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Discovery Museum welcomes 2 new board members


The Discovery Museum in Acton has announced that it is welcoming Umair Zia and Vibha Oza to its board of directors.  Pictured: Oza.

The Discovery Museum in Acton has announced that it is welcoming Umair Zia and Vibha Oza to its board of directors.

Zia is director of electrical distribution engineering for Eversource Energy. Prior to moving to Massachusetts to join Eversource, he held various positions in operations and engineering at the Potomac Electric Power Company in Washington, DC, most recently as director of underground maintenance and construction. While in Washington, Zia was a board member of Arts on the Block, a nonprofit that helps young creatives discover the intersection of art, design and business by engaging them. in real art projects.

Zia received a Masters in Systems Engineering, Graduate Certificate in Mechanical Engineering, and a BS in Electrical Engineering, all from the University of Maryland, College Park. Zia lives with her family in Shrewsbury.

Oza holds a doctorate in organic chemistry and a postdoctoral fellowship in medicinal chemistry. She has had a 20-year career in the pharmaceutical industry, focusing primarily on oncology research and development, where she has worked to discover and develop new therapies for patients.

Oza’s passion for science and mentoring future young scientists would have been instrumental in his participation in the design and execution of experiments aimed at inspiring the curiosity of children while pursuing his career goals in oncology. therapeutic.

Oza has also been actively involved in fundraising for nonprofits focused on empowering women with young children in difficult life circumstances, including Project Munchkins and House of Hope.

Oza and her husband, Prakash, live in Acton with their children Anjali and Adi and an Australian dog named Merlin. The family enjoys hiking with their dog, spending time outdoors, cooking and playing the piano.

“We are pleased to add Vibha and Umair to our Board of Trustees at this critical juncture in the history of the museum,” said Harry Hollenberg, Chairman of the Board. “Vibha and Umair each bring skills and experience that will inform our work as we steer the museum through the challenges of the global pandemic. Museum staff have shown great flexibility and creativity in developing new learning opportunities to support children and their families and teachers in these unprecedented times. With the support of Vibha and Umair, the board will seek to build on this momentum to expand the impact of the museum during and beyond the COVID crisis. “


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