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Miami, Florida United States
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Interview Date: 03/10/2017

Engineering executive Ivan Yaeger was born on June 7, 1967 in Miami, Florida to Carl E. Yaegar, Jr. and Ollie Yaegar. He attended Miami Shores Elementary School and North Miami Junior High School before he graduated from Miami Central Senior High School in 1984. Yaeger went on to earn his B.B.A. degree in business management and organization from the University of Miami in 1988.

While at the University of Miami, Yaeger filed his first patent for the Yaeger Prosthetic Arm, which could be controlled through activating sensors on the human body. He also began the Yaeger Innovative Products Corporation in 1986 and became its chief executive officer. In 1991, Yaeger began working as a pupil advocate for AESOP, a mentoring program for minorities within Miami Dade Public Schools. Yaeger then founded the Yaeger Foundation, Inc. in 1995. Through the Yaeger Foundation, the Technology Leaders Initiative, a workshop program for students of all ages, was started in 1997. During the same year, Yaegar became the corporate relations manager for INROADS Inc. In 2000, Yaeger founded Yaeger Companies, which combined all of his previous endeavors under the name of one company. He gained national attention when he created prosthetic arms for an eleven-year-old named Diamond Excell, who was born without arms. Yaeger filed another patent in 2006, this time for a mechanical hand kit that was used in the Technology Leaders Initiative.

In addition to his work with the Yaeger Foundation, Yaeger also served his community through service on a variety of boards that included the Wellness Committee for Miami Dade Public Schools and the Miami Children’s Initiative.

Yaeger has been recognized and honored for his innovations and community involvement many times. In 1992, he received the Fatheer Surrogate of the Year Award from the Urban League. In 2002, the U.S. Patent Office named him as a distinguished innovator. He was also the recipient of the ICON Award in 2006 and the Distinguished Achievement Award in 2011. Yaeger was inducted into the Miami Dade Public Schools Hall of Fame in 2017.

Yaeger lives in Miami, Florida.

Ivan Yaeger was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 10, 2017.

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