ABOUT OUR

CHASING GENIUS
COUNCIL

 

ABOUT THE CHASING GENIUS: UNLIMITED INNOVATION COUNCIL

The creative innovators on our CHASING GENIUS: UNLIMITED INNOVATION Council represent a mix of expertise and influence. They are scientists, entrepreneurs, storytellers, visionaries, explorers, and creators who know what it means to think outside the box. They are driven by a passion and a purpose to make the world a better place.
 
Members of the Council will help choose finalists, and the community will vote to choose the winner, who will receive $25,000 to take their idea further.

Our Genius Council

Eric Berkenpas
ENGINEER

As Sr. Director of Exploration Technology at Nat Geo, Eric leads a team of engineers that develop specialized equipment to help media groups, researchers, and explorers meet their technology needs in the field. Eric has helped develop a camera that can film from the deepest locations in the ocean; a camera system for collecting video, audio, and other data from wild animals; and some of the first aerial photographic drones used by Nat Geo.

VICTORIA JAGGARD
EDITOR, JOURNALIST

Victoria Jaggard serves as the lead editor for science and innovation news for National Geographic online, primarily covering astronomy, paleontology, and technology. A graduate of Lehigh University, Jaggard has also worked as a reporter and editor for Smithsonian and New Scientist magazines. During her career, she has chased tornadoes in Colorado, witnessed the last space shuttle launch in Florida, and dug up fossils in Wyoming.

TAN LE
INNOVATOR, ENTREPRENEUR

Tan Le creates innovations that extend and improve the way our brains are studied and understood. She is founder & CEO of EMOTIV which aims to advance neurotechnology, broaden participation in brain research, and create a new worldwide platform for sharing brain data. An emerging National Geographic Explorer, Tan’s work is dramatically accelerating the pace of brain research, and her mission entails giving everyday citizens the tools to better understand how their own brains function.

JOHN SAW
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

John Saw, Ph.D., is the Chief Technology Officer at Sprint, responsible for technology development, network planning, engineering, deployment, and service assurance of the Sprint network, as well as device development and engineering.  Dr. Saw has more than 20 years of wireless industry experience and in 2017 was appointed to the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman, Ajit Pai.

ALBERT YU-MIN LIN
RESEARCH SCIENTIST, ENTREPRENEUR, EXPLORER

Albert Yu-Min Lin is a research scientist and engineer focused on technology-enabled exploration and what he calls the human frontier. A National Geographic Emerging Explorer based at the University of California, San Diego, he develops methods that combine satellite imagery, crowdsourcing engines, machine learning, VR, drones, ground-penetrating radar, and other tools to push the boundaries of conventional science and take him into some of the most remote and unexplored places in the world.

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