National Academy of Inventors Fellow

The National Academy of Inventors was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society. Election to NAI Fellow status is considered one of the highest honors accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a highly 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.

Application/Nomination information: There is no restriction on who may nominate. Self-nominations are not accepted.
Agency deadline: October
Additional information: NAI website

Illinois Recipients

RecipientDepartmentAward Year
Rashid BashirBioengineering2018
Philip Krein^Electrical & Computer Engineering2017
Brian CunninghamElectrical & Computer Engineering2013
J. Gary Eden^Electrical & Computer Engineering2014
Nick Holonyak, Jr.^*Electrical & Computer Engineering2012
Kenneth SuslickChemistry2016