Seven distinguished inventors from the three member institutions of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council – the University of Central Florida (UCF), the University of South Florida (USF) and the University of Florida (UF) – have been elected as 2020 Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).
The esteemed inventors include:
- Martin Richardson, Ph.D., UCF Pegasus Professor and University Trustee Chair, Northrop Grumman Professor of X-ray Photonics and Professor of Optics & Photonics
- James Hickman, UCF Professor, NanoScience Technology Center
- Richard Melker, UF Professor Emeritus of Anesthesiology
- Gregory Schultz, UF Professor, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology
- Jean-Francois Rossignol, Ph.D., M.D., USF Courtesy Professor, Morsani College of Medicine
- Richard Heller, Ph.D., USF Professor of Medical Engineering
- Venkat Bhethanabotla, Ph.D., Professor and Director of Materials Science & Engineering
These four innovators join 175 distinguished academic inventors elected to Fellow status who represent 115 research universities, and governmental and nonprofit research institutes worldwide, and collectively hold over 4,700 issued U.S. patents. Collectively, their body of research covers a range of scientific disciplines from biomedical engineering to physics.
“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,” said Paul R. Sanberg, president of the NAI and senior vice president for research, innovation & knowledge enterprise at USF. “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.”
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. 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.
The complete list of NAI Fellows is available on the NAI website.