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Ivan Yaeger

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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Inventor
Nonprofit Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Palm Beach, Florida
Favorite Quote:
If Your Mind Can Conceive It And Your Heart Believe It Then You Can Achieve It.

Birthplace

Born:
6/7/1967
Birth Location:
Miami, Florida

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Inventor
Nonprofit Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Palm Beach, Florida
Favorite Quote:
If Your Mind Can Conceive It And Your Heart Believe It Then You Can Achieve It.

Birthplace

Born:
6/7/1967
Birth Location:
Miami
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Biography

Inventor and nonprofit executive Ivan Yaeger was born on June 7, 1967 in Miami, Florida to Elliott 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, a prosthetic arm controlled through activating sensors on the human body. He also began the Yaeger Innovative Products Corporation in 1996 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 which in 1997 started the Technology Leaders Initiative, a workshop program for students of all ages. 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, 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.

Ivan and The Yaeger Arm have appeared in over one hundred broadcasts and publications such as The Today Show, National Medical Association Journal, M.I.T Inventor of the Week Archive, The Johns Hopkins Newsletter, Jet magazine, People magazine and the United States Patent & Trademark Office’s website and Minority Inventors: America’s Tapestry of Innovation video.

Yaeger has been recognized and honored for his innovations and community involvement many times. In 1992, he received the Father 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.

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

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Ivan Yaeger lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ivan Yaeger describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ivan Yaeger describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ivan Yaeger talks about how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ivan Yaeger describes his likeness to his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ivan Yaeger lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ivan Yaeger describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ivan Yaeger describes the sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Ivan Yaeger talks about his early awareness of race
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Ivan Yaeger recalls his early interest in engineering
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Ivan Yaeger remembers moving to Miami Shores, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Ivan Yaeger describes his early academic interests
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Ivan Yaeger remembers learning about science from his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Ivan Yaeger recalls the start of his interest in prosthetics
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - Ivan Yaeger remembers his favorite children's television shows
  • Tape: 1 Story: 17 - Ivan Yaeger recalls building his first prosthetic device
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ivan Yaeger describes his first prosthetic arm invention
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ivan Yaeger recalls his activities at Miami Central Senior High School in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ivan Yaeger remembers graduating from Miami Central Senior High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ivan Yaeger remembers securing his first patent for a prosthetic device
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ivan Yaeger remembers founding the Yaeger Innovative Products Corporations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ivan Yaeger describes his education at the University of Miami
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ivan Yaeger recalls his early success with the Yaeger Innovative Products Corporation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ivan Yaeger describes the Afrocentric Enhancement, Self-Esteem Opportunity Program
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Ivan Yaeger talks about The Yaeger Foundation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Ivan Yaeger remembers working for INROADS, Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ivan Yaeger remembers his mentees at INROADS, Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ivan Yaeger describes his inventing process
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ivan Yaeger remembers creating the Technology Leaders Initiative
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ivan Yaeger talks about his corporate and academic partners
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ivan Yaeger recalls founding The Yaeger Companies
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ivan Yaeger remembers the Y2K scare
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ivan Yaeger remembers creating prosthetic arms for Diamond Excell
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Ivan Yaeger describes the advancements in prosthetic technology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Ivan Yaeger remembers the celebration for Diamond Excell's prosthetic arms
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Ivan Yaeger describes his Bionic/Robotic Hand Kit competition
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Ivan Yaeger talks about building Yeager Plaza in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Ivan Yaeger describes his medical partnerships
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Ivan Yaeger describes his plans for the future
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ivan Yaeger talks about the future of prosthetic technology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ivan Yaeger describes his family's role in The Yaeger Companies
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ivan Yaeger reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ivan Yaeger describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ivan Yaeger describes about his family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ivan Yaeger talks about the importance of defying stereotypes
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ivan Yaeger describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ivan Yaeger narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Ivan Yaeger narrates his photographs, pt. 2