101 academic inventors and innovators elected as NAI Charter Fellows
TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 101 top scientists, innovators, and leaders from the academic world named as 2012 Charter Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) are being recognized for their exceptional achievements "in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society."
"The NAI is a young organization but already is having a major influence in the world of scholarly research and innovation," said Texas A&M University President R. Bowen Loftin. "I am honored and humbled to be among the first NAI Fellows."
The newly elected class of Fellows is made up of inventors and innovators from 56 prestigious research universities and non-profit research institutes across the U.S. and around the world. All are named inventors on patents issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Collectively, they hold an impressive number of U.S. patents—over 3,200.
"I absolutely believe in the power of invention—its power to transform daily life, to reestablish what we consider possible, to make our striving efforts more effective and more efficient. Every time we tap our inventive ability, we have the chance to revolutionize how we operate and interact, and how we best serve society's most urgent needs," said Patrick Harker, president of the University of Delaware. "I'm thrilled to be in the company of people who share this work and these ideals."
Included among the Fellows are eight Nobel Laureates, 14 presidents of research universities and non-profit research institutes, 53 members of the National Academies (National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine), 11 inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, two Fellows of the Royal Society, five recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, four recipients of the National Medal of Science, and 31 AAAS Fellows, among other major awards and distinctions.
"Maintaining a culture of innovation requires commitment, vision, and partnerships. To be recognized by the NAI for helping to promote that culture at my university is an honor," said G.P. "Bud" Peterson, president of the Georgia Institute of Technology and new Charter Fellow. "It supports our commitment to preparing students to become innovators and leaders, as well as helping faculty and staff to commercialize their ideas quickly."
The Fellows are recognized for accomplishments in innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society, support and enhancement of innovation, and patenting and licensing.
"Commercializing patents, spinning off new companies, building products, and creating high paying jobs have to become as much a part of a university's mission as educating a high tech workforce for its state and the nation," said Paul Sanberg, senior vice president for research and innovation at the University of South Florida, who is president of the NAI and a newly elected Fellow himself.
"The path to bring innovation from the lab to the market is challenging but exciting. A supportive ecosystem at universities makes a significant difference," said new Fellow Gerardine Botte, professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Ohio University.
The Charter Fellows will be inducted by the U.S. Commissioner for Patents, Margaret Focarino, from the USPTO, during the second annual conference of the NAI, Feb. 22, 2013, at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
In his keynote address at the NAI's first conference, David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, said: "The NAI is a breakthrough for our country. It couldn't be more timely to have an organization like this to be championing innovation."
"I attended the first NAI conference last February, where I met many truly accomplished inventors who have changed this world for the better," said Dean Sicking, professor of Engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). "I am really surprised and deeply honored to be considered worthy of being in this group."
Richard Marchase, UAB's interim president and another new NAI Fellow, agrees: "It is an honor to be included in this charter class with researchers who are daily pushing the envelope in engineering, drug discovery and many other fields. The induction of inventors like me who serve as university presidents is really a testament to our institutions' robust capacity for innovation, and translating those discoveries to benefit our communities and states in the form of better health, quality of life and economic development."
"Being elected a Fellow by the NAI is a testament to the importance of university invention and translating technology to society," said Morteza Gharib, vice provost for research and professor of Aeronautics and Bioinspired Engineering at the California Institute of Technology. "At Caltech, our mission is to expand human knowledge and benefit society through research integrated with education, and as academic inventors, we have the privilege of sharing that challenging and creative work with our students."
The 2012 NAI Charter Fellows:
Dharma P. Agrawal, University of Cincinnati
Anthony Atala, Wake Forest University
Benton F. Baugh, University of Houston
Khosrow Behbehani, University of Texas at Arlington
Raymond J. Bergeron, University of Florida
Gerardine G. Botte, Ohio University
Robert H. Brown, Jr., University of Massachusetts Medical Center
Robert L. Byer, Stanford University
Sir Roy Calne, University of Cambridge
Curtis R. Carlson, SRI International
Nai Yuen Chen, University of Texas at Arlington
Stephen Z. D. Cheng, The University of Akron
Paul C. W. Chu, University of Houston
James J. Collins, Boston University
James G. Conley, Northwestern University
Joseph T. Coyle, Harvard University
James E. Dahlberg, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Roger J. Davis, University of Massachusetts Medical Center
Sandra J. F. Degen, University of Cincinnati
Hector F. DeLuca, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Donn M. Dennis, University of Florida
Akira Endo, Tokyo University of Agriculture & Technology
Howard J. Federoff, Georgetown University
Thomas J. Fogarty, Fogarty Institute for Innovation
Kenneth M. Ford, Institute for Human & Machine Cognition
Eric R. Fossum, Dartmouth College
Robert C. Gallo, University of Maryland
Alan N. Gent, The University of Akron
Morteza Gharib, California Institute of Technology
Ivar Giaever, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Barbara A. Gilchrest, Boston University
Richard D. Gitlin, University of South Florida
Leonid B. Glebov, University of Central Florida
D. Yogi Goswami, University of South Florida
Mark W. Grinstaff, Boston University
Greg Hampikian, Boise State University
Barbara C. Hansen, University of South Florida
Patrick T. Harker, University of Delaware
Martin E. Hellman, Stanford University
Nick Holonyak, Jr., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Leroy E. Hood, Institute for Systems Biology
Richard A. Houghten, Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies
Ernest B. Izevbigie, Jackson State University
Stephen C. Jacobsen, University of Utah
Eric W. Kaler, University of Minnesota
Linda B. P. Katehi, University of California, Davis
Joseph P. Kennedy, The University of Akron
Sakhrat Khizroev, Florida International University
Sung Wan Kim, University of Utah
George V. Kondraske, University of Texas at Arlington
John J. Kopchick, Ohio University
Roger D. Kornberg, Stanford University
Max G. Lagally, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Robert S. Langer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Brian A. Larkins, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Victor B. Lawrence, Stevens Institute of Technology
Virginia M.-Y. Lee, University of Pennsylvania
Jean-Marie Pierre Lehn, University of Strasbourg
Shinn-Zong Lin, China Medical University
Thomas A. Lipo, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Barbara H. Liskov, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Alan F. List, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute
R. Bowen Loftin, Texas A&M University
Dan Luss, University of Houston
Robert Magnusson, University of Texas at Arlington
Richard B. Marchase, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Stephen W. S. McKeever, Oklahoma State University
Craig C. Mello, University of Massachusetts Medical Center
Shyam Mohapatra, University of South Florida
Theodore D. Moustakas, Boston University
George R. Newkome, The University of Akron
C. L. Max Nikias, University of Southern California
David P. Norton, University of Florida
Julio C. Palmaz, U. of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Thomas N. Parks, University of Utah
C. Kumar N. Patel, University of California, Los Angeles
Prem S. Paul, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
David W. Pershing, University of Utah
G. P. Peterson, Georgia Institute of Technology
Leonard Polizzotto, Draper Laboratory
Huntington Potter, University of Colorado Denver
Paul R. Sanberg, University of South Florida
Timothy D. Sands, Purdue University
Raymond F. Schinazi, Emory University
Dean L. Sicking, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Oliver Smithies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Solomon H. Snyder, Johns Hopkins University
Franky So, University of Florida
M. J. Soileau, University of Central Florida
Nan-Yao Su, University of Florida
Jack W. Szostak, Harvard University
Esther Sans Takeuchi, Stony Brook University
H. Holden Thorp, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Charles H. Townes, University of California, Berkeley
John Q. Trojanowski, University of Pennsylvania
Roger Y. Tsien, University of California, San Diego
James L. Van Etten, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
James W. Wagner, Emory University
John E. Ware, Jr., University of Massachusetts Medical Center
Herbert Weissbach, Florida Atlantic University
Shin-Tson Wu, University of Central Florida
A list of the NAI Charter Fellows, with biographies, is here http://www.academyofinventors.org/charter-fellows.asp.
About the National Academy of Inventors
The National Academy of Inventors is a non-profit member organization comprised of more than 45 U.S. and international universities and non-profit research institutes, with over 2,000 individual academic inventor members, and growing rapidly. It was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with a patent issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society. The offices of the NAI are located in the University of South Florida Research Park of Tampa Bay. The NAI edits the multidisciplinary journal, Technology and Innovation – Proceedings of the National Academy of Inventors, published by Cognizant Communication Corporation (NY). www.academyofinventors.org
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