Events and Programs

An Evening With Steve Sasson at USF

Join us on February 21, 2018 for a conversation with Steve Sasson, inventor of the digital camera!


On February 21, 2018, the National Science and Technology Medals Foundation will host An Evening With Steve Sasson at the University of South Florida. The inventor of the first digital camera, Mr. Sasson has spent most of his career at the Eastman Kodak Company, and in 2009 became a National Medal of Technology and Innovation Laureate for his world-changing invention.

The conversation will cover Mr. Sasson’s life as a student, scientist, and inventor. He will speak about breakthroughs that led to the digital camera, his current work protecting patents, and much more. The audience will have the opportunity to ask Mr. Sasson questions following the interview. The program will conclude with a short reception for all. 

This event is free and open to the public. To attend the event in person, please visit Eventbrite. If you cannot join us in Florida, the event will be available to all via live webcast on our Facebook page

Join us in person or via webcast for An Evening With Steve Sasson

on Wednesday February 21, 2018.


Mr. Steve Sasson, a research engineer who began his career at the Eastman Kodak Company, is the man behind the device that has digitally captured millions of people’s memories for nearly three decades. The prototype for the digital camera Mr. Sasson created in 1975 created a whole new way to take, store, and share photos, a feat that altered the course of an industry. With bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the young engineer from Brooklyn, NY received multiple patents for his digital-imagery work throughout the 1970s and 1980s and continued developing more complex cameras with Kodak, including digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras, and in 1989, the first megapixel camera that stored photos to flash memory cards. Mr. Sasson, who retired from Kodak in 2012, is a tireless advocate for the protection intellectual property.

To learn more about Mr. Sasson, read this, this, or this!

Thank you to our event sponsors