News Releases
April 20, 2017

The Lemelson Foundation, the world’s leading funder of invention in service of social and economic change, has hired Cindy Cooper to serve as program officer leading its higher education and U.S. entrepreneurship work. Cooper will significantly increase the Foundation's capacity to build ecosystems that support young inventor entrepreneurs in the United States and developing countries.

News Releases
March 24, 2017

2016 Award winner DrinkWell announces new initiative to reach 20 million people with safe water

Washington, DC– Chicago-based company SiNode Systems has won this year’s Sustainable Practice Impact Award to honor a company that develops clean technologies, implements sustainable practices, or provides exceptional educational opportunities to university students. The award will be presented during a luncheon on Saturday, March 25th in Washington, DC as part of VentureWell’s annual Open conference.

News Releases
March 22, 2017

Nonprofit has helped 750+ young entrepreneurs start invention-based businesses.

Washington, DC – Skin patches that prevent ulcers. Devices that degrade crop pesticides and make them safe to handle. A smart app that monitors water usage in notoriously dry parts of the world. These are all products developed by student entrepreneurs being featured at this year’s Open Conference in Washington, DC. VentureWell, a not-for-profit organization that supports student inventors and entrepreneurs, will host the conference on March 23-25 at the Hyatt Regency Washington.

News Releases
January 9, 2017

Portland, OR – January 9, 2017 – The Lemelson Foundation, the world’s leading funder of invention in service of social and economic change, today announced that it has added Juliana Rotich to its Advisory Committee and hired Pam Kahl as communications officer. These two additions mark expansion of the Foundation’s strategic leadership. 

News Releases
June 1, 2016

1 June 2016 – First piloted in 2013, The AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Program has served as a platform for inventors to demonstrate their role as change agents in society and as problem solvers.  Since its inception, there have been two classes and 14 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 2016-2017 Class of Invention Ambassadors who will:      

  • Inspire a new and diverse generation of inventors dedicated to solving difficult global challenge.
  • Inform on the components needed to create inventions that sustainably solve global problem
  • Influence policy makers, thought leaders & public 
News Releases
May 24, 2016

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 24, 2016 – The Lemelson-MIT Program today announced the hire of Dr. Stephanie Couch as executive director of the Lemelson-MIT Program. Couch brings 16 years of experience in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education policy, research, development and deployment and strategic fundraising. In her new role, she will oversee the development and growth of partnerships and guide Lemelson-MIT’s prestigious invention award and grant programs. 

News Releases
May 18, 2016

The Lemelson Foundation, Intel Sponsor Middle and High School Engineering and Science Competition

Portland, OR—May 18, 2016—More than 350 young inventors from five school districts in Portland Metro and Salem will show their mettle as prospective future engineers, inventors, and scientists during the Oregon MESA Day Middle and High School Engineering and Science competition.  The one-day event will take place at Portland State University’s Smith Memorial Ballroom on Friday, May 20 from 9:30am to 2:00 p.m

News Releases
May 10, 2016

Portland, OR – May 10, 2016 – The Lemelson Foundation, the world’s leading funder of invention in service of social and economic change, today announced it will add three new members to its Advisory Committee.


The new advisors are: Mir Imran, the founder of InCube Labs and a respected healthcare entrepreneur and inventor; Kara Miller, the host and executive editor of Public Radio International’s Innovation Hub; and Richard K. Miller, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and President of Olin College of Engineering

News Releases
May 5, 2016

Rensselaer receives $500,000 gift from The Lemelson Foundation to honor and memorialize legendary teacher and mentor with state-of-the-art studio for student inventors and entrepreneurs


Troy, NY – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) President Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., has announced that the Institute has received a significant gift from The Lemelson Foundation to establish the Burt Swersey Inventor’s Studio, reinforcing the next generation of inventors and entrepreneurs. The studio will be formerly dedicated on Friday, May 6, beginning at 1:30 p.m. on the Rensselaer campus.

News Releases
April 12, 2016

Students recognized for inventive solutions to challenges in health care, transportation, food and agriculture, and consumer devices

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 12, 2016 – The Lemelson-MIT Program today announced the winners of the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize, a nationwide search for the most inventive college students. The Lemelson-MIT Program awarded $90,000 in prizes to collegiate inventors. Each winning team of undergraduates received $10,000, and each graduate student winner received $15,000. The winners of this year’s competition were selected from a diverse and highly-competitive applicant pool of students from 77 colleges and universities across the country.

News Releases
February 25, 2016

Free Invention Activity Guides Available to Educators Nationwide to Bring Hands-on Learning to the Classroom

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., February 25, 2016 – The Lemelson–MIT Program announced today the expansion of the Junior Varsity (JV) InvenTeam™ initiative, adding California to its geographic line up of student teams in Massachusetts, Oregon and Texas. The initiative launched in 2014 and equips educators with invention-based activity guides, materials and tools to enhance science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education through hands-on skill building. JV InvenTeam activity guides are available for any educator to download here