Indian American executive Manish Engineer has been hired by the Seattle Art Museum as its first chief technology officer.
In this newly created position, he will oversee technology and digital efforts in order to amplify the museum’s mission and improve business operations.
“As our first CTO, Manish will lead the museum to greater levels of engagement with exciting new technologies in support of SAM’s mission to connect art to life,” Kimerly Rorschach, Illsley Ball Nordstrom director and CEO, said in a statement. “His expertise, experience, and genuine love of art will help us deploy technology to serve broad audiences more effectively than ever.”
Previously, Engineer worked at The Museum of Modern Art as a project director in the membership and development departments. He also worked as MoMA’s IT associate director of applications, overseeing their financial systems, internal mobile point of sale app, and e-commerce platform, along with several other museum applications and databases.
He also worked at Penguin Random House on several high-profile projects developing apps and complex e-books for former First Lady Michelle Obama, Giada De Laurentiis, and Max Brooks’ “World War Z novel,” according to a press release.
Prior to that, Engineer was associated for eight years with Oracle Corporation where he served in the capacity of a principal consultant and senior product manager.
Engineer holds a master’s degree in contemporary art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, as well as an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He received his undergraduate degree in computer science and engineering from Ohio State University.
Engineer told iexaminer.org that he was eager to fuse the world of art with that of technology in Seattle. He said he hoped to potentially partner with Amazon, Microsoft and other tech firms to see how to use their products to enhance the visitor experience at the museum, like “using voice-assistance technology to help the visually impaired.”
He was quoted as saying that he is excited about hearing what ideas people in the tech community have for the Seattle Art Museum. He is also excited, he told the news site, to possibly use meetup groups and other community outreach programs to meet with the museum patrons and hear their ideas about how to use technology to create a better museum experience. He mentioned a revamped website and the possible development of a Seattle Art Museum app, said the report.