Source:  DOE-ORO Integrated Support Center | Release | July 6, 2018

Ms. Julia Bussinger has been named Director of the American Museum of Science and Energy (AMSE) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, effective July 16, 2018.  As the Director of AMSE, Bussinger will be responsible for supervising staff and managing the daily operations of the AMSE.

“We welcome Julia to Oak Ridge and are extremely pleased to have someone of her caliber to oversee the day-to-day operations of the AMSE,” said Ken Tarcza, Manager, Integrated Support Center – Oak Ridge U.S. Department of Energy.

Bussinger holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Sofia University (Bulgaria), a Master of Philosophy in Conservation and a Doctoral Degree in Conservation from Gothenburg University, Sweden.  She also has significant experience managing a variety of museums and has managed multiple projects and collaborations with businesses and community organizations. From 2009- 2015, she managed the Aerospace Museum of California and concurrently served as Museum Director for the City of El Paso Museum of History and Museum of Archaeology.  She most recently served (January 2017- July 2018) as the Executive Director of the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum in Palm Springs, California, where she was the driving force behind the development and construction of the TouchCity 3-D Digital Wall – the first of its kind in the U.S. and the biggest in the world.

“I am extremely passionate about science and museums and I am humbled to use my education in chemistry and conservation for the benefit of the American Museum of Science and Energy,” said Bussinger.  Bussinger will report for her new role on July 16, 2018.

The new AMSE facility renovations, designed by museum professionals and fabricators, began in January 2018 and are expected to be completed July 2018.  The new facility is slated for public opening in fall 2018 and will include a newly-designed exhibit gallery (for permanent and temporary exhibits), a lobby area with information desk and monitors, retail shop, state-of-the-art classroom facility, lecture hall with 150-seat capacity, and office space for museum staff and volunteers.

In order to begin the transition to the new AMSE, the current AMSE (Tulane) facility will officially close to the public on July 29.  The DOE Facilities Public Bus Tour will continue to operate on regular schedule, however the specific location from which the Tour will operate is still under development.  Residents and visitors can expect that information to be released soon on the AMSE website, through the media, and other official information outlets used by DOE and its partners in the area.