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Shedd staff member Rob Stein stands in front of Shedd's historic bronze doors for a photograph.

Robert Stein

Senior Vice President, Guest Experience and Communication

Robert Stein provides strategic oversight to the Learning and Community, Planning and Design, and Public Relations and External Affairs teams.


B.S., electrical and computer engineering, University of Illinois

Robert Stein brings his extensive experience as a museum leader, technology expert and strategist to Shedd’s Guest Experience and Communications division. He champions Shedd’s standards for quality programmatic and exhibit experiences that are science- and conservation-based while inviting guest participation. He provides leadership, access and consistent guidance to ensure all aspects of the guest experience align with the aquarium’s goals.

Stein came to Shedd from the American Alliance of Museums, where he was executive vice president and chief program officer. Before that, he served as deputy director of the Dallas Museum of Art, and at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, he was deputy director for research, technology and engagement.

In the academic world, Stein was assistant director of Indiana University’s Pervasive Technology Lab and senior visualization programmer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois. He began his career in Silicon Valley as a web and technology specialist, but even as a child, he had an aquatic connection as an avid fish hobbyist.

Stein is also an author, speaker and consultant, addressing the impact of museums in their communities and how technology and metrics benefit museum innovation and improvement. Stein earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign