Three ECE professors elected to fellow status of the National Academy of Inventors
The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has elected three Purdue ECE professors to NAI Fellow status. Alexandra Boltasseva, Ron and Dotty Garvin Tonjes Professor of ECE, Mung Chiang, the Roscoe H. George Distinguished Professor of ECE and the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering, and Haiyan Wang, Basil S. Turner Professor of Engineering, join 175 prolific academic innovators from across the world in the 2020 class of Fellows.
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.
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.
Three Purdue ECE professors have previously been elected to fellow status of the NAI: Jan Allebach (2014), the Hewlett-Packard Distinguished Professor of ECE, Charles Bouman (2015), the Showalter Professor of ECE, and Andrew M. Weiner (2016), Scifres Family Distinguished Professor of ECE.
The complete list of NAI Fellows is available on the NAI website.