The Invention Pathway: Invention, Higher Ed, and the Innovation Economy

The Invention Pathway featured prominent inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs who have worked tirelessly to solve critical societal problems through their inventions. Participants learned how these inventors have leveraged higher educational experiences to move from idea to product and how universities can use their resources to cultivate inventive minds.

Speakers included:

• Rick Hamilton, Distinguished Engineer, Optum Technology
Electrical engineer, most prolific inventor in IBM’s history, 1992 UT-Austin Alumnus, using advanced tech to help people live healthier lives & make healthcare work better

• Ellie Fini, Co-founder, Bio-Adhesive Alliance Inc
Civil engineer, Winner of multiple SBIR/STTR grants, converts waste materials into sustainable asphalt-binding bio-adhesive

• Sanna Gaspard, CEO, Rubitection, Inc.
Biomedical engineer, medical device startup owner solving using optical technology to detect deadly bedsores early

• Invention Duo Diana Yousef and Huda Elasaad, change:Water Labs
Woman-founded, cleantech startup expanding access to safe water and sanitation in the developing world through disruptive innovations

• Michele Ostraat, Downstream Research Center Leader, Aramco Research Center – Boston
Chemical engineer, translates materials discovery into commercial opportunities for diverse technologies

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