In 2017, Janell Ciemiecki started in the role of awards program administrator at Lemelson-MIT. In this role, she manages all aspects of the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for collegiate inventors. Her past work experience includes 12 years in corporate relations for Harvard Business School. Janell received a bachelor’s degree from Saint Michael’s College and a master’s degree from Harvard Extension School. 

What is your favorite invention of all time? 
One of my personal favorites is the vinyl record (and record player). I have a record collection at home, and I’m amazed by the rich sound quality that vinyl provides compared to other means of listening to music.

If you could invent anything, what would it be?
I’d like to figure out a way to fully eliminate plastic and other trash from our oceans.