News You Can Use

Feb 2021
Like many other organizations and individuals, the Covid19 environment has effected our group as well. Our organization is dependent on membership dues to pay our bills. Since we cannot meet in person as a group until this health threat is beaten down, our membership funds are getting quite skinny. Butwe are a resilient group of uberspiffilatious inventors who are determined to keep our organization afloat during this pandemic! Inventors are stepping up to the plate, offering their talents, skills and spare time to help us bridge until we get our membership momentum rolling strong again. In the coming weeks, we may be reaching out to more individual IAA members to help in small ways. Collectively, this makes a huge difference in keeping us rolling! Thanks to all, we will build the bridge we need!
In the meantime, we have added a DONATION BUTTON to our website at, and we thank Randy dela Fuente for donating his website skills in creating this for us. Similar to the concept of crowd-funding, small donations add up quickly to help us pay our bills and continue to function. We only have a few months to go before we beat this Covid beast down, so if you can donate $5, $10 or whatever works for you, it will truly help bridge the gap for us to continue serving our community. In advance, thank you for always being there to support us!
Warren Tuttle’s new book, Inventor Confidential, will be available on Amazon on March 23rd. We congratulate Warren and look forward to the no-nonsense wealth of information that will be shared. Thanks, Warren, for supporting inventors across the country!
Dr. Aprille Ericsson was the first woman (and the first African American woman) to receive a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Howard University and the first African American woman to receive a Ph.D. in engineering as a civil servant at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. As New Business Lead for the NASA GSFC Instrument Systems and Technology Division, she seeks to foster government partnerships that enable industry and small businesses to collaborate with universities to solve strategic R&D challenges faced by United States government agencies. She holds one patent.
Dr. Ayanna Howard is the founder and Chief Technology Officer of Zyrobotics, a company that uses machine learning and robots to make educational toys for kids, with a particular emphasis on helping those with special needs. In addition, Howard is a professor at Georgia Tech, specializing in the intersection of machine learning and robotics. She holds three patents.
Dr. Arlyne Simon is a biomedical engineer at Intel’s Health and Life Science business unit and the author of the Abby Invents picture book series. Eager to inspire more girls to become inventors, Simon founded a multicultural children’s products company called Timouns. To date, Timouns has reached more than 3,500 future inventors. She holds two patents.
For more information, or to ask questions about the program, email [email protected].
Our Keynote Speaker Series will resume in March, so stay tuned for the topic and speaker announcement coming soon. Also, we will hold our Members-only virtual meeting on the THIRD Wed this month, which is Feb 17th. We hope all members will attend, as we will include a discussion about ideas to re-invent our organization to adapt to the changing times.
Questions? Send email to Laura at [email protected]