Johannes Goebel joined Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2002 as the founding director of the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC). He came to Rensselaer at the beginning of the design process for EMPAC to ensure architects and consultants would meet the vision of the building as an optimal bridge between the physical world of human experience and interaction and the potential of the digital domain. Parallel to the design and construction of the building, he developed the program of EMPAC by building the curatorial, production and operational teams, and initializing the artistic and research productions, residencies, and events. Between 1990 and 2002 he was the founding director of the Institute for Music and Acoustics at the Center for Art and Media ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany. Goebel served as a 2014 Center LOI Panelist in Performance.