Dr. Jorge Valdes, Education Program Advisor, Office of Education and Outreach, USPTO
Dr. Jorge L. Valdes is an Education Programs advisor at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in the Office of Education and Outreach where he is responsible for the design, development and delivery of professional development programs for K-12 teachers on the significance of STEM education to intellectual property and innovation. Dr. Valdes is a STEM educator with experience in project-based learning pedagogy in chemistry, physics and astronomy. Prior to his career in teaching, Dr. Valdes held senior leadership roles at AT&T, Lucent Technologies, and Alcatel-Lucent. While at Bell Labs, he was responsible for managing global R&D organizations and received the E.O. Lawrence Laureate gold medal award from the U.S. Department of Energy on behalf of the President of the United States for his pioneering work in reagent generation, a technology having profoundly positive implications for the energy efficient production of high purity chemicals, environmental health, and cost reduction in manufacturing. Dr. Valdes has a Ph.D. degree in Electrochemical Engineering from Columbia University and an executive MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business. He holds 33 U.S. and international patents, has published more than 100 science and technology research papers in peer-reviewed journals and magazines, and has won numerous corporate and industry awards for his contributions in science, technology, education, and diversity. Dr. Valdes is the co-founder of the Young Science Achievers program, a national program dedicated to inspiring and enabling more girls and students under-represented in science and math to pursue careers in STEM fields.