Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Come hear from Dr. James West, inventor of the electret microphone used in over 90 percent of today’s electronics, and Ellington West, entrepreneur and CEO of Sonavi Labs. Bring questions to ask, or just enjoy learning about how an inventor works and what it takes to succeed as an innovator and entrepreneur!
An inventor with over 60 U.S. patents, Jim West started his career at Bell Laboratories, where he worked his way up from technical aide to a high-ranking Bell Labs Fellow. Since retiring from Bell Labs in 2001, Jim has continued to carry out research and invent new technologies for sound recording and transmission at Johns Hopkins University. A well-known advocate for invention education and opportunities for minority youth, Jim has received numerous medals and prizes, including induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1999.
Ellington West leads Sonavi Labs, a company developing modern medical products that analyze body sounds to diagnose disease. Physicians have listened to the body to determine health using their ears and simple stethoscopes for centuries. Sonavi Labs is launching new digital stethoscopes that incorporate artificial intelligence technology to dramatically enhance sound fidelity and automatically detect lung sound abnormalities.
The program will be moderated by Monica Smith, Head of Exhibitions and Interpretation for the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.
Innovative Lives programs bring audiences of all ages and backgrounds face-to-face with inventors and innovation leaders. Invited speakers share the stories behind their breakthroughs, their process of developing ideas and technologies, and how they deal with failure and find pathways to success, all while framing a discussion around how to participate in innovation.
The program will be followed by a reception and invention challenges in the museum’s Draper Spark!Lab, a hands-on invention space for kids of all ages.
Venue: American History Museum
Event Location: 1st Floor, West Wing
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Accessibility: ASL-interpreted program
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