Tony Perry joined the Lemelson-MIT Program in 2015 as the invention education coordinator. Tony supports teams of high school students, teachers, and mentors from around the country as they work through the invention process from problem identification to building a working prototype during their InvenTeam grant year. Prior to joining the Lemelson-MIT Program, Tony taught high school science in Chicago and worked in museum education. He received his master’s degree in science education from Northwestern University and bachelor’s degree in astronomy-physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to his role at Lemelson-MIT, Tony is a PhD student at Texas Tech University concentrating in curriculum and instruction.  

What is your favorite invention of all time? 
The Telescope—I’m inspired by all the possibilities of worlds beyond our own!

If you could invent anything, what would it be?
Time Travel. Or an easier way to eat spaghetti.