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Charles H. Trautmann

Executive Director, Sciencenter, 601 1st St., Ithaca, NY
Adj. Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Cornell University


B.A. Physics/Geology Amherst College (1974)
M.S. Engineering Geology Stanford University (1976)
M.S. Geotechnical Engineering Stanford University (1976)
Ph.D. Civil Engineering Cornell University (1983)


Dr. Trautmann has served as Executive Director of the Sciencenter, an educational science museum located in Ithaca, NY since 1990. His focus is empowering young people to use science in shaping a better future for themselves, their community, and the world at large.

He has a long-standing interest in teaching and community service and is a regular contributor to conferences on informal science education. He has published more than 100 articles and reports on education, museum management, and engineering and has been awarded two Alexander von Humboldt Fellowships to pursue research on education and engineering in Germany. Under his leadership, the Sciencenter has won three international Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Awards for Innovative Business Practice at museums.

Dr. Trautmann is also an Adjunct Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Cornell University and currently serves on the board of directors of the Association of Children's Museums (Washington, DC), Tompkins County Area Development, and the Discovery Trail of Tompkins County. He is past president of the Ithaca Montessori School.

Dr. Trautmann is married to Nancy Trautmann, Director of Education at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He has two children: Nina, an environmental scientist in Ithaca, NY and Eric, a graduate student in neuroscience at Stanford.