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