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To stimulate invention, innovation and other creative endeavors.

To promote the interest of youth in the applied sciences.

To recognize and reward significant innovative achievements.

To disseminate results of scientific research and studies.

To provide a
forum conducive to construction, exploration, discussion and debate affecting the scientific, legal and educational communities

Meet Our People

The Academy is recognized nationally as an educational resource center offering enrichment programs for students, and professional development for teachers and educational administrators. The Academy honors learners of all ages, striving to encourage inventive thinking, productive research and talent development in the disciplines of math, science and the humanities.

The Academy's youth science activities annually reach over 20,000 elementary, middle school, high school and undergraduate students nationwide. These activities include sponsorship of the Young Inventors' Program® , the administration of the national Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS), and the AEOP's Apprenticeship Programs, which take place in Army labs and universities nationwide.

The membership of the Academy consists primarily of entrepreneurs, inventors, industrial and intellectual property lawyers, businesspersons, educators and others concerned with innovation and furthering the service of technology and applied science. Individuals become members of the Academy through nomination by current members.

The Academy is administered by its officers, directors and advisory board.

The Academy Staff

sheila avery

Sheila is the Program Director for the College and Qualified Leaders (CQL) program and the Science and Engineering Program (SEAP). Her background includes experience in healthcare insurance administration and customer service. Contact:

Doris Cousens

Doris directs the JSHS (Junior Science & Humanities Symposia) Program. Doris has more than 25 years of experience in youth education and program administration. Contact:

Pamela Hampton

Pamela provides leadership to the AEOP's Apprenticeship Program. Pamela also serves as co-director of the Research and Engineering Apprenticeship Program, an Army high school program for the underserved population. Pamela has been with the academy for over 15 years working with teachers and students from grades K - 12. Contact:

Nicole R. MacMillan, M.Ed.

Nicole joins the Academy as Director of the Young Inventors Program because she strongly believes in the power of experiential and project-based learning in the classroom and the importance of introducing the basic principles of design thinking to young learners. Her interest in progressive education practices stems from her experience interfacing with the workforce community and understanding their needs, as well as her background connecting education and career goals for students. Nicole received her Masters in Education from UNH with a focus on experiential learning. She received her Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) training from the National Career Development Association and has over 10 years of work specifically in the field of Career Development for institutions of higher education. Her work with students spans over the past 15 years in a variety of roles teaching, facilitating and designing internship programs and counseling students about their academic and career decision-making. She has also taught courses online and in the classroom, including 8th grade Reading and Language Arts, as well as coursework at the college level. Most recently, she worked with STEM students teaching coursework to help them with their career decision-making and connecting them with jobs and internships. She was a driving force for instituting the EPIC (Elementary Program Introducing Computing) and was named 2015 Volunteer of the Year for her work with FIRST Robotics. She is committed to helping integrate hands-on STEM learning into the classroom. Contact:

Irene O'Mara

Irene (Renie) is the Program Director for REAP (The Research and Engineering Program) and has more than 30 years of program administration experience. Renie also serves as Treasurer of the Academy. Contact:

Catherine Trojano

Catherine (Kate) is the Academy’s Business Administrator and serves as the Deputy Director of the JSHS (Junior Science & Humanities Symposia) Program. Kate has worked in business administration for more than 30 years and has nearly 20 years of program administration experience. Contact:

Our Board of Directors:

Sheldon Apsell, CEO & Chairman of the Board

Dr. Sheldon Apsell co-founded MicroLogic, Inc. in 1977 and served as its Chief Executive Officer, President and Chief Technology Architect. Dr. Apsell was responsible for both executive management of MicroLogic and the technical innovation for which it had become known. Dr. Apsell also created the iSite system for the monitoring and management of fleets of construction equipment dispersed throughout the world. Dr. Apsell is a successful entrepreneur with over 30 years' experience as an entrepreneur, having founded several leading Massachusetts based technology companies. He co-founded Kronos, Inc. which is now a publicly traded company. His other commercial successes include the development of LoJack, the industry standard for stolen vehicle recovery systems, and Lifeline, a personal emergency response system. He served as the Director of Product Development at Aritech Corporation and developing and introducing to the alarm industry the first sensor independent multiplex system at Eikonix, where he was the Senior Staff Scientist. Dr. Apsell has brought to market some 50 consumer and industrial products. He serves as the Chairman of MicroLogic, Inc. Dr. Apsell has made significant, lasting contributions to the scientific community with 15 US Patents, most notably anti-theft devices (Patent numbers 7319378, 4206449, 4908629, 4818998) and alarm systems (4321592, 4206449). Dr. Apsell is a world-class Physicist and is widely recognized through his research and work in technology, national security and business. He is an MIT Graduate with a Ph.D. in Physics from Brandeis University.

Robert DiMatteo

Bob is the founder, CEO and Chairman of MTPV Power Sources. MTPV Corporation was established to continue research, development, and commercialization of his innovations in Micron-gap ThermalPhotoVoltaics technology (MTPV).  Bob and his team founded the field of MTPV, a means of directly converting heat or sunlight to electricity, based on their pioneering work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Toby Kusmer

Toby is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is based in the Firm's Boston office. He focuses his practice on all aspects of intellectual property law, both U.S. and international.

Joanne Hayes-Rines, President

Joanne is President of the Academy, was publisher and editor of Inventors Digest magazine, and President of the United Inventors Association of the United States of America. Joanne is active in informing the invention community about proposed changes in the U.S. patent system and has been instrumental in rallying inventors to speak up and make their voices heard in Congress.

James Milliken

Jim is a graduate of the Whittemore School of Business, University of New Hampshire, and is a financial advisor with Modern Woodmen, a fraternal organization. Jim is very active in outreach in the New Hampshire community.

Subhash Minocha

Subash is a Professor of Plant Biology and Genetics at the University of New Hampshire. In addition to the research in his laboratory, he teaches in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture and is also involved in a number of outreach science educational programs.

Ralph Rodriguez

Ralph Rodriguez is CEO and Founder of Delfigo, conducting research at MIT and located in Boston, Massachusetts. As an entrepreneur, Ralph has started several companies including in 2003, Invenio and New Technologies and Associates in 1993. Prior roles include Principal Strategy Consultant and Director of IT for Treacy & Company (a management-consulting firm, led by Dr. Michael E. Treacy, co-author of the best selling, The Discipline of Market Leaders and author of Double-Digit Growth: How Great Companies Achieve It - No Matter What). Ralph is currently a Fellow at Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).