The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) recently named 148 renowned academic inventors to NAI Fellow status. Among them are some 13 of South Asian origin.
The 2018 class of Fellows represent 125 research universities and governmental and non-profit research institutes worldwide and are named inventors on nearly 4,000 issued U.S. patents. To date, there are over 1,000 NAI Fellows who have generated more than 11,000 licensed technologies and companies, created more than 1.4 million jobs, and generated over $190 billion in revenue, according to a press release from NAI in December.
According to the Academy, election to NAI Fellow status is the “highest professional distinction” academic inventors could earn. These are individuals “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 the welfare of society,” the NAI says. The 2018 class of NAI Fellows has made an incredible impact in a variety of fields, including biomedical engineering, laser photonics and computer sciences, the press release said. Those of South Asian-origin who were named Fellows, are the following:
Rafi Ahmed, Emory University
Pulickel M. Ajayan, Rice University
Bernard P. Arulanandam, The University of Texas at San Antonio
Pradeep K. Khosla, University of California, San Diego
Lalit K. Mestha, The University of Texas at Arlington
Prakash Nagarkatti, University of South Carolina
Muthukumaran Packirisamy, Concordia University
Apparao M. Rao, Clemson Nanomaterials Institute/Clemson University
Jagannathan Sarangapani, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Vinod Sarin, Boston University
Rahul Sarpeshkar, Dartmouth College
Koduvayur P. Subbalakshmi, Stevens Institute of Technology
Bhavani Thuraisingham, The University of Texas at Dallas