Eric is passionate about science literacy for all people. He has published extensively on the importance of science learning and the importance of participation in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. Before joining St. Paul and Minnesota Foundations, he served as President of the Science Museum. Prior to that Eric served as senior scientist and vice president for Education Development Center in Newton, Massachusetts. In 2012, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Museum and Library Services Board. Eric was a founding partner of the national “Collaboration for Equity” project and co-director of “Access by Design,” a technology project of the National Science Foundation.
- Board of regents, Augsburg College
- Distinguished lecturer, Sigma Xi, the international honor society for research scientists and engineers
- Life member, Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science