Project Directors


Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
Melissa Wadman
Manager of Program Evaluation
Melissa Wadman is the Manager of Program Evaluation at the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies and is overseeing the evaluation of the project as it relates to the Smithsonian Youth Access grant. Over the past 12 years she has gained extensive experience in informal learning evaluation working with a variety of museums including children’s museums, science centers, art museums and history museums. Melissa has worked both as an external consultant in research and evaluation as well as an in-house evaluator (most recently as Director of Impact Evaluation at Liberty Science Center). She has a B.A. in Anthropology and an M.A. in Museum Studies.

University of Maryland College of Education
Susan De La Paz

Project Team


Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
Darren Milligan
Senior Digital Strategist
Darren Milligan leads strategy for digital outreach at the Center for Learning and Digital Access at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. There he researches and develops programs for making museum assets accessible and useful to educators and young learners, including producing resources such as online games and interactives, managing social media initiatives, and directing websites, including the online platform for educators at the Institution, SmithsonianEducation.org. His current research focuses on the development of a digital toolkit to enable the creation, by teachers and learners anywhere, of personalized digital learning resources (http://smithsonian-digital-learning.wikispaces.com/). Darren was formerly producer and art director of the teacher magazine, Smithsonian in Your Classroom, distributed to every primary and secondary school in the United States. In 2010, Darren, in collaboration with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s Science for Monks program, co-designed and art directed the exhibition The World of Your Senses, a project of the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, the Exploratorium, and the Smithsonian. Darren is a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences and serves on numerous Smithsonian committees focused on education and digital outreach strategies. Prior to the Smithsonian, he developed citizen-science programs and online mentoring communities at the nonprofit Purple Martin Conservation Association. Darren is also a documentary photographer and his work has appeared in publications and websites produced by Leica, Phaidon, Modern Art Notes, ReadWriteWeb, Wired, CNET, Boing Boing, Khan Academy, Yahoo, Spiegel, and Discover.

Pino Monaco
Director of Program Evaluation and Audience Research

University of Maryland College of Education
Kelly Worland