The Discovery Center at Water’s Edge Board of Directors recently welcomed Dr. Robert Lieb as Vice President. The Board is tasked with advancing a multi-year plan to build a world-class science center in northeastern Maryland which will serve as a visitor’s center, meeting and work space, artifact storage area and exhibit area. Students of all ages will have the opportunity to explore, experience, invent, create, and play with technology, leading them to a greater understanding of the scientific principles at play and the history of that technology.
Dr. Lieb is a former senior research physicist at the Army Research Laboratory, and an Associate Professor of Physics teaching a full range of undergraduate physics and engineering courses for over a decade. He has always worked to instill and keep alive the wonder of science. For over 40 years he has visited classrooms, both public and private, to demonstrate that all students can know and understand physical principles and appreciate the wonders of nature. He has mentored seniors at the Science and Math Academy in Harford County and is a founding member of the Senior Science Society whose motto is to “Ignite the Spark of Science.” He is dedicated to spreading the good news about science and promoting the need to keep technology in the forefront of everyone’s life. Dr. Lieb holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Physics from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and a Ph.D. in Solid State Physics from The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Dr. Lieb joins Board members President Charles J. Nietubicz (Energetics Technology Center, Inc.), Treasurer Jeffrey Hacala (Consultant), Secretary Sue Manning (Retired), Warline Bryant (BHL Group), Quynh Budzynski (Blind Industries and Services of Maryland), Jim Byrnes (JRAD), Robert Kavetsky (Energetics Technology Center, Inc), John Landbeck (Retired) and Angela Sheldon (TribalCo).
Plans for a 35,000-square-foot facility is targeted to open by 2026. Phase One will be a 3,500 square foot “Preview” Center at the Water’s Edge complex in Belcamp, MD. Phase 2 will result in the opening of a permanent Discovery Center in 2024 with 10,000 square feet of exhibit space, serving over 55,000 visitors each year, and costing approximately $4.5 million. Phase three will expand the center to 35,000 square feet serving 100,000 visitors each year.