Together in Innovation: Inner space and outer space

Together in innovation -- January 26, 2:00 pm ET


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The world needs your ideas. Learn how to unleash them from teams of innovators who will expand our knowledge of inner and outer space. 

Every unique combination of skills and experience offers a novel point of view. We can’t afford a small talent pool in an increasingly complex age. Fortunately, we can expand that pool to include more students with a sense of wonder, inventors nurturing the next big ideas, and entrepreneurs with a drive for success. 

Don’t miss this chance to hear from successful creators, each with fascinating backgrounds that shaped their careers. You will learn about resources available to communities nationwide, best practices for innovating, and ways to protect your hard work as you follow your own path.


(Subject to change; all times ET)

2–2:05 p.m. Welcome 

  • Matthew Palumbo, Office of Innovation Outreach, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

2:05–2:40 p.m. Inner space with the award-winning Nanodropper team

  • Mackenzie Andrews, Co-founder and Chief Commercialization Officer
  • Elias Baker, Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer
  • Jennifer Steger, Ph.D., Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer
  • Mary McManmon, Supervisory Patent Examiner, USPTO (moderator)

2:40–2:45 p.m. Break

2:45–3:10 p.m. Outer space with Inspiration4 crew

  • Sian Proctor, Ph.D., astronaut, geoscientist, explorer, and space artist
  • Chris Sembroski, astronaut, data engineer, and Air Force veteran
  • NaThanya Ferguson, Manager, Office of Innovation Outreach, USPTO (moderator)

3:10–3:15 p.m. Wrap up

  • Matthew Palumbo, Office of Innovation Outreach, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

This program is presented by the Office of Innovation Outreach. For more information, please contact

The content and opinions shared by our guest speakers during this program are not those of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, nor an endorsement of any persons, products, programs, or policies mentioned therein.

This event is part of a series: Together in Innovation