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IBM 26×26. Innovation 15 of 26.  March 2015.


It’s no secret that there’s a need for more women in technology. In fact, women comprised just 26% of employees in certain tech-related fields in 2013. So to inspire more women to join the tech ranks, we’re showcasing 26 innovations by 26 innovative women. Innovation 26X26 is just a taste of what’s possible for women who choose a tech career at IBM.

150 Patents Later, What One Female Inventor Learned About Innovation.  Forbes.  January 22nd, 2015.

Software engineer. Inventor. Mother of toddler twins. Nerd puller of late night coding jags. And, at 32, the most prolific female inventor at IBM with more than 150 patents in areas such as mobile, data, and cloud, to my name.

I’m one of the faces of innovation at IBM. One of my patents is U.S. Patent #8,694,777: Securely identifying host systems, which enables more secure identity control in cloud computing environments.

The patent was among 7,534 patents filed by IBM last year, making it the first company to exceed 7,000 patents in one year and marking the company’s 22nd consecutive year as worldwide patent leader.

An Inventors Vision of the Future. TED@IBM. September 23rd, 2014

A Day in the Life.  Women At IBM.

Mobile and Cloud Software Development will Outfit the Wearable Era.  A Smarter Planet Blog. September 22nd, 2014.


Patents are the proof of unique ideas, even if the everyday use of those ideas aren’t realized until well into the future.

For example, I have more than 150 patents in my name but many of them have not yet been productized. That’s fine, though, because all innovations start with a spark of an idea. Capturing those sparks is what’s critical to the process.

Another Chapter in one Mobile Inventor’s Desire to Inspire: “A Robot Story”. A Smarter Planet Blog. July 17th, 2014.

IBMblogPlanting the seeds of curiosity and imagination in kids takes some creativity.

I’m a software engineer but my parents aren’t. Growing up, my father loved gadgets and we had a computer in the house. I taught myself how to type on that computer and eventually how to write html code. I shared my father’s love for gadgets and that led me to applying to colleges for computer science. But when I got to school, I felt like I was at a disadvantage. I didn’t know some of the basics that would have made learning the more complex topics a lot easier.

Industry Innovation: The Intersection of Mobile & Cloud. Galvanize. May 20th, 2014.

As organizations seek new opportunities to engage with communities vital to their business, mobile has become the primary touch point with shoppers, patients, employees, voters, consumers and more.  

As a result, mobile app development has begun to dominate marketing efforts to address our increasingly handheld-centric society. Creating more valuable user interactions requires organizations to be able to tap into the volumes of data being generated by a range of mobile devices to create context and drive greater personalization. As people download and use apps at continuing rising levels, and with greater expectations, app development jobs have also risen significantly and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

With the growth of mobile apps, the market for mobile cloud services will grow along with it. In the next four years, mobile cloud services platforms are projected to grow from $579 million to a staggering $4.4 billion in 2017.

Career Tips From The Next Gen Of CEOs. Refinery29. April 7th, 2014. Gina Marinelli.

refinery29Claim to Fame: What started out as a childhood love of Nintendo and technology eventually lead Seacat Deluca to Carnegie Mellon where she studied computer science. IBM offered her a position before she even completed her senior year, and since then, she’s been able to accumulate a staggering 115 patents under her (professional) belt. One of her most recent projects, however, is a children’s computer-science book that was successfully funded on Kickstarter and is currently in production.

Master Inventor. Carnegie Mellon Homepage. April 1st, 2014

Lisa Seacat DeLuca (CS’05) is an inventor on fire.

The IBM mobile software engineer and graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science has filed 350 patents with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office; so far, 115 have been issued.

DeLuca is the youngest IBM employee and the first woman to obtain the 100th Invention Plateau Achievement Award, an IBM award given for patent filings.

Network World calls her one of the 50 most fascinating people in the world of technology.

“I am super proud to have attended Carnegie Mellon University, and I am quick to tell anyone who’ll listen about my experience there,” DeLuca said. …

Big Data, A Smarter Planet Blog. March 17th, 2014

A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Seafood Restaurant: An Idea

Network World – Fascinating 50 March 12th, 2014

Get to know 50 of the most interesting people in the world of technology

IBM is a patent powerhouse, and Lisa Seacat DeLuca is a major contributor. With roughly 350 patent applications filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and 115 patents issued, she’s the first woman in IBM’s history to reach its 100th plateau, a point system that rewards patent filings and issuances. She’s also written a children’s book, “A Robot Story,” about a nerdy mom who teachers her twin sons, JSON and WiFi, how to count to 10 in binary. DeLuca, who has twin toddlers of her own, says children are natural language learners, so why not introduce binary language at an early age?

fascinating50 Give Your Valentine an Internship.  Seriously.  Feb 2014


As someone who has always loved technology, I’ve spent my life inventing things. I was born and raised in Montana with an older brother and a younger sister. As kids, we would entertain ourselves with video game consoles, and an old computer that had one of those clicky keyboards. My sister and I would also perform puppet shows, tape them with a camcorder and show the video to family and friends. We were, and are, part of a generation that has grown up surrounded by technology and continue to be passionate about learning today.

CMU alumna set to publish children’s book teaching binary

Jan 19, 2014

Meet JSON and WiFi, two fictional robot brothers created by Lisa Seacat DeLuca, a Carnegie Mellon alumna who graduated in 2005 with a degree in computer science. Now a software engineer at IBM, DeLuca is also a mother of twin boys and the author of A Robot Story, a children’s animated eBook and board book that teaches the fundamentals of binary.

My Innovation Journey, So Far

Patents can help make our lives much richer.

Suppose you’re on the phone with your best friend from high school. The conversation might go from an upcoming wedding, to your favorite sports team, and back to some “remember when” moments. Each time the conversation changes, both people might be presented with different images or social messages relevant to those keywords, further engaging both users and enhancing the phone conversation.

One of my patents, U.S. Patent #8,494,851,issued last July, describes that scenario as “retrieval of contextually relevant social networking information during a phone conversation.”

IBM Tops U.S. Patent List for 21st Straight Year

IBM Tops U.S. Patent List for 21st Straight Year
Date added: 14 Jan 2014
IBM received a record 6,809 U.S. patents in 2013, marking the 21st consecutive year in a row that the company topped the annual roundup of patent recipients. More than 8,000 IBM inventors residing in 47 different U.S. states and 41 countries patented a range of inventions in 2013 that are expected to enable the company to compete and lead in strategic areas-–such as IBM’s Watson, cloud computing, Big Data analytics and the new cognitive computing era. IBM Master Inventor Lisa Seacat DeLuca (pictured) received nearly 50 U.S. patents in 2013, including patent #8,494,851, which depicts a system that continuously analyzes terms and topics discussed during a phone conversation, and automatically identifies and displays contextually relevant social networking information (courtesy: IBM)

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