Lisa Seacat DeLuca

IBM Distinguished Engineer, Director, & Inventor


Lisa Seacat DeLuca is a Director & Distinguished Engineer, leading the incubation and incorporation of the Digital Twin across IBM's IoT offering suite and driving the digital transformation of IoT solutions within IBM. Lisa holds a Masters of Science in Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business, and a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University with minors in Business Administration and Multimedia Productions.

This year, Entrepreneur Magazine listed Lisa as one of their 49 Female Entrepreneurs Who Are Reshaping the Business World. She was also named Innovator of the Year from Innovation & Tech Magazine and was featured on NPR "All Things Considered". In 2018, LinkedIn named Lisa #1 on their list of Top Voices in Technology and one of their Top 15 Female Voices to Follow. In 2017, Lisa was inducted into the Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame, was named #2 in LinkedIn’s Top Voices in Technology List, named as a Top Women in Tech IoT Influencer by Onalytica, and received an honorary PhD from Claremont Graduate University. In 2016, Lisa was named one of the Most Influential Women in IoT. She was named one of MIT’s 35 Innovators Under 35 in 2015, as well as, 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.

She is a TED speaker, a self-published author of two children’s books titled "A Robot Story" and “The Internet of Mysterious Things”, and the most prolific female inventor in IBM history and the only one to ever reach the 100th Invention Plateau Award (an IBM internal patent award system). Her innovation portfolio includes over 600 patent applications filed within the United States and abroad, of which, 400 have been granted, to date. The subject of her patent ideas range from areas such as cloud, mobile, IoT, social, security, cognitive, commerce and everything in between. Lisa is an AAAS-Lemelson Inventor Ambassador where she increases visibility to the importance of innovation. Lisa has spoken at numerous tech conferences and written articles to share her technology and innovation passion with others. For recent articles and information about Lisa, visit or follow Lisa on Twitter @LisaSeacat.

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MS Technology Commercialization

University of Texas, McCombs School of Business

Austin, TX

2001 - 205

BS Computer Science

Minors: Business Administration & Multimedia Productions

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA



Inventing allows me to unleash my creative side and dream about what the future may hold. I've met some awesome people through patenting and learned about some incredible technologies.


I love sharing my passion for technology with others, especially the future generations. I've currently written two children's books and there will be a few more to come.


It's so important to have a voice and be willing to share your story.


Baltimore, MD