Frederic Bertley, Ph.D., President and CEO Center of Science and Industry

Frederic Bertley, Ph.D., President and CEO

Center of Science and Industry (COSI)

Dr. Bertley is a scientist, scholar, and evangelist for innovative thinking. As President and CEO of COSI, he is shepherding the science center to its next iteration in a legacy of success. Prior to COSI, Dr. Bertley was the SVP for Science and Education at the Franklin Institute.

After graduating from McGill University where he studied Physiology, Mathematics and the History of Science, and earned a Ph.D. in Immunology, Bertley worked internationally in preventative medicine and basic vaccines in Haiti, The Sudan, and the Canadian Arctic. He continued this focus by joining a vaccine research group at Harvard Medical School focusing on the development of DNA vaccines for HIV/ AIDS. Dr. Bertley’s background also includes collaboration on educational and science projects in Egypt, Paraguay, Senegal and the Caribbean.

As part of his continued interest in communicating science to a wide audience, Dr. Bertley is the host of the prime time television show QED with Dr. B, in partnership with WOSU Public Media. He is also featured in the animated online series, Dr. B in 3.

Dr. Bertley sits on the boards of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, Park National Bank, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, Experience Columbus, the Association of Science and Technology Centers, the American Alliance of Museums and numerous other organizations.

Dr. Bertley has spoken at distinguished institutions including The United Nations, The White House, and the National Academy of Sciences. He has received numerous honors including: an Honorary Doctorate (Otterbein University), the George Washington Carver Award, blooloop 50 Museum Influencer (UK) and two Mid-Atlantic, National Academy of Television and Science EMMYS.

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