The Optical Society Congratulates 15 Members Elected as 2016 National Academy of Inventors Fellows

21 December 2016

The Optical Society Congratulates 15 Members Elected as 2016 National Academy of Inventors Fellows

WASHINGTON — The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) elected 15 members of The Optical Society as NAI Fellows on 13 December 2016.  With the election of the 2016 class, NAI notes that there are now 757 NAI Fellows, representing 229 research universities and governmental and non-profit research institutes. The 2016 Fellows are named inventors on 5,437 issued U.S. patents, bringing the collective patents held by all NAI Fellows to more than 26,000 issued U.S. patents.

“Election to NAI Fellow status is a professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated the true spirit of innovation with outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on our quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society,” stated Alan E. Willner, 2016 President of The Optical Society and Steven & Kathryn Sample Chair in Engineering, University of Southern California, California, USA. “The Optical Society is proud to have 15 of our members honored with this award, and we heartily congratulate them.”

The NAI described the election as, “Those elected to the rank of NAI Fellow are named inventors on U.S. patents and were nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to innovation in areas such as patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society, and support and enhancement of innovation.”

The newly elected fellows will be recognized, and will be formally inducted on 6 April 2017 at the Sixth Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors held in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston, Massachusetts.

2016 Elected NAI Fellows
Pallab K. Bhattacharya
University of Michigan, USA

Larry A. Coldren
University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Philippe M. Fauchet
Vanderbilt University, USA

David Huang
Oregon Health & Science University, USA
Seth R. Marder
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Ellen Ochoa
NASA Johnson Space Center, USA

Nasser Peyghambarian
The University of Arizona, USA
Paras N. Prasad
University at Buffalo, SUNY, USA
Richard E. Riman
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA
Nabeel A. Riza
University College Cork, Ireland

Michael S. Shur
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
David R. Smith
Duke University, USA
Nelson Tansu
Lehigh University, USA
Andrew M. Weiner
Purdue University, USA
Amnon Yariv
California Institute of Technology, USA
*2016 NAI Fellows complete list: The National Academy of Inventors

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