National Volunteer Week: Three Cheers for Volunteers!
The Tech has hundreds of volunteers who help make every experience here run smoothly. Retired engineers make repairs in our Social Robots exhibit, former teachers explain the amazing features of the human body at our Anatomage Table and high schoolers help visitors launch gliders in The Tech Studio. We’re grateful for them each and every day, but of course we amp up the love in April for National Volunteers Week with thank-you treats and a volunteer recognition dinner. Meet two of our volunteers featured in this year’s annual report:
Volunteer Spotlight: Dean Dulleck
Dean Dulleck, who joined The Tech in July, landed his first job in 1960 as a technician testing traveling wave tubes with Sylvania Electronics in Mountain View and worked in electronics his entire career. Three years ago Dean retired from Lockheed Martin — there he’d been a senior printed circuit board design engineer and eventually an electro/mechanical engineering design checker. Dean’s volunteer work at The Tech includes frequent stints at the LifeStraw demo cart in the museum’s new exhibit, Innovations in Health Care, presented by El Camino Hospital. “I have never had so much fun, and I really love being a part of the great Tech family,” he said.
Volunteer Spotlight: Justin Baraona
Justin Baraona is a high school student who joined The Tech’s volunteer team in May. Justin helps with both special events and in the museum galleries. He said the most striking thing about his experience has been meeting so many people with incredible stories. “I’ve encountered people from New Zealand, Paris, Korea, Russia and India,” Justin said. “I’ve conversed with children, peers, adults and elders. I have grown a great deal at my time at The Tech, and for that I’m truly appreciative.”