Curator & Senior Manager
As Curator and Senior Manager at the Computer History Museum, Alex Bochannek leads a team of curators to continue the Museum’s decades-long endeavor to build a cohesive, world-class collection. He conducts research and interprets computing history for the Museum's exhibitions, public programs, and for publication.
He joined CHM's curatorial staff in 2007 to create the Museum's permanent exhibition “Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing." His association with the Museum began in 1997 as a volunteer, filling a number of roles including Senior Docent and eventually Volunteer Steering Committee Chair.
Born and raised in Berlin, Germany, Alex studied at the Technical University Berlin. He came to California in 1993 while working for Cisco Systems. Since then he held numerous IT, engineering, and management positions at several companies, including at PDI/DreamWorks during the production of the movie Shrek 2.
Alex's interests in computing history are broad and arose in the mid-1980s. He investigates complex technical, business, cultural, and societal changes related to computing. This includes areas as diverse as the computing developments outside the United States, especially in Central and Eastern Europe, the histories of analog and non-electronic computing, software engineering and computer science, and military, industrial, and business applications.
He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), IEEE and the IEEE Computer Society, the Society for Modeling & Simulation International (SCS), the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), and the Gesellschaft für Technikgeschichte (GTG).