Director

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Dr. John Keller

Director
Dr. John Keller, a planetary scientist with research interests in astronomy education and teacher preparation arrived at the University of Colorado in January 2018 and serves as Director of Fiske Planetarium. Previously, Keller was an Associate Professor in the Physics Department and Co-Director for the Center for Engineering, Science, and Mathematics Education ( CESAME ) at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. At Cal Poly, Keller served as...

Manager

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Francisco "Tito" Salas

Manager
Francisco Salas began his association with Fiske Planetarium in 1990 as a work-study student. Through hard work and dedication, he was soon promoted to the position of Education Program Manager, and now serves as Fiske’s Operations Manager. Throughout his 26-year career with CU, he has become adept at balancing the ever-expanding functions of his role, including managing the planetarium; educating students; engaging the general public; collaborating with faculty members and...

Educational Programs Manager

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Briana Ingermann

Educational Programs Manager
Briana is a facilitator of effective science communication, an artist, a dancer, and a traveler. Her current passion is to integrate art and science in innovative ways to promote learning and inspire people to ask scientific questions. Within unique environments, how can we effectively engage people in science and promote conceptual learning? How can we bring powerful learning experiences to local and national communities? In what ways can we design...

IT Specialist

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Jon Allured

IT Specialist
Bio coming soon... Go back to staff page .

Marketing and Membership Coordinator

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Carla Johns

Marketing, Membership, Communications & Fundraising - Fiske Planetarium • Outreach, Tour & Public Relations - Sommers-Bausch Observatory • Webmaster - Network for Exploration and Space Science, SSERVI
At Fiske, Carla wears many hats, including managing the membership program, public programming, marketing strategies, digital communications strategy, website development, and more. She's always trying to find new ways to engage members and attract new visitors by collaborating with a talented team of colleagues to share Fiske’s enriching educational programs, musical and theatrical events, and fulldome shows. Prior to joining Fiske, Carla was a STEM Informal Science Educator at NASA’s...

Systems & Audio Engineer

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Tom Muncy

Systems & Audio Engineer
Tom Muncy is the Systems Engineer at Fiske Planetarium. Tom manages all the technical systems at Fiske including audio, video, and computer systems. He holds degrees in Electronic Engineering and Electronics along with a minor in Mathematics. He also works in the production of new planetarium shows producing sound tracks and composing music. Tom’s passions include audio, photography, music, astronomy, programming, and camping. Go back to staff page .

Theater Manager

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Nick Conant

Theater Manager
Nick is the Fiske Planetarium Theater Manager and programmer. He began working at Fiske in 2012 as a student and later earned his BA in Astrophysics in 2014 from CU Boulder. Nick now supports the educational need and entertainment-based activities of the university students, staff, and their family by hosting - and sometimes teaching - university classes and events under the dome. Developing captivating visualizations of both astronomical phenomena and...

Video Producer, Production Manager

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Thor Metzinger

Producer • Production Manager
Thor Metzinger is the Video Producer of Educational Programs at Fiske Planetarium. He holds a Masters Fine Arts in Computer Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Thor has worked in computer animation, visual effects and motion graphics for over 12 years. He has developed national curricula models for Digital Media and Visual Effects degrees. Thor works closely with numerous University of Colorado departments, external companies, and...

Student Employees

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Student Employees

Planetarium Heroes
Fiske's student workers are the backbone of our operation. Every year, Fiske recruits a number of new student employees, and every year we watch as our students graduate, leave us, and enter the workforce taking their valuable experiences at Fiske with them. From exhibit building, to working in the front office, to show production, to public talks and everything in between, our student employees provide Fiske with one of our...