News Releases

News Releases
January 6, 2015

2015 is an important year for The Lemelson Foundation. It has been 20 years since our founders, the prolific inventor Jerome Lemelson and his wife Dorothy, mapped out their vision for a world where inventors and their inventions improve lives. As we pause to reflect on two decades of philanthropic work, we have much to celebrate and even more to learn. Over the next year we intend to mark our 20th anniversary with a mix of big ideas, shared learnings, and inspiring stories about the incredible work of our grantees. We also want to show how Jerome and Dorothy’s original vision together with the ongoing vision of the Lemelson family continues to shape the future of invention and inspire the work of the Foundation and our partners.

News Releases
December 23, 2014

The Lemelson Foundation seeks a strategic, results-oriented leader for a new Deputy Director role. The Deputy Director will be an integral part of the close-knit leadership team, including the CFAO and Executive Director, providing support and direction on issues that cut across the Foundation’s priorities and are of high importance to the overall strategy.

News Releases
November 24, 2014

The Foundation is seeking a strategic Program Officer that believes in improving lives through invention and has a genuine interest in contributing to a culture of collaboration, learning, and innovation. The ideal candidate is passionate, curious, and wholly dedicated to creating scaled impact on the lives of the most vulnerable worldwide. Moreover, s/he is committed to sustainable development in alignment with the Foundation's priority to support businesses that consider both their environmental and social impact.

News Releases
November 4, 2014

The Foundation is seeking a strategic Program Officer that believes in improving lives through invention and has a genuine interest in contributing to a culture of collaboration, learning, and innovation. The ideal candidate is passionate, curious, and wholly dedicated to creating scaled impact on the lives of the most vulnerable worldwide. Moreover, s/he is committed to sustainable development in alignment with the Foundation's priority to support businesses that consider both their environmental and social impact.

News Releases
June 18, 2014

The Lemelson Foundation, the world’s leading funder of invention in service of social and economic change, today announced it will play a founding role in the establishment of a first-of-its-kind professional engineering and prototyping space in Nairobi, Kenya. The initiative, called Gearbox, will cater to scalable, invention-based enterprises aiming to prototype and manufacture world-class products that address the needs of underserved Africans.

News Releases
April 9, 2014

The Lemelson-MIT Program today announced winners of the Lemelson-MIT National Collegiate Student Prize Competition (NCSPC), a nationwide search for the most inventive undergraduate and graduate students. The Lemelson-MIT Program awarded $50,000 in prizes, with winning undergraduate teams receiving $10,000 in two categories and graduate student winners receiving $15,000 in two categories. The winners of this year’s competition were selected from a diverse and highly competitive applicant pool of students spanning 26 schools across the country.

News Releases
September 18, 2013

The Lemelson-MIT Program today announced the expansion of its prestigious Collegiate Student Prize program to the Lemelson-MIT National Collegiate Student Prize Competition, a nationwide search for the most inventive undergraduate and graduate students. The Lemelson-MIT Program will award $50,000 in prizes this year, with winning undergraduate teams receiving $10,000 in two categories and graduate student winners receiving $15,000 in two categories.

News Releases
July 16, 2013

The Lemelson-MIT Program will launch a Junior Varsity (JV) InvenTeam Initiative in Spring 2014, offering an unparalleled opportunity for underserved and underrepresented students in grades 9 and 10 to develop skills through prescribed design challenges.  Further, students will practice inventive thinking by applying those new skills to create useful and unique products. 

News Releases
June 20, 2013

The MESA USA National Engineering Design Competition will kick off its 13th annual event Friday, June 21, 2013. Hosted by Lemelson Foundation partners Oregon MESA, the competition brings together the top 72 student inventors from across the nation to showcase their prototype solutions to a real-world problem. This year, students are using inventions to help address the unavailability of low-cost prosthetic arms for young amputees in developing countries.

News Releases
May 1, 2013

Our partners at the Lemelson-MIT Program today announced Rebecca Richards-Kortum and Maria Oden as the joint recipients of the 2013 $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation in recognition of their work in developing inventions -- in collaboration with their university students at Rice University -- that improve access to health innovations for the world's poorest communities.

News Releases
June 5, 2012

Congratulations to prolific inventor Dr. Stephen Quake, recipient of the 2012 $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize. An adventurer at heart, Quake relishes in the adrenaline that comes from mountain biking and ski mountaineering. It is that same rush he gets from exploring the unknown that drives him to consistently push scientific limits.

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