Stephen Z.D. Cheng
Four University of Akron inventors were honored today as Charter Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).
The inductees are:
Alan N. Gent
The four inventors hold a combined 144 U.S.-issued patents. They will be inducted by the U.S. Commissioner for Patents, Margaret A. Focarino, during the second conference of the National Academy of Inventors on Feb. 22 in Tampa, Fla.
"These individuals have made important contributions to their respective fields as researchers, educators and inventors, and helped to establish a culture of research excellence on our campus," says UA President Dr. Luis M. Proenza.
"I am particularly delighted that this honor by The National Academy of Inventors recognizes the inventive and patentable nature of their good work," adds Proenza.
Joseph P. Kennedy
Inventors honored as NAI Fellows demonstrate 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, according to the NAI.
The 98 innovators elected to NAI Fellow status represent 54 universities and nonprofit research institutes. Together, they hold more than 3,200 U.S. patents.
The academy serves to:
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