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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 math, science, technology, and humanities disciplines.

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 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

NICOLE R. Bellabona, 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:

Jody Fortin

In 2015, Jody joined the Apprenticeship team. Her current role at the Academy is Program Assistant, specifically working with the Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program and the College Qualified Leaders Program. She holds an Associate of Science with a specialty in medical surgical nursing. She has also worked as high school administration working with a diverse population of students.

Pamela Hampton

Pamela is the Manager for the AEOP's Apprenticeship Program reaching out to thousands of high school and college students, teachers, college professors and DoD scientists throughout the U.S. Pamela has 20 years' experience working directly with programs to stimulate the interest of youth in science, engineering, math, technology, and invention. During Pamela's tenure at the Academy, Pamela has held positions as Manager of the NH Young Invention Program and the Navy and Army Science Awards Programs, collaborating with DoD staff, teachers and students of all ages. Contact:

Vanessa Johnson

Vanessa is the Academy's Business Administrator and oversees finance, human resources, and other operations. Her background in both science and finance serves her well as she provides support to our STEM programs. Over a decade of experience working for non-profits has taught her how to position an organization to have meaningful impact towards the mission. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Science in Wildlife Ecology. Contact:

Sara Munro, MPA

Once a practicing research biologist, Sara's work at the Academy focuses on communications and public relations. Through her background in community health, youth services, and housing, she is keenly aware of barriers faced by underserved populations such as poverty, disability, New American status, food insecurity, and homelessness and strives to ensure that all students learn how they may find their own STEM pathway to success. Sara works across Academy programs to manage promotions, social media, press relations, webinar hosting, and special event planning and implementation. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and a Master of Public Administration. 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.


Bob is Founder, former Chairman and CEO, and Member of Board of Directors 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 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 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.


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.


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.