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 announced in June 2014:
Karen Burg, University of Georgia
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 announced 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

The 2016-2017 Invention Ambassadors were announced on June 1, 2016
Aaron Baughman, IBM
Bertrand Cambou, Northern Arizona University
Eric Fossum, Dartmouth
Rick Hamilton, IBM
Ayanna Howard, Georgia Tech University and Zyrobotics
Benjamin Hsiao, Stony Brook University
Anthony Mulligan, Hydronalix, Inc.
Maria Oden, Rice University
Louie Schwartzberg, Moving Art
John Warner, Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, LLC

The 2017-2018 Invention Ambassadors were announced on June 1, 2017
Luis Almodovar, Ergosuture Corp.; HIMA San Pablo Hospital; University of Puerto Rico's Comprehensive Cancer Center
Elaine Chen, ConceptSpring; MIT Sloan School of Management
Huda Elasaad and Diana Yousef, change:Water Labs, Inc.
Ellie Fini, North Carolina A&T University
Sanna Gaspard, Rubitection, Inc.
Jason Kang, Kinnos, Inc.
Michele Ostraat, Aramco Research Center

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

  • AAAS Annual Meeting 2015, 2016, 2017
  • AAAS, Celebrate Invention 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Columbia Heights Education Campus
  • Congressional Panel on the America COMPETES Act
  • IBM Almaden Research Center
  • IBM Global Academy of Technology
  • Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation
  • Morgan State University
  • National Academy of Inventors Annual Conference 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • National Academies of Science
  • National Institutes of Standards and Technology
  • Small Business Administration
  • Smithsonian Innovation Festival
  • SBIR/STTR National Conference 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Thomas Edison National Historical Park 2015, 2016, 2017
  • University of Florida
  • US Patent and Trademark Office
  • 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
  • Neela White - Senior Program Associate, AAAS Center for Advancing Science & Engineering Capacity
  • Ysabel Woody - Senior Program Associate, AAAS Center for Advancing Science & Engineering Capacity
  • Pam Kahl - Program Officer, The Lemelson Foundation

AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador Selection Committee

  • Richard Chan, Decix Technologies
  • Yolanda Comedy, AAAS
  • Michael Cheetham, NIH National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
  • Elizabeth Dougherty, United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Pam Kahl, The Lemelson Foundation
  • Magdalena Navarro, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • G. Nagesh Rao, Small Business Administration
  • Dione Rossiter, Carnegie Foundation
  • Neela White, AAAS
  • Ysabel Woody, AAAS
  • Rieko Yajima, Stanford University Design School