Yalda and Member Appreciation Event

Dear Colleagues,
We are going to have Yalda night celebration and Members appreciation on Friday December 20th in Madison North Auditorium from 6pm-9pm.
Address: 600 Dulany St, Alexandria, VA ‎
Please purchase your tickets in advance from ticket sellers listed below.
Food, Drink and Persian pastries will be provided.
As a token of appreciation IPSIA is preparing a gift for our supportive paid-members.
Tickets:
Paid-members = FREE
Non-Members (including family and friends) = $10.00/Person
Children under 5 =  FREE

Parking: There are FREE parking on street after 5 pm

Ticket sellers:
Arvin Eskandarnia
Arash Beheshti Shirazi
For further questions or to attend this event please email IPSIA@USPTO.gov
Hope to see you all there.
Best,
IPSIA Officers

A Winning Way to Deal With Waste

Engineers at Cal Tech, including Asghar Aryanfar, have–at the urging of the Gates Foundation–created a new toilet for the developing world that will help stop disease and also generate power, even in the most remote locations.
PhD Student and Research Assistant Asghar Aryanfar is the first prize recepient of the ‘Reinvent the toilet’ challenge, a universal competition initiated by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He did the design and flow analysis for the unit.
         A solar-powered toilet that turns urine and feces into hydrogen and electricity has won a $100,000 first prize in the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The prize was announced at the foundation’s “Reinvent the Toilet Fair” in Seattle, Washington, which showcased dozens of projects that aim to create an inexpensive and eco-friendly alternative to the flush toilet.
This invention was featured on CNN. Please click here to watch the news on CNN.

To learn more please click here.

Iranian doctor greatest world woman inventor in 2013

An Iranian doctor from Mashhad Medical Science University received the award of the greatest world woman inventor in Geneva International Festival for Inventions in year 2013.

Dr. Zahra Alizadeh Thani, who is a specialist in radiology of heart and coroners, also received gold medal and special award of 41st Geneva Festival in addition to her award as the world inventor.
Dr. Alizadeh Thani has invented a device to determine level of tightness of heart coroners.
The device also makes it possible to determine if the patient needs angioplasty.
Angioplasty is a procedure to restore blood flow through the artery.

Click here for the 41st International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva prize list (2013)

Leadership in Action Award

IPSIA is proud to announce USPTO supervisor Taghi Arani received Leadership in Action (LIA) Award for the second half of fiscal year 2012. Mr. Arani is a supervisor in Network security and cryptography unit and has been with USPTO for more than 12 years.

The LIA award is an ongoing recognition program established to give employees the opportunity to acknowledge supervisors who model best practices in leadership or mentoring and exemplify the values set in the USPTO Leadership Vision. The program also gives managers an opportunity to recognize peers who demonstrate “Leadership in Action.”

Mr. Arani is now being nominated for the Supervisor of the Year Award, which will be announced at 10:30 a.m. ceremony on Thursday, February 7 in Madison North Auditorium.