Brendan Mullan


Brendan speaking at National Geographic HQ


Brendan Mullan is the Director of Science for the Wrinkled Brain Project. He has a B.A. in Physics and Astronomy from Colgate University, and holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in Astronomy and Astrophysics from Penn State. As an astrophysicist and astrobiologist for the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science, Brendan works in the intersection of SETI (The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), ethics, and sustainability.

But Brendan’s main passion is science communication and education. He is the Assistant Professor of Physics at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, where he teaches physics, astronomy, and mathematics. Previously, he was the Director of the Buhl Planetarium and Observatory at Carnegie Science Center, also in Pittsburgh. He has years of experience in developing, coordinating, and performing science activities, demonstrations, shows, and programs for audiences of all ages.

Brendan is the winner of the nation-wide NASA Astrobiology Famelab science communication competition and is generally recognized as one of the leading young science communicators worldwide. In 2013, he was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and travels around the world to bring science to students everywhere.