Texas A&M Hosting 2019 National Academy of Inventors Annual Meeting in Houston
Texas A&M University is serving as a Hosting Institution for the eighth annual meeting of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). The meeting is being held at the JW Marriott Galleria in Houston through tomorrow.
The theme of the meeting is “Connecting the Innovation Community,” and the program features presentations on topics such as Industry, Academy and Government Collaborations, Connecting Disciplines to Explore Innovative Solutions and Insights for Future Innovation.
Presenters include NAI members and Fellows as well as university leaders and government officials. The program features five keynote speakers, five panels and a variety of individual presentations.
Texas A&M is one of over 200 Member Institutions of the NAI and, as such, is a member of an innovation network that spans the globe. The NAI was founded in 2010 at the University of South Florida to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), 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.
The 2019 Annual Meeting of the NAI will conclude with the induction of the new Fellow inductees on April 11, 2019, in the Astronaut Gallery at Space Center Houston. The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has named 148 renowned academic inventors to NAI Fellow status for 2018. Among these are three faculty members from Texas A&M University: Mark A. Barteau, M. Cynthia Hipwell and Roderic Pettigrew. Drew Hirshfeld, U.S. Commissioner for Patents, will deliver the keynote address.
Collectively, the 1,060 NAI Fellows represent over 250 institutions worldwide. They hold more than 38,000 issued U.S. patents, which have generated more than 11,000 licensed technologies and created more than 36 million jobs. In addition, discoveries made by NAI Fellows have generated over $1.6 trillion in revenue.
Among all NAI Fellows, there are over 125 presidents and senior leaders of research universities, governmental and non-profit research institutes; 502 members of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine; 40 inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame; 57 recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation and U.S. National Medal of Science; and 34 Nobel Laureates, among other awards and distinctions.
“The Annual Meeting of the NAI is consistently a space of collaboration and inspiration where we can support and encourage academic inventors to pursue their loftiest goals,” said Paul R. Sanberg, President of the NAI. “Houston, home of the Johnson Space Center, is a vibrant hub of innovation, exploration and discovery, and the perfect place to recognize our incredible community. I look forward to two days of learning from and with our attendees, and honoring the outstanding achievements of our members.”
A detailed agenda is available here. Invited papers from the meeting will be published in the NAI’s multidisciplinary journal Technology & Innovation (T&I). To learn more about T&I, visit https://academyofinventors.org/ti-journal/.
About Research at Texas A&M University: As one of the world’s leading research institutions, Texas A&M is at the forefront in making significant contributions to scholarship and discovery, including that of science and technology. Research conducted at Texas A&M represented annual expenditures of more than $922 million in fiscal year 2018. Texas A&M ranked in the top 20 of the National Science Foundation’s Higher Education Research and Development survey (2017), based on expenditures of more than $905.4 million in fiscal year 2017. Texas A&M’s research creates new knowledge that provides basic, fundamental and applied contributions resulting, in many cases, in economic benefits to the state, nation and world. To learn more, visit http://research.tamu.edu.
About the National Academy of Inventors
The National Academy of Inventors is a member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutes, with over 4,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 250 institutions worldwide. It was founded in 2010 at the University of South Florida 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. The NAI publishes the multidisciplinary journal, Technology & Innovation. www.academyofinventors.org