia programming, including Spice, Interactive, and Digistar software components
    • Integrated live and interactive portions to differentiate experience from large-format film venue
  • Co-wrote and -produced portions of “Destination Moon” with Houston Museum of Natural Science
  • Took de facto lead in all planetarium troubleshooting, including Evans & Sutherland and Sky-Skan hardware and software
  • Media contact (radio, TV, and print) for astronomical events and planetarium-related activities
  • Produced televised public-service announcements for planetarium shows
  • Prepared and administrated annual planetarium budget
  • Served on science center’s grants-review committee
  • Organized 1999 DesertSkies regional planetarium conference and 1999 Digistar Users Group meeting

Manager, Burke Baker Planetarium (August 1993–November 1996)
Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, Texas
  • Managed planetarium staff of six part-time operators and laserists
  • Wrote and produced all planetarium shows—including five original feature shows
  • Developed “Destination Mars” planetarium show, exhibit, and curriculum with NASA’s Johnson Space Center
  • Co-investigator on “Creating the Public Connection” NASA grant NAG5-2689
  • Prepared and administrated annual planetarium budget
  • Developed and maintained Museum’s website and electronic mail server
  • Maintained MicroVAX, SPARCstation 1, and Digistar I Graphics Processor and Projector
  • Operated Museum’s 16–inch telescope (Brown Observatory)

Planetarium Instructor (August 1995–May 1996)
Houston Independent School District, Houston, Texas
  • Taught daily 4th– and 7th–grade classes in planetarium
  • Interim, part-time position alternating with managerial duties at planetarium

Planetarium Operator / Lecturer (March 1991–July 1993)
Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, Texas
  • Performed live and taped planetarium shows—including weekly “Stars of the Season” night-sky talk
  • Programmed Digistar laser-show and astronomy effects and acquired traditional production techniques
  • Edited and wrote scripts for astronomy features

Research / Teaching Assistant (August 1990–July 1993)
Rice University, Houston, Texas
  • Reduced and analyzed wide-band Hubble Space Telescope data
  • System manager of SPARCstation 2 (pre-Solaris) used for image-processing
  • Teaching assistant for 300–level class in observational astronomy techniques—from small telescopes to IRAF

Teacher Mentor (Summers 1991–92)
Rice University, Houston, Texas
  • Introduced junior- and senior-high-school instructors to astronomy research, data reduction and analysis
  • Scheduled and assisted in wide-band CCD observations at local 36–inch telescope (George Observatory)

Research Assistant (Summer / Winter Breaks 1987–89)
Steward Observatory, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
  • Infrared data reduction and analysis for SIRTF / NICMOS groups
  • Performed detector testing, electronics construction and repair

Art Director (October 1986–June 1990)
Visions Magazine, Ithaca, New York
  • Selected artwork, executed drawings, and designed layout for independent college magazine
  • Worked with artists, graphic designers, marketing staff, and print shops

Writer / Cartoonist (August 1986–June 1990)
Cornell Daily Sun, Ithaca, New York
  • Wrote approximately 70 reviews, features, and news articles—as well as a daily comic strip for one year

  • Writer and consultant for Chabot Observatory’s NSF-funded Maya Skies
  • Consultant for LodeStar Astronomy Center’s Arrow to the Sun fulldome video program, currently in production
  • Visual Advisor, Space University Book Club, Scholastic Books, Inc.
  • Director / Artist / Animator, “Card Game” and “Dome Sketch” fulldome shorts, featured in DomeFest 2004 and 2005; “Dome Sketch” was awarded the 2005 “Experimentation Domie”
  • Award Committee Member, DomeFest 2007



  • Fluency on Macintosh, Unix, Linux, DOS, Windows 95/98/NT/XP, and MicroVAX systems
  • Virtuoso pilot on Uniview, Partiview, and DigitalSky interfaces to Hayden Planetarium’s Digital Universe
  • Expertise in 2-D design software, including Quark XPress, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator
  • Familiarity with 3D Studio MAX, Maya, Macromedia Director, and Adobe AfterEffects
  • HTML authoring and web page design and maintenance

  • David Beining, Former Executive Director, LodeStar Astronomy Center
    dbeining@unm.edu · 505.841.5985
  • Myles Gordon, Former Vice President for Education, American Museum of Natural History
    mylesg1@optonline.net · 212.769.5172
  • Sheila Grinell, Executive Director Emeritus, Arizona Science Center
    sheilagrinell@cox.net · 602.716.2010
  • James Sweitzer, Science Communications Consultants
    sweitzer@sciencecomms.com · 708.848.2559
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson, Frederick Phineas Rose Director, Hayden Planetarium, American Museum of Natural History
    tyson@amnh.org · 212.769.5912