EXPERTS CONCERNED FOR THE FUTURE OF
INVENTION AND INNOVATION IN AMERICA
New Report Cites Need to Foster Invention
Among Education, Business and Government Sectors
Washington, DC — The United States cannot take its
position as the world leader of invention for granted, according
to a new report by the Lemelson-MIT Program with funding from the
National Science Foundation. Authored by some of the nation’s
leading experts on invention, the report asserts that important
sectors—including government, business and education—must
actively foster inventiveness to safeguard the United State’s
innovative edge in an increasingly competitive global market.
The Lemelson-MIT Program report, INVENTION: Enhancing inventiveness
for quality of life, competitiveness and sustainability will
be released on Wednesday, April 21 at noon at the National Press
Club. The report will be presented for review and discussion at
an Invention Assembly on Friday, April 23, at the National Academy
"It is increasingly possible and important today to leverage
human ingenuity in the best interests of this nation and its people,"
said Merton C. Flemings, chair of the committee that produced the
report. "The goal of our year-long investigation and Invention
Assembly is to develop a multidisciplinary understanding of inventive
ingenuity, of how it can be fostered in our youth, and how it can
be applied to solving problems of our times."
The Invention Assembly will be a day-long conference featuring
leading academics, decision makers and businesspeople who have examined
the topic of invention from the perspectives of history, cognitive
science, education, intellectual property law and sustainable development.
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Opening remarks from William Wulf, President of the National Academy
of Engineering, and Joseph Bordogna, Deputy Director of the National
Other speakers include: Merritt Roe Smith (Massachusetts Institute
of Technology), David Perkins (Harvard University), Sheri Shepard
(Stanford University), Mark B. Myers (University of Pennsylvania),
Julia Marton-Lefèvre (LEAD International), and Merton Flemings
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
An afternoon panel discussion will feature: Charles M. Vest (MIT),
Paul Horn (IBM), Jane Alexander (Dept. of Homeland Security) and
Friday, April 23, 8:30 AM EDT – 3:15 PM EDT
Continental breakfast and registration begin at 8:30 a.m.
The program will conclude by 3:15 p.m., following a period for audience
comments and questions and summary of next steps.
National Academy of Sciences
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20418
Each year, the Lemelson-MIT awards program honors both established
and rising inventors, for their ingenuity, creativity and contribution
to American invention. This year’s Lemelson-MIT Awards Ceremony
will take place on the evening of Friday, April 23rd at the National
Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. The awards ceremony will
serve as the capstone to the Invention Assembly and will honor the
2004 winners of the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize and the $100,000
Lemelson-MIT Lifetime Achievement Award.
ABOUT THE LEMELSON-MIT PROGRAM
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the Lemelson-MIT Program
aims to raise the stature of inventors and provide resources and
inspiration to make invention and innovation more accessible to
today's youth. It accomplishes this mission through outreach activities
and annual awards, including the world's largest prize for invention—the
$500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize.
Jerome H. Lemelson, one of the world's most prolific inventors,
and his wife, Dorothy, founded the Lemelson-MIT Program in 1994
at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It is funded by The
Lemelson Foundation, a private philanthropy committed to honoring
the contributions of inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs, and
to inspiring ingenuity in others. More information on the Lemelson-MIT
Program is online at http://web.mit.edu/invent.
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