Numerous Indian-American innovators named National Academy of Inventors Fellows for 2020

Venkat Bhethanabotla. Photo: University of South Florida website

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) elected 175 prolific academic innovators from across the world to NAI Fellow status, the institute announced Dec. 8.

The 21 Indian American Fellows are-

Ananth Annapragada (Baylor College of Medicine,Texas), Samuel Asirvatham (Mayo Clinic, Minnesota), Bir Bhanu (University of California – Riverside, California), Venkat Bhethanabotla (University of South Florida, Florida), V. Chandrasekar (Colorado State University, Colorado), Ramalingam Chellappa (Johns Hopkins University, Maryland), Rajesh Dave (New Jersey Institute of Technology, New Jersey), Nikil Jayant (Georgia Institute of Technology Georgia, Anant Madabhushi (Case Western Reserve University, Ohio),

Nitish Thakor. Photo: Johns Hopkins University (

Mitzi Nagarkatti (University of South Carolina South, Carolina), Vijaykrishnan Narayanan (The Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania), Keshab Parhi (University of Minnesota, Minnesota), Vilupanur Ravi (Cal Poly Pomona, California), E. Premkumar Reddy (Mount Sinai Health System, New York), Ashutosh Sabharwal (Rice University, Texas), Ravi Sandhu (The University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas), Rahul Shrivastav (University of Georgia, Georgia), Nitish Thakor (Johns Hopkins University, Maryland), Ranji Vaidyanathan (Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma), George Varghese (University of California, Los Angeles, California), and Bipin Vora (Illinois Institute of Technology, Illinois).

Vilupanur Ravi. Photo: Cal Poly Ponoma, California

According to its website, the NAI Fellows Program highlights academic inventors who have demonstrated a spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on the quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.

Election to NAI Fellow is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors. To date, NAI Fellows hold more than 42,700 issued U.S. patents, which have generated over 13,000 licensed technologies and companies, and created more than 36 million jobs. In addition, over $2.2 trillion in revenue has been generated based on NAI Fellow discoveries.

Anant Madabhushi Photo: Case Western Reserve University, Ohio

According to a press release, the 2020 Fellow class represents 115 research universities and governmental and non-profit research institutes worldwide. They collectively hold over 4,700 issued U.S. patents. Among the 2020 Fellows are recipients of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, American Academy of Arts & Sciences and Nobel Prize, as well as other honors and distinctions. Their collective body of research covers a range of scientific disciplines including biomedical engineering, computer engineering, materials science, and physics.

The class of Fellows will be inducted at the 2021 Fellows Induction Ceremony at the Tenth Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Inventors this June in Tampa, Florida.

“I’m so pleased to welcome this year’s class of outstanding NAI Fellows who have shown great dedication, creativity, and perseverance in the advancement of academic technology and innovation,” as Paul R. Sanberg, President of the NAI said in the press release. “This year especially, we have seen what a critical role academic research plays in supporting society. I look forward to working collaboratively with the new NAI Fellows in growing a global culture of innovation.”

The complete list of NAI Fellows is available on the NAI website.




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