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Bran Ferren

Bran Ferren

Co-Chairman, Applied Minds

There aren't many companies that can count Intel, Lockheed Martin, the U.S. Air Force Research Lab, the Library of Congress, and Herman Miller as clients. But for former Oscar-winning Disney Imagineer Bran Ferren, being an inventor means creating just about anything that makes the world a better place. Uniting technology, science, art, and the human experience--"what we desire rather than what we need"--is essential, Ferren says, whether he's working on transportation, energy, entertainment, or the military.

I've always known that I wanted to make things. New things that people haven't done before, and in fact this is what people expect of you.