Chris Longston

Longston, Chris

Job Title: Director of Technology
Company: Pacific Science Center
Industry: Non-profit
Mentor Since: Fall 2009
Will Mentor: Graduate Students, Undergrad Students

Job Description

Chris is responsible for overseeing the technology needs at Pacific Science Center, including guest facing services, back-office administrative systems and the technical infrastructure.

Company Description

Pacific Science Center ignites curiosity in every child and fuels a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking in all of us. We bring science to life. Our award-winning, interactive programs reach more than 1.1 million people each year – in their communities, classrooms, and on our campus. Pacific Science Center began as the United States Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Millions came to explore the wonders of science during the World’s Fair and upon closing ceremonies, the Science Pavilion was given new life as the private not-for-profit Pacific Science Center, becoming the first U.S. museum founded as a science and technology center. On July 22, 2010 Pacific Science Center was declared a City of Seattle Landmark. On October 22, 2012 Pacific Science Center celebrated making science fun for 50 years.

Employment History

Chris spent 27 years at PACCAR in a variety of executive positions in the US and Europe. He was responsible for developing IT strategies to support business initiatives in sales, marketing, engineering, manufacturing, materials management, finance and after-market support. In 2013, Chris joined Altruist Partners to pursue his passion of working with non-profits to help them magnify the impact of their work. In 2018, he joined the Pacific Science Center in a role that leverages his background with both technology and nonprofits.


MBA - Seattle University
BS - Washington State University

Mentoring Objectives & Scope

I enjoy helping students leverage their Seattle U. degree and plan for their next career steps. Topics I've covered in past years include resume writing/reviews, interviewing, networking, job searches, setting up informational interviews, and tours of various facilities where I've worked. My style in informal and interactive. I expect students to bring their ideas of what they want to accomplish, be proactive in scheduling meetings, and be engaged in the discussion.

When and where do you hold meetings with your students?

Flexible - I work and live in Seattle