Executive Director, Lemelson-MIT Program
Stephanie Couch, PhD is the Executive Director of the Lemelson-MIT Program, a nonprofit with a mission to inspire young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention. She has more than a decade of experience in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education policy, research, development and strategic fundraising. She leads the program’s research efforts, partnership development, and guides the Lemelson-MIT Program’s national awards and grants initiatives.
Couch previously served as the interim Associate Vice President for Research, Bayer Executive Director at the Institute for STEM Education, and Director of the Gateways East Bay STEM Network at California State University at East Bay. Couch also helped design and launch the statewide California STEM Learning Network (CSLNet). She has won numerous awards for her leadership role in advancing STEM education in California. She was selected as one of San Francisco Business Times’ Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business in 2016 and inducted into Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame in the education category. In 2015, she received the Biotechnology Educator of the Year Award from California Life Sciences Association.