About the AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Program


The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and The Lemelson Foundation have joined forces to create the AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Program designed to celebrate and highlight the importance of invention and inventors.

Through our partnership, we strive to help cultivate a new and diverse generation of inventors and increase global understanding of the role of invention in creating new products and building new businesses, and the importance of inventors and invention education in building economies and fostering innovation.

Understanding the need for invention, the knowledge that invention helps to create and the dual and complementary roles of invention and innovation for 21st century public problem solving is critical–every aspect of our problem solving requirements must be considered and acted upon including talent creation; the skill-set, aspirations and inspiration from our inventors; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) basic research; and the innovation ecosystem.

VISION
To showcase the human face of inventors in order to inspire, inform and influence thought leaders and global communities.

GOALS

  • Celebrate and highlight the importance of invention and inventors.
  • Increase societies’ understanding of the critical role of invention in improving our quality of life.
  • Get more people excited about supporting or becoming inventors.
  • Help cultivate a new and diverse generation of inventors.
  • Increase global understanding of the role of invention, inventors and invention education and the need for a robust invention ecosystem in building economies and fostering innovation.
  • Heighten awareness of invention’s vital role in addressing the global challenges of our time.
  • Celebrate inventors who insist on improving and sustaining our earth’s environment.

To best meet the goals and objectives of the program, AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors concentrate their efforts on:
1. Influencing and informing public policy, including but not limited to federal and university policies
2. Highlighting the importance of and necessary ingredients for creating/inspiring talent.

These are accomplished through :
1. Events, such as conferences, workshops, Ambassadors talks
2. Products, such as articles and videos
 

HIGHLIGHTS
The inaugural class of Invention Ambassadors were selected in June 2014:
Karen Burg, Kansas State University
Rory Cooper, University of Pittsburgh
Sorin Grama, Promethean Power Systems
Paul Sanberg, University of South Florida
Steve Sasson, Kodak (retired)
Paul Stamets, Fungi Perfecti
Vinod Veedu, Oceanit Laboratories

The 2015-2016 Invention Ambassadors were selected in June 2015:
Lisa Secat DeLuca, IBM
Juan Gilbert, University of Florida
Jay Harman, PAX Scientific
Andrew Hessel, Autodesk
Suzie Pun, University of Washington
Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Rice University
Michael Smith, Intel

Invention Ambassadors speaking engagements have been held at the following venues:

  • AAAS Annual Meeting 2015
  • AAAS, Celebrate Invention 2014 and 2015
  • IBM Almaden Research Center
  • National Academy of Inventors Annual Conference
  • National Academies of Science
  • SBIR/STTR National Conference
  • Thomas Edison National Historical Park
  • VentureWell OPEN 2015 Conference

MEET THE TEAM

AAAS/Lemelson Staff - click here to learn more

  • Yolanda L. Comedy - Director, AAAS Center for Advancing Science & Engineering Capacity
  • Hasna Soulhi Ross - Sr. Program Associate, AAAS Center for Advancing Science & Engineering Capacity
  • Neela White - Program Manager, AAAS Center for Advancing Science & Engineering Capacity
  • Alexander Nicholas - Program Officer, The Lemelson Foundation

Working Group - click here to learn more

  • Richard Chan - Managing Partner, Decix Technologies
  • Elizabeth Dougherty - Acting Deputy Director, Office of Patent Legal Administration, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
  • Sabira Mohamed - Technology Supervisor
  • Magdalena Navarro - International Affairs Officer, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Alexander Nicholas (Liasion) - Program Officer, The Lemelson Foundation
  • G. Nagesh Rao - Multidisciplinary Uber-Nerd
  • Rieko Yajima - Associate Program Director, Research Competitiveness Program, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)