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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

Tina White
Director, Northern New England Young Inventors' Program

Tina has dedicated her career to educational non-profit organizations, directing college access and STEM programs for students in grades K-12. She is inspired by those who seek to learn for the sake of learning and is an advocate for educational equity. A graduate of Brown University, much of Tina's work has focused on supporting under-represented students. Prior to her current position of director of YIP, Tina joined the Academy as the Assistant Director of the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) program, sponsored by the US Army, Navy and Air Force. Through this premiere national STEM competition for students and teachers from across the US, Puerto Rico and the DoDDS Schools of Europe and the Pacific, she provided platforms for networking, career exploration and professional-development, and steered 21st century skill development to prepare students for undergraduate and graduate pursuits. Tina's path as an educator began with her service as an AmeriCorps*VISTA for Campus Compact of New Hampshire. She then joined Breakthrough Manchester at The Derryfield School where she served as administrator and College Bound Coordinator for eleven years, in addition to teaching upper school environmental science electives, academic advising and coaching. She continued to support elementary age students in underserved schools as an Impact Manager at City Year New Hampshire. In these roles, Tina trained professional and pre-professional teachers, designed curriculum, provided college counseling to families, and managed operations of a non-profit organization.

In addition to her professional work, Tina volunteers around her community and teaches skiing as a PSIA certified instructor. She enjoys spending her free time with her family, running and playing in the beautiful outdoors of New Hampshire.

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.