Juan Valentin is an education program advisor in the USPTO's Office of Education, where he is responsible for the development and implementation of educational projects of national and international scope, with a particular emphasis on directing and coordinating the development of STEM, design-thinking, or invention-focused projects infused with intellectual property (IP) concepts. A significant part of Juan's job is cultivating relationships and finding areas for collaboration with external organizations, academic institutions, and federal agencies.
Prior to joining the Office of Education, Juan was a patent examiner at the USPTO for 12 years, specializing in the art of optical measuring and testing devices. Community outreach is an important part of Juan's life. His volunteer work with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers includes youth education and outreach on behalf of engineers and leadership training for members of all levels within the organization. Juan holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Clarkson University.