Bob Beard

Bob Beard speaks at a podium in front of an image of the city from the cartoon "The Jetsons"

Manager, Communications and Public Engagement

Bob Beard is a Marine Corps veteran and double alumnus of Arizona State University.

As the Public Engagement Strategist for the Center for Science and the Imagination, 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 in fandoms and other communities of practice, Bob’s work focuses on creating spaces for intellectual curiosity, accessibility, and audience advocacy. 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.