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The United States Patent & Trademark Office Celebrates Black History Month on February 10th

On February 10, the USPTO presents the “Three Contemporary Black Women Inventors” online event in celebration of Black History Month.  The event spotlights three contemporary black women inventors: Aprille Ericsson, Ayanna Howard and Arlyne Simon.

Dr. Aprille Ericsson was the first woman (and 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.  She holds one US patent.

Dr. Ayanna Howard is the founder and Chief Technology Officer of Zyrobotics, a company that uses machine learning and robotics to make educational toys for children, with a particular emphasis on helping children with special needs.  She is also a professor at Georgia Tech, specializing in the intersection of machine learning and robotics.  She holds three US patents.

Dr. Arlyne Simon is a biomedical engineer at Intel’s Health and Life Sciences business unit and the author of the “Abby Invents” picture book series.  She founded a multicultural children’s products company called Timouns, to inspire more girls to become inventors.  To date, Timouns has reached more than 3,500 potential inventors.  She holds two US patents.

Slots are limited, so register today for this free special event by clicking HERE!

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