Four Academic Inventors Join Elite Group of the Nation’s Foremost Innovators
TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 13, 2017) – Four academic inventors representing the three member institutions of The Corridor – the University of Central Florida, the University of Florida and the University of South Florida – have been elected as 2017 Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).
The 2017 NAI Fellows from The Corridor institutions are:
• Anthony B. Brennan, Margaret A. Ross Endowed Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida
• Aravinda Kar, Professor, College of Optics & Photonics, University of Central Florida
• Donald B. Keck, Professor, Institute for Advanced Discovery & Innovation, University of South Florida
• Dennis K. Killinger, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, Department of Physics, University of South Florida
“The four 2017 NAI Fellows in The Corridor region represent a rich diversity of research and innovation in the area,” said Ed Schons, president of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council. “Their work in biomedical engineering, physics, optics and photonics has positively impacted society by taking risks necessary for advancement. These individuals are an example of what many in The Corridor do – experiment, collaborate and impact lives for the better.”
These four innovators are among the 155 academic inventors selected for induction as NAI Fellows this year and join a group that now comprises 912 NAI Fellows, representing over 250 research universities and governmental and nonprofit research institutes. The 2017 Fellows are named inventors on nearly 6,000 issued U.S. patents, bringing the collective patents held by all NAI Fellows to more than 32,000 issued U.S. patents.
Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional accolade bestowed to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and welfare of society. As detailed in the 2017 NAI Activities Report, published in Sept. 2017, NAI Fellows have generated more than 9,400 licensed technologies and companies, and created more than 1.3 million jobs, with over $137 billion in revenue generated based on their discoveries.
Those elected to the rank of NAI Fellow are named inventors on U.S. patents and were nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions in areas such as patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society, and support and enhancement of innovation.
On Apr. 5, 2018, the 2017 NAI Fellows will be inducted as part of the Seventh Annual NAI Conference of the National Academy of Inventors at the Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection in Washington, D.C. Andrew H. Hirshfeld, U.S. commissioner for patents, 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 inventors elected to the 2017 class of NAI Fellows from Florida’s major research institutions exemplify the incredible innovation fueling the state,” said NAI President Paul Sanberg. “These accomplished individuals represent the pinnacle of achievement at the intersection of academia and invention – their discoveries have changed the way we view the world. They epitomize the triumph of a university culture that celebrates patents, licensing and commercialization, and we look forward to engaging their talents to further support academic innovation.”
Included among all NAI Fellows are more than 100 presidents and senior leaders of research universities and nonprofit research institutes; 439 members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine; 36 inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame; 52 recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation, and U.S. National Medal of Science; 29 Nobel Laureates; 261 AAAS Fellows; 168 IEEE Fellows; and, 142 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: http://www.academyofinventors.org/search-fellows.asp.
About the National Academy of Inventors
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 institutes, with over 4,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 250 institutions worldwide. 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 publishes the multidisciplinary journal, Technology and Innovation, Journal of the National Academy of Inventors. www.academyofinventors.org
About The Florida High Tech Corridor Council
The Florida High Tech Corridor Council is an economic development initiative of the University of Central Florida (UCF), the University of South Florida (USF) and the University of Florida (UF). The mission of The Corridor is to grow high tech industry and innovation through partnerships that support research, marketing, workforce and entrepreneurship.
A partnership involving more than 25 local and regional economic development organizations (EDOs), 14 state colleges and 12 CareerSource boards, The Corridor is co-chaired by the presidents of UCF, USF and UF. The Corridor includes the presidents of two state colleges, the president of the Florida Institute of Technology and representatives of high tech industry.
The unique partnership has resulted in a strategic approach to high tech economic development that supports matching funds research, marketing, workforce development and entrepreneurship leveraging governmental, EDO and corporate budgets on a regional rather than local basis.
For more information, visit www.floridahightech.com.