Pellissippi State brings inventors to campus this Thursday

The potato chip. The paper clip. The microchip. Inventions can improve our lives in a thousand different ways.

Learn how to take your great idea through the patent process all the way to manufacturing at “Inventing the Inventor: Creative People Who Make a Difference” at Pellissippi State Community College this Thursday, March 1.

The community is invited to a panel discussion by local inventors, 12:25-1:40 p.m., in the Goins Building Auditorium, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

The panel of four will talk about their personal inventions and how they navigated the waters of patenting and marketing. They will take questions from the audience, and some of the inventions will be on display at the end of the presentation.

“Inventing the Inventor: Creative People Who Make a Difference” is in conjunction with the college’s 2011-12 Common Book activities, which revolve around “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope,” by William Kamkwamba. The author of the New York Times bestseller was the keynote speaker at the President’s Convocation Sept. 1. He spoke about his experiences building a 16-foot-tall windmill nine years ago in Malawi.

For more information about this event, call (865) 694-6400 or 694-6708. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or