Lisa Seacat DeLuca

Technology Strategist, Cognitive Incubation Lab, IBM Watson Customer Engagement
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Lisa Seacat DeLuca currently serves as a technology strategist in the Cognitive Incubation Lab for IBM Watson Customer Engagement. She is recognized as the most prolific female inventor in IBM history and, at only 34 years old, one of the youngest inventors at IBM ever to reach the 100th Invention Plateau Award (an IBM internal patent award system). Ms. Seacat DeLuca's innovation portfolio includes over 600 patent applications filed within the United States and abroad, of which 250 have been granted to date. The subjects of her patent ideas range from cloud, mobile, IoT, social, security, cognitive, and commerce to everything in between.

In addition to her work at IBM, Ms. Seacat DeLuca is also a TED speaker; a self-published author of two children's books, "A Robot Story" and "The Internet of Mysterious Things;" and an AAAS-Lemelson Inventor Ambassador where she increases visibility to the importance of innovation. In 2016, Ms. Seacat DeLuca was designated one of the Most Influential Women in IoT by the Internet of Things Institute. In 2015, she was recognized as one of MIT's 35 Innovators Under 35, LinkedIn's NextWave of 10 Enterprise Technologists Under 35, one of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business, and IBM's Working Mother of the Year for Working Mother Magazine. In 2014, she was named one of Network World's 50 Most Fascinating People in the World of Technology.

Ms. Seacat DeLuca holds a Master of Science in Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University with minors in Business Administration and Multimedia Productions.