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Company Overview of Smithsonian Institution

Company Overview

Smithsonian Institution owns and operates museums and research facilities. The institute offers object, artwork, and specimens display and exhibition and event management services. Additionally, it provides research services. Smithsonian Institution was founded in 1846 and is headquartered in Washington, District of Colombia.

SI Building

Room 153

MRC 010

Washington, DC 20013-7012

United States

Founded in 1846





Key Executives for Smithsonian Institution

Chief Financial Officer
President of Smithsonian Enterprises
Editor-in-Chief of Smithsonian Magazine
Chief of Staff to the Secretary
Chief of Staff to the Board of Regents
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Smithsonian Institution Key Developments

Smithsonian Institution Opens New Sustainable Research Lab

The Smithsonian Institution announced that it will open the doors of its greenest building to date September 19: the Charles McC. Mathias Laboratory on the campus of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Md. Designed to be the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum building in the Institution, the Mathias Lab will emit 37% less CO2 than a comparable lab that does not meet LEED-certification standards. Before the new Mathias Lab, almost two-thirds of SERC's office space and one-fourth of its lab space were housed in trailers. The disjointed environment hindered communication and the kind of experiments scientists were able to do. Building a sustainable research laboratory is more difficult than building a sustainable home, office space or school, largely because research environments are highly energy intensive and typically consume three-to-four times as much electricity as other buildings. However, research efforts on climate change, invasive species and conserving the Chesapeake Bay are vital to preserving healthy ecosystems throughout the rest of the world. The challenge for lead architect Howard Skoke of EwingCole was to enhance these research projects while slashing their environmental footprint. The finished lab's reduced carbon footprint comes from a substantial reliance on renewable. A geothermal well field with 250 wells provides a highly efficient heat exchange for the lab's HVAC system, while a 352-kilowatt array of solar panels provides water heating and covers 15% of the building's annual electricity expense. Energy efficiency also received a boost from passive solar lighting, a result of its open interior design and large windows, as well as automated lighting controls and strong insulation. In total, the Mathias Lab will save an estimated 42% on energy costs each year compared to a lab without LEED certification.

U.S. Department of Commerces United States Patent and Trademark Office Signs Memorandum of Agreement with Smithsonian Institution

The U.S. Department of Commerces United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Smithsonian Institution have signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) establishing a five-year collaboration to develop programs and exhibitions showcasing American innovation. Some upcoming joint efforts will include a major new intellectual property (IP) exhibition at the National Museum of American History, as well as an Innovation Festival and educational programs at the Smithsonians American Art and National Air and Space museums. The first joint event as part of the MOA will be a weekend festival at the National Air and Space Museum Nov. 1 2. The USPTO has a rich history of collaboration with the Smithsonian on education programs, curation, and exhibition design and fabrication. Educating the public about the importance of intellectual property rights and protections with the various program offerings and the diverse venue options provided by the Smithsonian also supports the USPTOs mission of promoting IP literacy. The USPTO will contribute up to $6.4 million to this new collaboration. Through this collaboration with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, they will create, over the next five years, programs and exhibitions that celebrate American ingenuity and innovation, said Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough. The Innovation Festival at the National Air and Space Museum in November will feature breakthrough patented American technology developed by corporations, academic institutions, the federal government, and the independent inventor community. The festival will also include innovation-related programs and hands-on educational events. Additional details will be released once confirmed.

Smithsonian Institution Appoints Nancy Hogan as Board Member

Smithsonian Institution announced that Nancy Hogan, a board member of the Museum of Flight, has been appointed to the company national board of the venerable the company.

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