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Olivia Castellini
Olivia Castellini

Olivia Castellini

Museum of Science and Industry

Chicago, IL USA

"Think, 'this is what I want to be next,' rather than, 'this is what I want to be when I grow up.' It doesn't have to be so scary; you just have to decide what's next."

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Olivia's work combines: Music, Science, and Accomplishing Goals

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Day In The Life

Sr. Exhibit Developer

I have made a career out of translating complex scientific concepts for the public in entertaining and engaging ways.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Music Performance, General

    DePauw University

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Physics, General

    DePauw University

  • Graduate Degree

    Physics, General

    University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Doctorate

    Physics, General

    University of Wisconsin-Madison

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    After pursuing both music and science for most of her childhood, she decided to major in physics.

  • 2.

    Says that throughout her studies, she genuinely liked physics, but not enough to make it her life's work.

  • 3.

    Finished her undergrad studies and panicked, felt like she was never going to be able to be a musician.

  • 4.

    Looking back, says she was too focused on picking one specific career, didn't realize she could pursue all of her interests.

  • 5.

    After getting her Ph.D. in physics, she went into education outreach-says it was the first job she felt genuinely excited about.

  • 6.

    Designs the interactive audiovisual exhibits at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

  • 7.

    Says the essence of her work is "translating" the excitement of science to the general public.

  • 8.

    Takes the stress out of career decisions by thinking about "what she wants to do next," rather than what she wants to do forever.