Manager, Communications and Public Engagement
Bob Beard is a Marine Corps veteran and double alumnus of Arizona State University.
As the Manager for Communication and Public Engagement, he produces multimedia content, public programming, exhibitions, and experiences at the intersection of science, engineering, and the humanities. With two decades of hands-on media experience, paired with his research on communication, advocacy, and participatory culture, Bob’s work focuses on creating spaces for curiosity, accessibility, and collaboration. His projects include Frankenstein200, a transmedia experience for STEM education supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation; Reanimated!, a video series examining ethical issues raised by emerging technologies; Drawn Futures: Arizona 2045, a sustainability-themed comic book designed for 5th to 8th grade students; and PBS Nerd, a national brand and outreach campaign developed for public television stations across the United States.
Since 2020, he has led the Veterans Imagination Project, a research-based intervention for veterans designed to improve the experience of military-to-civilian transition with the tools of strategic, narrative foresight.