Dr. Leigh Estabrooks
What is your favorite invention of all time?
My favorite invention is of “a new and useful improvement in the art of producing artificial ices.” This is how the invention of Nancy Johnson was described in her 1843 U.S. patent for an ice cream maker. It was a hand operated crank machine that made ice cream using two cylinders and an ice/salt mixture. I enjoy making ice cream at home but with a maker that’s quick, electric powered and with an enclosed phase changing mixture instead of the ice and salt mixture.
Public High School Teacher, Pathfinder Technical High School
Research Scientist, Tambrands, Inc.
Product Development Engineer, Chesebrough-Ponds, Inc.
Consumer Research Analyst, The Coca-Cola Company
BS in Agriculture, University of Tennessee at Knoxville
MS in Business Management, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
EdD, Northeastern University
What inspires you?
The hard work and perseverance that the young inventors invest in their invention projects inspire me to work harder and persevere in the field of STEM education, where there are so many good problems to tackle.
Do you have any hidden talents or interesting hobbies?
I enjoy growing dahlias, fly-fishing with my husband, and learning how to play the violin.
If you could invent anything, what would it be?
A carbon neutral energy solution for homes
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