The Orange Coast College Planetarium is operate by a dedicated crew of administrators, hourly staff, and student workers. It is our goal to provide a fun and educational experience to everyone who comes aboard for a cruise among the stars.
Scott A Mitchell
Scott Mitchell is the only full-time member of the Planetarium Crew, overseeing day-to-day operations including exhibit design, scheduling, outreach, and programming. Scott received a BS in Physics and an MEng in Engineering Physics, concentrating in astronomy and aerospace engineering, from the University of Maine. As a sophomore in 2012 he started at the Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium on the UMaine campus, and was the senior presenter when it was relocated to the new Emera Astronomy Center in 2014. He was made Assistant Director in 2015, and upon the completion of his Master's was hired as the first Director of the OCC Planetarium where he oversaw the completion and opening of the facility in March 2019
Scott enjoys generating excitement in space and science and tries to include at least a couple laughs into all of his presentations. As a child he always wanted to become the captain of a starship, and until Warp Drive is invented in 2063, the planetarium is one of the best ways to visit the stars.
The planetarium hires student workers to operate the ticket counter, gift shop, guide guests in the exhibit hall, and conduct planetarium shows for groups of all ages.
(staff profiles coming soon)