National Academy of Inventors Names 170 New Fellows

— The 2014 class brings total NAI Fellows to 414 distinguished academic innovators

TAMPA, Florida, Dec. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) today announced the election of 170 distinguished innovators as Fellows of the NAI for 2014. 

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"We are delighted to recognize the 2014 NAI Fellows and their unparalleled commitment to excellence in academic invention," said NAI President Dr. Paul R. Sanberg.  "Their many discoveries have made a truly significant impact on society and we are proud to honor them for these contributions."

Including the newly elected Fellows, the number of NAI Fellows now totals 414 outstanding academic inventors and innovators, representing more than 150 prestigious research universities and governmental and non-profit research institutions. Collectively, the 414 NAI Fellows hold nearly 14,000 U.S. patents.

Included among all 414 NAI Fellows are 61 presidents and senior leadership of research universities and non-profit research institutes, 208 members of the other National Academies (NAS, NAE, IOM), 21 inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, 16 recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation, 10 recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Science, 21 Nobel Laureates, 11 Lemelson-MIT prize recipients, 112 AAAS Fellows, and 62 IEEE Fellows, among other awards and distinctions. 

Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation 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 Fellows will be inducted on Mar. 20, 2015, as part of the 4th Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations Andrew Faile will provide the keynote address for the induction ceremony. Fellows will be presented with a special trophy, newly designed medal, and rosette pin in honor of their outstanding accomplishments.

"It is our distinct pleasure to host the 2014 NAI Fellows induction ceremony at Caltech," said Mory Gharib, Caltech’s vice provost for research and Charter Fellow of the NAI. "I am honored to be a Fellow of this organization and continue to be inspired by my innovative colleagues."

A complete list of all NAI Fellows, with links to bios and photos is available at

The 2014 NAI Fellows:

Ilhan A. Aksay, Princeton University
Nancy L. Allbritton, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Jan P. Allebach, Purdue University
Daniel W. Armstrong, The University of Texas at Arlington
Frances H. Arnold, California Institute of Technology
Kyriacos A. Athanasiou, University of California, Davis
Nadine N. Aubry, Northeastern University
David Baltimore, California Institute of Technology
Amit Bandyopadhyay, Washington State University
Joseph J. Beaman, Jr., The University of Texas at Austin
James A. Birchler, University of Missouri-Columbia
Donald R. Bobbitt, University of Arkansas
Jeffrey T. Borenstein, The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory
H. Kim Bottomly, Wellesley College
Scott A. Brandt, University of California, Santa Cruz
Steven P. Briggs, University of California, San Diego
Robert A. Brown, Boston University
Karen J.L. Burg, Kansas State University
Robert H. Byrne, University of South Florida
A. Robert Calderbank, Duke University
Emily A. Carter, Princeton University
Alexander N. Cartwright, The State University of New York
H. Jonathan Chao, New York University
Ching-Shih Chen, The Ohio State University
Ashutosh Chilkoti, Duke University
Arul M. Chinnaiyan, University of Michigan
Steven Chu, Stanford University
James J. Coleman, The University of Texas at Dallas
J. Edward Colgate, Northwestern University
Barry S. Coller, The Rockefeller University
R. Graham Cooks, Purdue University
Rory A. Cooper, University of Pittsburgh
Harold G. Craighead, Cornell University
Charles S. Craik, University of California, San Francisco
Alfred J. Crosby, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Marcos Dantus, Michigan State University
Huw M.L. Davies, Emory University
Mark R.D. Davies, University of Limerick
Mark E. Dean, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Richard D. DiMarchi, Indiana University
Michael A. Dirr, The University of Georgia
Richard A. Dixon, University of North Texas
John P. Donoghue, Brown University
Jonathan S. Dordick, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Jennifer A. Doudna, University of California, Berkeley
Anatoly Dritschilo, Georgetown University
Robert V. Duncan, Texas Tech University
Russell D. Dupuis, Georgia Institute of Technology
Victor J. Dzau, Duke University
James H. Eberwine, University of Pennsylvania
Elazer R. Edelman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
J. Gary Eden, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Jennifer H. Elisseeff, Johns Hopkins University
Sir Martin J. Evans, Cardiff University
David A. Evans, Harvard University
Gregg B. Fields, Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies
Stephen R. Forrest, University of Michigan
Michael W. Fountain  University of South Florida
Ingrid Fritsch, University of Arkansas
Cynthia M. Furse, The University of Utah
Elsa M. Garmire, Dartmouth College
Samuel H. Gellman, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Amit Goyal, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Bruce D. Hammock, University of California, Davis
Justin Hanes, Johns Hopkins University
Frank W. Harris, The University of Akron
Vikki Hazelwood, Stevens Institute of Technology
Maurice P. Herlihy, Brown University
John C. Herr, University of Virginia
David R. Hillyard, The University of Utah
Jeffrey A. Hubbell, The University of Chicago
Suzanne T. Ildstad, University of Louisville
M. Saif Islam, University of California, Davis
Robert D. Ivarie, The University of Georgia
Allan J. Jacobson, University of Houston
Trevor O. Jones, Case Western Reserve University
Michael E. Jung, University of California, Los Angeles
Kattesh V. Katti, University of Missouri-Columbia
Jay D. Keasling, University of California, Berkeley
Behrokh Khoshnevis, University of Southern California
Marcia J. Kieliszewski, The Ohio State University
Michael N. Kozicki, Arizona State University
Juan C. Lasheras, University of California, San Diego
Wen-Hwa Lee, China Medical University
Chiang J. Li, Harvard University
James Linder, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Stuart M. Lindsay, Arizona State University
Robert J. Linhardt, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Philip S. Low, Purdue University
Yuri M. Lvov, Louisiana Tech University
Asad M. Madni, University of California, Los Angeles
Marc J. Madou, University of California, Irvine
Richard A. Mathies, University of California, Berkeley
Richard D. McCullough, Harvard University
Carver A. Mead, California Institute of Technology
Wen Jin Meng, Louisiana State University
Xiang-Jin Meng, Virginia Tech
Thomas O. Mensah, Florida State University
Antonios G. Mikos, Rice University
Richard K. Miller, Olin College
Duane D. Miller, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Jan D. Miller, The University of Utah
Sergey B. Mirov, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Jeffrey R. Morgan, Brown University
Brij M. Moudgil, University of Florida
Jose M.F. Moura, Carnegie Mellon University
Shuji Nakamura, University of California, Santa Barbara
Jagdish Narayan, North Carolina State University
Shree K. Nayar, Columbia University
Douglas F. Nixon, The George Washington University
Babatunde A. Ogunnaike, University of Delaware
Iwao Ojima, Stony Brook University
Nicholas A. Peppas, The University of Texas at Austin
Michael A. Peshkin, Northwestern University
Victor L. Poirier, University of South Florida
Mark R. Prausnitz, Georgia Institute of Technology
Darwin J. Prockop, Texas A&M University
Alain T. Rappaport, Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
Renee A. Reijo Pera, Montana State University
Daniel E. Resasco, The University of Oklahoma
Rebecca R. Richards-Kortum, Rice University
Yasuko Rikihisa, The Ohio State University
Pradeep K. Rohatgi, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Barbel M. Rohrer, Medical University of South Carolina
Erkki Ruoslahti, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
B. Don Russell, Jr., Texas A&M University
Ram Sasisekharan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
W. Gregory Sawyer, University of Florida
Axel Scherer, California Institute of Technology
Joseph M. Schimmels, Marquette University
C. Richard Schlegel, Georgetown University
Said M. Sebti, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer & Research Institute
George E. Seidel, Jr., Colorado State University
Arup K. Sengupta, Lehigh University
Wan Y. Shih, Drexel University
Kevin M. Short, University of New Hampshire
Richard B. Silverman, Northwestern University
Marwan A. Simaan, University of Central Florida
Raj N. Singh, Oklahoma State University
Thomas C. Skalak, University of Virginia
Mohamed Y. Soliman, Texas Tech University
Bruce J. Tatarchuk, Auburn University
Gordon A. Thomas, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Mark E. Thompson, University of Southern California
Thomas G. Thundat, University of Alberta
Richard B. Timmons, The University of Texas at Arlington
Mark L. Tykocinski  Thomas Jefferson University
Kamil Ugurbil, University of Minnesota
Anthony J. Vizzini, Wichita State University
Horst Vogel, Swiss Institute of Technology
Nicholi Vorsa, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Columbia University
Kristiina Vuori, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
Kevin M. Walsh, University of Louisville
Christine A. Wang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Shaomeng Wang, University of Michigan
Paul H. Weigel, The University of Oklahoma
Jonathan A. Wickert, Iowa State University
Alan E. Willner, University of Southern California
Richard C. Willson, III, University of Houston
Chi-Huey Wong, Academia Sinica
John A. Woollam, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Shelby D. Worley, Auburn University
Chris Xu, Cornell University
Ping Xu, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Zhi Xu, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Janet K. Yamamoto, University of Florida
Shu Yang, University of Pennsylvania
Michael J. Yaszemski, Mayo Clinic
Phillip D. Zamore, University of Massachusetts Medical School

The National Academy of Inventors is a 501(c)(3) non-profit member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutions, with over 3,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 200 institutions, and growing rapidly. It was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents 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 NAI offices are located in the University of South Florida Research Park. The NAI edits the multidisciplinary journal, Technology and Innovation, published by Cognizant Communication Corporation (NY).

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