Florida Inventors

Hall of Fame



Nominations are now being accepted for the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame.
The deadline for nominations is June 2, 2014.
  Honorees will be selected by a Selection Committee comprised of distinguished leaders in Florida.  Inventors elected to the Hall of Fame will be inducted at the First Annual Florida Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Gala, to be held on the evening of September 10, 2014, at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
  For nomination instructions and criteria please visit our nominate section.

About the Hall of Fame

The Florida Inventors Hall of Fame honors and celebrates those inventors whose achievements have advanced the quality of life for Floridians, our state and our nation.

The Florida Inventors Hall of Fame encourages individuals of all ages and backgrounds to strive toward the betterment of Florida and society through continuous, groundbreaking innovation. By commending the incredible scientific work being accomplished in the state of Florida, our state will attract interest, funding, and further the growth of our innovation sector. The Florida Inventors Hall of Fame, located at the University of South Florida, Tampa, is now in its inaugural year.

The Advisory Board of the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame is comprised of outstanding, eclectic leaders and inventors from public corporations, private businesses, research universities, nonprofit institutes, governmental agencies, and other areas.

Honorees are selected annually through a nomination process open to all inventors in the State of Florida. The nominations are reviewed by a Selection Committee made up of distinguished experts in relevant fields of innovation. Nominees elected to the Hall of Fame are inducted at an annual ceremony, where their achievements will be honored and their influence on society acknowledged and celebrated. The first induction ceremony will be held in 2014.

"To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk."

Thomas A. Edison

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board of the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame is comprised of outstanding, eclectic leaders and inventors from public corporations, private businesses, research universities, nonprofit institutes, governmental agencies, and other areas.


 
Name Affiliation
Randy E. Berridge, President Florida High Tech Corridor Council
Jeffrey P. Brandes, Senator Florida Senate, 22nd District
Curtis R. Carlson, President & CEO SRI International
Kathy Castor, Congresswoman Florida’s 14th Congressional District
Anthony James Catanese, President Florida Institute of Technology
Jonathan M. Ellen, President & Physician-in-Chief All Children’s Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine
Margaret Focarino, U.S. Commissioner for Patents U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Kenneth Ford, Founder & CEO Institute of Human & Machine Cognition
Judy Genshaft, President University of South Florida System
William Scott Green, Senior Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education University of Miami
John Hitt, President University of Central Florida
Richard A. Houghten, Founder, CEO & President Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies
Richard Jove, Institute Director Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute of Florida
Alan List, CEO Moffitt Cancer Center
Michael A. Marletta, President & CEO The Scripps Research Institute
Arthur Molella, Director Lemelson Center at the Smithsonian Institution
Ed H. Moore, President Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida
JoAnn Newman, President & CEO Orlando Science Center
Wit Ostrenko, President & CEO Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)
Janet E. Petro, Deputy Director NASA - John F. Kennedy Space Center
Jeffrey Pridmore, Vice President of Technical Operations for Missiles and Fire Control Lockheed Martin Corporation
Grover C. Robinson IV, Commissioner and President-Elect Florida Association of Counties
Mark B. Rosenberg, President Florida International University
Dennis A. Ross, Congressman Florida’s 15th Congressional District
Paul R. Sanberg, President National Academy of Inventors
Mark Sharpe, Commissioner Hillsborough County, FL Board of Commissioners
James D. Shields, President & CEO The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory
Michael Sittig, Executive Director Florida League of Cities, Inc.
Gillian Thomas, President & CEO Miami Science Museum
Kristiina Vuori, President & Interim CEO Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

Paul R. Sanberg (Chair)


President
National Academy of Inventors

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Dr. Paul R. Sanberg is Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation, Distinguished University Professor, and Executive Director ...read more

Randy E. Berridge


President
Florida High Tech Corridor Council

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Randy Berridge has held the position of president of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council since its formation in 1996. He also currently ...read more

Jeff Brandes


Senator
Florida Senate, 22nd District

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Florida State Senator Jeff Brandes represents Florida Senate District 22, which includes parts of Hillsborough and Pinellas county. ...read more

Curtis R. Carlson


President & CEO
SRI International

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Dr. Carlson, SRI President and CEO since 1998, is a world authority on creating value for customers through innovation. ...read more

Kathy Castor


Congresswoman
Florida's 14th Congressional District

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Kathy Castor is the Tampa Bay area’s voice in the U.S. Congress. She is serving her fourth term and represents Florida’s 14th ...read more

Anthony J. Catanese


President
Florida Institute of Technology

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Anthony James Catanese is the president of Florida Institute of Technology, a major research institution ...read more

Jonathan M. Ellen

President & Physician-in-Chief
All Children’s Hospital
Johns Hopkins Medicine

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Jonathan M. Ellen, M.D. is the President and Physician-in-Chief of All Children’s Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins ...read more

Margaret Focarino


Commissioner for Patents
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

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Margaret A. (Peggy) Focarino is Commissioner for Patents for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She was appointed ...read more

Kenneth Ford

Founder & CEO
Florida Institute for Human &
Machine Cognition (IHMC)

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Kenneth Ford is Founder and Director of the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC), an independent ...read more

Judy Genshaft


President
University of South Florida System

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Dr. Judy Genshaft serves as University of South Florida System president and president of the University of South Florida ...read more

William Scott Green

Senior Vice Provost
Dean of Undergraduate Education
University of Miami

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William Scott Green joined the University of Miami as senior vice provost and dean of undergraduate education in July 2006. ...read more

John Hitt


President
University of Central Florida

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John C. Hitt became the fourth president of the University of Central Florida on March 1, 1992. A physiological ...read more

Richard A. Houghten

Founder, CEO & President
Torrey Pines Institute of Molecular Studies

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Richard A. Houghten, Ph.D. is the Founder, CEO & President of Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies, a not-for-profit ...read more

Richard Jove

Institute Director
Vaccine and Gene Therapy
Institute of Florida

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Richard Jove, PhD, received his predoctoral training at Columbia University and postdoctoral training at Rockefeller ...read more

Alan List


President & CEO
Moffitt Cancer Center

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Dr. Alan List is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL. He is internationally ...read more

Michael A. Marletta


President & CEO
The Scripps Research Institute

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Marletta received an A.B. degree from SUNY College at Fredonia and a PhD from the University of California, San Francisco. ...read more

Arthur Molella

Director of the Smithsonian's
Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention & Innovation

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Dr. Arthur Molella is the Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Director of the Smithsonian Institution's Lemelson Center ...read more

Ed H. Moore

President
Independent Colleges
and Universities of Florida

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Ed is President of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, ICUF, a Tallahassee based association of 31 private ...read more

JoAnn Newman


President & CEO
Orlando Science Center

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JoAnn Newman came to OSC in February 2003 as Director of Exhibits and became V.P. for Exhibits and Operations in 2006. ...read more

Wit Ostrenko


President & CEO
Museum of Science and Industry

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Wit Ostrenko has served as President of the Museum of Science & Industry for the last 26 years. He is a 52-year resident of Florida ...read more

Janet E. Petro


Deputy Director
John F. Kennedy Space Center

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Janet E. Petro is the deputy director of NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Appointed to the deputy director position ...read more

Jeffrey S. Pridmore

Vice President of Technical Operations for Missiles and Fire Control
Lockheed Martin

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Jeff Pridmore is Vice President and Deputy of Technical Operations and Applied Research for Lockheed Martin Missiles ...read more

Grover C. Robinson IV

President-Elect
Florida Association of Counties
Commissioner, BCC District 4

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Commissioner Grover C. Robinson, IV, is a seventh generation Pensacolian who grew up in Escambia County's District 4. ...read more

Mark B. Rosenberg


President
Florida International University

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Mark B. Rosenberg is the fifth president of Florida International University. ...read more

Dennis A. Ross


Congressman
Florida’s 15th Congressional District

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Dennis Ross is a staunch advocate on behalf of his constituents in central Florida. He is currently serving his second term ...read more

Mark Sharpe

Hillsborough County
Board of County Commissioners
Countywide District 7

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A Tampa native, Mark Sharpe was elected to the County Commission Countywide District 7 seat in 2004. He was re-elected ...read more

James D. Shields


President & CEO
The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory

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Jim Shields is the President and CEO of The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory. In addition to his operational role at Draper ...read more

Michael Sittig


Executive Director
Florida League of Cities

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Michael Sittig is the Executive Director of the Florida League of Cities. In this position which he has held since 1995 ...read more

Gillian Thomas


President & CEO
Miami Science Museum

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Gillian Thomas has been with the Miami Science Museum since early 2003, first as a consultant and beginning in August 2003 ...read more

Kristiina Vuori

President & Interim CEO
Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

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Kristiina Vuori, M.D., Ph.D., is President of the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, Professor, and ...read more

"I am honored to accept your kind invitation… thank you for your commitment to honoring our inventors!"

Margaret (Peggy) Focarino - Commissioner for Patents, USPTO

Selection Committee

Name Affiliation
Wendy Abberger, President Leadership Florida
Sharon A. Heise, Associate Director Institute for Human & Machine Cognition
David R. Makufka, Manager Technology Transfer, Kennedy Space Center
David P. Norton, Vice President for Research University of Florida
Gary K. Ostrander, Vice President for Research Florida State University
Paul R. Sanberg, Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation University of South Florida
M.J. Soileau, Vice President for Research & Commercialization University of Central Florida
Jack Sullivan Jr., CEO Florida Research Consortium

"There is far more opportunity than there is ability."

Thomas A. Edison

Induction

Honorees are selected annually through a nomination process open to all inventors in the State of Florida. The nominations will be reviewed by a Selection Committee comprised of distinguished experts in the relevant fields of innovation.

Nominees elected to the Hall of Fame will be inducted at an annual ceremony, where their achievements will be honored and their influence on society acknowledged and celebrated. We anticipate holding the first induction ceremony on September 10, 2014 at the Embassy Suites Hotel on the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida.

"I believe you have to be willing to be misunderstood if you are going to innovate."

Jeff Bezos, Founder & CEO of Amazon.com

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Nomination Instructions

To nominate an individual for the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame, the nominator should:

  1. Complete the online nomination form.
  2. Upload the nomination statement — provide a 1-2 page statement regarding the inventor, his/her invention(s), the impact and significance of their invention on the community, the State of Florida, and society as a whole.
  3. Upload the nominee's CV, resume, or short biography.
  4. Upload 2 letters of support.

Nomination Criteria:

  • Nomination is open to all Florida inventors (living or dead)
  • Must be a named inventor on a U.S. patent issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Must be or have been a resident of Florida and have completed a substantial amount of their inventive work while living and/or employed in Florida
  • The impact of the inventor and his/her invention(s) should be significant to society as a whole
  • The invention(s) were commercialized, utilized, or led to important innovations
  • Open to all inventors in Florida
  • No self-nominations

"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower."

Steve Jobs, Co-founder of Apple Inc.

Contact Us

We invite you to contact us with any questions or comments about our program.

Contact Florida Inventors Hall of Fame

William Nikolic, Ph.D.

Program Manager

Florida Inventors Hall of Fame

at the University of South Florida

3702 Spectrum Boulevard, Suite 165

Tampa, FL 33612-9445

Phone: (813) 974-1101

E-mail: info@FloridaInvents.org