Aspiring Inventors' Club

Aspiring Inventors’ Club
Led by Inventors Dr. Lance Liotta (club founder) & Marissa Howard (club president)

Join the ranks of club alumni who patented their inventions and created licensed products! See the list of awards and more below.

Actively learn the patent process as you work in small teams to invent and prototype a solution to a challenge, problem or your own idea! By the club’s end, students can complete a draft of a patent application for their invention.

Who: Rising 10th graders through college undergraduates. 

When: Biweekly sessions start June 20th through August 9th (no sessions week of July 4th), Tues & Thurs., 4:30-6:00 pm (attendance at each session is recommended but not required; no make-up sessions are provided)

Where: Fairfax Mason Campus,  Robinson B building, room 228. 

Fee: $700 (includes all costs including supplies for student invention prototypes and poster in ASSIP session if participating)

Register here. Demand for this club is high and cannot exceed room capacity, so participation is in order of registration. 

Marissa Howard, Sameen Yusuf, Sara Sharif, & Rohit Madhu


Rice 360 Global Health Technologies Design Competition 3rd Place Winners
March 2017 Rice University

First Place Oral Presentation at the 10th Annual Symposium of the VA-NC Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
March 2017 LSAMP Scholarship Program

VSE Research Excellence Award
April 2017 Volgenau School of Engineering

COS Dean’s Undergraduate Research Award
April 2017 College of Science

Outstanding Senior Design Project Award
May 2017 Department of Bioengineering

2017 Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge Venture Prize Winner
August 2017 National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering


American Society for Microbiology Conference on Tuberculosis: Past, Present, and Future
April 2017 Poster Presentation

Volgenau School of Engineering Research Celebration
April 2017 Poster Presentation

Biotechnology and Health Sciences Research Symposium
April 2017 Poster Presentation

College of Science Research Colloquium
April 2017 Poster Presentation

OSCAR Celebration of Student Scholarship
May 2017 Featured Oral Presentation & Poster Presentation

Virginia Biology Women Building Biology: The XX Factor
September 2017 Featured project in Next Generation Inspiration Oral Presentation


Team Smart Sleeve - 2017 ASSIP Inventor’s Club
Kshamata Neupane, Matthew Trang, Rachel Naidich, Rebecca Woodhouse, & Ish Sethi

Built By Girls Competition Finalist
August 2017 Build By Girls Competition

Conrad Challenge Semi-Finalist
November 2017

Congressional App Challenge Finalist for VA’s 11th District
January 2018

First Place Technovation Regional Pitch Competition
May 2018

A Noninvasive Werabe Biomechanical and Physiology Monitor for Injury Prevention and Rehabilition
Licensed by Phase II Staffing and Contracting, LLC. Manassas, VA 2017-Present
Full Utility Filed October 2018



Team SMART PD3 ASSIP Inventor’s Club 2018
Nitasha Abbas, Arnav Bansal, Divjot Bedi, Aumena Choudhry, Chris Jose, Varun Kota, Nuha Mohammed, Akashdeep Randhawa, & Mosufa Zainab
Conrad Challenge Round 2 Finalist
Ongoing November 2018