Lisa Seacat DeLuca
Distinguished Engineer, Inventor, and Director, IBM
Career & Education - selected:
- Director & Distinguished Engineer of Emerging Solutions, IBM
- TED speaker
- Self-published author of Children’s books -“A Robot Story" & “The Internet of Mysterious Things”
- Most prolific female inventor, IBM history
- Only one to reach 100th Invention Plateau Award (IBM internal patent award system) - innovation portfolio includes over 800 patent applications, of which, 550 granted, to date
- AAAS-Lemelson Inventor Ambassador
- Master of Science in Technology Commercialization, University of Texas McCombs School of Business
- Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University with minors in Business Administration and Multimedia Productions
Awards & Recognitions - selected:
- 2019 LinkedIn Top Voices in Technology #2, 2018 #1, 2017 #2
- 2019 49 Female Entrepreneurs who are Reshaping the Business World, Entrepreneur Magazine
- 2019 Innovator of the Year, Innovation & Tech Magazine
- 2019 Women Look to Close Inventor Gender Gap, NPR All Things Considered with Joe Palca
- 2018 UT Hall of Fame - Rising Star Award, University of Texas
- 2018 Top 15 Female Voices to Follow, LinkedIn
- 2017 Women In Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame Inductee, WITI
- 2016 Top Women in Tech IoT Influence, Onalytica
- 2016 The 25 Most Influential Women in IoT, IoT World
- 2016 Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, Claremont Graduate University, Honorary Degree Recipient
- 2015 MIT's 35 Innovators Under 35
- 2015 Next Wave of 10 Enterprise Technologists Under 35, LinkedIn
- 2015 100 Most Creative People in Business, Fast Company
- 2015 IBM's Working Mother of the Year, Working Mother Magazine
- 2015 AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador, AAAS-Lemelson Class of 2015
- 2014 50 Most Fascinating People in the World of Technology, Network World
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I bring innovation and products to market.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?
As a young girl playing videos games I fell in love with how a single button press can make a character jump on a screen. Even before I knew what software engineering was I knew it was something I had to do when I grew up.
Give yourself an opportunity to try out STEM through a few internships and side projects.
WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"
Inducted into the WITI Hall of Fame, IBM's Most Prolific Female Inventor, LinkedIn's Top Voice in Technology 3x years.
WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?
Changing the world from anywhere in the world. Computers bring us together and allows people to focus on solving incredibly complicated problems that impact everyone.
BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?
You don't need to get all A's. Give yourself an opportunity to try out STEM through a few internships and side projects.
INSPO / FUN FACT
“Ask for forgiveness, not permission.”