The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) recently nominated more than 170 innovators to receive their NAI Fellow status and join a group of fellows that already includes 414 inventors from more than 150 different universities, governmental, and non-profit research institutions. Among the new fellows are two from The University of Texas at Arlington, two from the University of Houston, and one from the The University of Texas at Austin.
The Texas-based inventors were selected by their peers for their outstanding work in the fields of patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, and for making a significant impact on society through their own innovations. Daniel W. Armstrong, the UT Arlington Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, and Richard Timmons, a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry from The University of Texas at Arlington, received fellowships this year, while Benton F. Baugh and Rathindra N. Bose were named from the University of Houston. Joseph J. Beaman, Jr., an inventor at The University of Texas at Austin, was also chosen to receive the distinction.
The NAI Fellow designation is a high-level award granted to academic inventors in recognition of their work and a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions, which have had a palpable impact on quality of life, economic growth, and society’s welfare.
The distinguished innovators were chosen by the 2014 NAI Fellows Selection Committee, which is formed by 17 NAI Fellows, U.S. National Medals recipients, National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees, National Academies members, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) senior officials, and members of the Association of American Universities, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Association of University Technology Managers, and National Inventors Hall of Fame.
“We are delighted to recognize the 2014 NAI Fellows and their unparalleled commitment to excellence in academic invention,” said NAI President Paul R. Sanberg. “Their many discoveries have made a truly significant impact on society and we are proud to honor them for these contributions.”
The new NAI Fellows nominated will be inducted on March 20 of next year, during the 4th Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors, which is taking place at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. The keynote at the induction ceremony will be provided by USPTO Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations Andrew Faile, who will present the new Fellows with a trophy and a rosette pin in honor of their outstanding accomplishments.
“It is our distinct pleasure to host the 2014 NAI Fellows induction ceremony at Caltech,” said the Caltech’s vice provost for research and Charter Fellow of the NAI, Mory Gharib. “I am honored to be a Fellow of this organization and continue to be inspired by my innovative colleagues. I look forward to welcoming these renowned inventors to campus next March.”
The NAI Fellows who received the recognition from the academy are comprised of 61 presidents and senior leadership of research universities and non-profit research institutes, 208 members of the other National Academies, such as NAS, NAE, and IOM, 21 inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, 16 awardees of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation, 10 awardees of the U.S. National Medal of Science, 21 Nobel Laureates, 11 recipients of the Lemelson-MIT prize, 112 AAAS Fellows, and 62 IEEE Fellows, as well as recipients of other awards and recognitions. In addition, the 414 NAI Fellows together hold approximately 14,000 U.S. patents.