Mr. Shaner is the Public Engagement Lead at the Lunar and Planetary Institute. He is responsible for the implementation of LPI’s public engagement programs, such as the Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series, Sky Fest and use of the LPI’s digital portable planetarium.
Mr. Shaner holds a B.A. in Secondary Education from Wichita State University and a M.A. in Teaching and Teacher Education with a minor in planetary science from The University of Arizona. As a graduate student, he worked in the education program for NASA’s Mars Phoenix mission and was a two-time NASA/University of Arizona SpaceGrant Graduate Fellow. Following graduate school, he taught high school physics and Earth and space science for one year before coming to LPI.
Since joining LPI in July 2009, he has been involved in multiple education projects including professional development experiences for early career scientists, teachers, public librarians, and camp professionals as well as educational experiences for the public. Mr. Shaner is the education lead for the LPI-JSC Center for Lunar Science and Exploration. In this capacity, he has managed an authentic, lunar/asteroid research program for high school students (ExMASS) and has developed content for small, portable traveling exhibits intended for small libraries. He also serves on the Coordinating Committee for International Observe the Moon Night as the Domestic Partnerships Lead.