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AAAS and The Lemelson Foundation announce the 2017 – 2018 Class of Invention Ambassadors

First piloted in 2013, The AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Program has built a community of Invention Ambassadors who are empowered to discuss the importance of invention in bettering our quality of life and building strong economies.  Prior to the newly selected class there have been three cohorts and 24 Ambassadors selected that meet the program’s’ vision to “showcase the human face of inventors in order to inspire, inform and influence thought leaders and global community.”

Today we announce the 2017 - 2018 Class of Invention Ambassadors who will:

Inspire a new and diverse generation of inventors dedicated to solving difficult global challenges

Inform on the components needed to create inventions that sustainably solve global problems

Influence policymakers, thought leaders and the public


 Meet the 2017 - 2018 Invention Ambassadors

Luis Almodovar    
Co-Founder of Ergosuture Corp., and Director of the Neuro-Oncology Service, HIMA San Pablo Hospital

Elaine Chen            
Founder and Managing Director of ConceptSpring, Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship 

Huda Elasaad & Diana Yousef
Elasaad – Chief Technology Officer of change:Water Labs, Inc; Yousef – Founder and Chief Executive Officer, change:Water Labs, Inc.

Ellie Fini
Co-founder of Bio-Adhesive Alliance Inc., and director of the sustainable infrastructure materials lab, Associate Professor, J. W. Fulbright Scholar at North Carolina A&T State University

Sanna Gaspard
Chief Executive Officer, Rubitection, Inc.; and Chief Executive Officer, TlneoCare, LLC.

Jason Kang
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Kinnos, Inc.

Michele Ostraat
Downstream Research Center Leader, Aramco Research Center - Boston

This diverse group of Invention Ambassadors draws from various backgrounds, research areas and  sectors. This new class brings the total number of AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors to 31 who together hold over 1,400 patents. 

AAAS and The Lemelson Foundation will welcome and celebrate the 2017-2018 Ambassadors at “Celebrate Invention” on July 20th, where the Invention Ambassadors will join together at AAAS to share their stories as inventors, introduce their inventions and their invention’s impact in solving global problems.