Eleven academic inventors from five universities and two research institutes that are part of the State University System of Florida have been elected as 2016 Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors.
They include inventors from the University of Florida, University of South Florida, Florida State University, Florida International University, University of Central Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center and the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition. They are among the 175 academic inventors selected for induction as NAI Fellows this year and join a group that now comprises 757 fellows from 229 prestigious research universities and governmental and non-profit research institutions.
The 2016 Fellows are named inventors on 5,437 issued U.S. patents, bringing the collective patents held by all NAI Fellows to more than 26,000.
“The researchers on this list have all made remarkable contributions to their fields, developing new inventions that will propel the economy while helping us live longer, better lives,” said Board of Governors Chair Tom Kuntz, who has made raising the State University System’s research profile a key priority. “Research and innovation play a critical role in the impact our universities make in Florida as well as nationally and globally.”
“The State University System is a hub of innovation and creativity, frequently developing ideas and inventions that fuel Florida’s economy and advance humankind,” said Marshall Criser III, State University System chancellor. “I congratulate all 11 of the selected inventors on this prestigious recognition.”
Election as an NAI Fellow is a high honor bestowed upon academic innovators and inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions and innovations that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.
The 2016 NAI Fellows from Florida SUS universities and research institutes are:
Kenneth G. Furton, Provost and Executive Vice President, Florida International University
Alan G. Marshall, Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry, Florida State University
David P. Fries, interdisciplinary research scientist, Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
Nicholas J. Lawrence, professor, Moffitt Cancer Center
Nazim Z. Muradov, research professor, University of Central Florida
Juan E. Gilbert, Andrew Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Professor and Chair, Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering, University of Florida
Nicolas Muzyczka, Eminent Scholar for Cancer Research, College of Medicine, UF
Andrew G. Rinzler, professor, Department of Physics, UF
Israel J. Morejon, board member, University of South Florida Research Foundation Board of Directors
Sudeep Sarkar, professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering and Associate Vice President for Research & Innovation, USF
Thomas M. Weller, professor and chair, Department of Electrical Engineering, USF
Academic inventors and innovators elected to the rank of NAI Fellow were nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to innovation in areas such as patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society, and support and enhancement of innovation.
The 2016 Fellows will be inducted on April 6, 2017, as part of the Sixth Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston, Ma. U.S. Commissioner for Patents, Andrew H. Hirshfeld will provide the keynote address for the induction ceremony. In honor of their outstanding accomplishments, Fellows will be presented with a special trophy, medal, and rosette pin.
“The number of prolific inventors selected as new NAI Fellows from Florida’s universities speaks to the great depth of innovative talent that exists across the state university system,” said NAI President Paul R. Sanberg. “We are privileged to welcome these remarkable inventors, and celebrate their discoveries and important contributions to society.”
Included among all NAI Fellows are more than 94 presidents and senior leaders of research universities and non-profit research institutes, 376 members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 28 inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, 45 recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation and U.S. National Medal of Science, 28 Nobel Laureates, 216 AAAS Fellows, 126 IEEE Fellows, and 116 Fellows of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, among other awards and distinctions.
A complete list of NAI Fellows, including links to biographical information, is available here.
Facts about the State University System of Florida and the Board of Governors
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The National Academy of Inventors
The National Academy of Inventors is a 501(c)(3) non-profit member organization comprised of U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutions, with over 3,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 250 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 edits the multidisciplinary journal, Technology and Innovation, Journal of the National Academy of Inventors.